Saranac Lake, N.Y. - The Women’s Collegiate All-American (WCAA) Touring Side faced the CIS All-Canadian team on Thursday night in the 2011
Can-Am Rugby Tournament in Saranac Lake, New York. The WCAA’s lost the match 19-3 and will have a rematch on Sunday in Bloomingdale, New York at 3:30PM.
The first thirty minutes of the match saw no scoring as a result of the solid defense by both sides.
The deadlock was finally broken when All-Canada Flanker, Jessica Jacobs, received a yellow card in the 32nd minute. The penalty allowed for the WCAA’s to mount a successful attack that led to a penalty kick by Brittany Houston in the 35th minute. The penalty was crucial for the WCAA as they had a slight 3-0 advantage, in an even match, heading into the halftime break.
Unfortunately for the WCAA’s the lead was short-lived due to a try in the 41st minute by All-Canada winger, Magali Harvey, who also made the conversion to give her team a 7-3 lead to begin the second half.
The All-Canada quick score after the break was the catalyst for their 19 unanswered points in the second half, as it gave them considerable momentum and put pressure on the WCAA’s to score in a defensive match.
The WCAA defense broke down again in the 55th minute and allowed All-Canada inside center, Shannon Court, to cross the try line. After Magali Harvey’s second conversion the score stood at 14-3 heading into the critical final 20 minutes of play.
Other than the two lapses that let in tries, the WCAA defense handled the All-Canada attack very well, which kept themselves in the game until the 78th minute when All-Canada replacement lock, Randi Hunter, scored the deciding try and finalized the score at 19-3.
Although the match did not end up the way the WCAA’s would have liked, their physical play and defense is something to build the offense off of for their rematch on Sunday. The match on Thursday was the first time the team has played together and they will surely benefit from its experience and the following days of rest and preparation.
The second and final match of the series will be played on Sunday, July 31 at 3:30 P.M. on Bloomingdale Field, Bloomingdale, New York.
All Americans 3
CIS All-Canada 19
Tries: Harvey, Court, Hunter
Convs: Harvey 2
Women’s Collegiate All-American Touring Side
15 Katie Lorenz (UNC-Chapel Hill)
14 Rebekah Siebach (BYU)
13 Justina DeBruzzi (St. Thomas)
12 Kristi Jackson (BYU)
11 Tyra McGrady (Indiana)
10 Kara Remington (BYU)
9 Brittany Houston (c) (UW-Milwaukee)
1 Rachel Ryan (Wyoming)
2 Joanna Kitlinski (Grand Valley State)
3 Elizabeth Fierman (Northeastern)
4 Kyle Armstrong (Penn State)
5 Wendy Sherman (Colorado State)
6 Candace Barley (Lee Univ.)
7 Kendra Klump (MSU-Mankato)
8 Laura Miller (St. Mary’s College of Md)
16 Morgan Johnson (North Dakota State) (for Armstrong at 66)
17 Katie O’Malley (Stonehill) (for Jackson at 76)
18 Evelyn Ashenbrucker (UC San Diego) (for Sherman at 46)
19 Rebekah Knappe (Colorado State) (for Krug at 76)
20 Kimber Rozier (c) (UNC-Chapel Hill) (for Remington at 63)
21 Melissa Krug (Univ. Minnesota-Twin Cities) (for Barley at 35)
22 Alyssa Baccarella (MIT)
15 Lisa Gauthier (St. Francis Xavier)
14 Natasha Watcham-Roy (Univ. of Ottawa)
13 Andrea Wadsworth (Queen’s University)
12 Shannon Court (Univ. of Lethbridge)
11 Magali Harvey (St. Francis Xavier)
10 Kate Foulds (Univ. of Ottawa)
9 Elizabeth Mackinnon (Univ. of Calgary)
1 Briana Cunningham (Univ. of Waterloo)
2 Mary-Jane Kirby (Guelph Univ.)
3 Elie Papineau (Univ. Laval)
4 Steffany Hoffman (Univ. of Alberta)
5 Abby Goodwin (Univ. of Victoria)
6 Lea Leahy (Concordia Univ.)
7 Jessica Jacobs (St. Francis Xavier)
8 Sam Eyles (Univ. of Waterloo)
16 Randi Hunter (Univ. of Victoria) (on for Hoffman at 31)
17 Sumara Profit (Univ. of Prince Edward Island) (on for Cunningham at 53)
18 Carmen Hobbs (Univ. of Alberta) (on for Eyeles at 53)
19 Chelsey Waldie (Univ. of Prince Edward Island) (on for Court at 63)
20 Susan Heald (Queen’s Univ.) (on for MacKinnon at 59)
21 Rachael McMaster (Univ. of Western Ontario) (on for Wadsworth at 40)
22 Jennifer Shotbolt (Univ. of Western Ontario) (on for Watcham-Roy at 59)