Boulder, Colo. – The 2011 Women’s Collegiate All-American Touring Side faced the CIS All-Canada team on Sunday in the Can-Am Tournament and narrowly escaped with a 23-21 victory that went down to the final minutes.
The two days in between the All American’s last match with the Canadian team proved invaluable, as they were able to produce 20 points Sunday against the 3 points they earned Thursday. Flyhalf Kimber Rozier led the way for the Women’s All-American Touring Side as she accumulated 18 points throughout the match.
Rozier’s first points came early on when in the eighth minute she was able to touch down and give the WCAA their first lead of Can-Am play. Her conversion brought the score to 7-0.
Faced with their first deficit in two matches, the CIS team quickly responded with a try and conversion by winger, Magali Harvey in the 15th minute. This was Harvey’s second try in as many matches and it leveled the score through the first quarter of play.
The All Americans answered the Canadians try within seven minutes and regained the lead when lock, Wendy Sherman, was able to power her way through the CIS defense on her way to the try zone. Rozier nailed her second conversion of the day and brought the score to 14-7 in favor of the Americans.
Rozier’s foot was steady throughout the entire first half; she made two conversions and in the 26th and 34th minutes she made two penalty kicks that stretched the US ladies lead to 13 points heading into the waning minutes of the first half.
The All American defense was on point throughout the remainder of the first half until CIS outside center Shannon Court scampered in for a try with no time left on the first half clock; the Harvey conversion brought the score to 20-14 in favor of the All Americans at halftime.
The next 20 minutes of play was a back and forth affair seeing multiple possession changes but no scoring. That was until the 64th minute when CIS flyhalf, Kate Foulds, scored a try to put the score at 20-19 with the conversion to come. Magali Harvey made the crucial kick and the Canadians took a 20-21 lead heading into the last 15 minutes of play.
With the pressure mounting and time running out, the All Americans morphed into early match form and forced CIS to commit a penalty in the 72nd minute.
Rozier was cool in taking the crucial kick and knocked it over to secure the 23-21 victory for the All Americans.
Women’s Collegiate All-Americans
Tries: Rozier, Sherman
Convs: Rozier 2
Pens: Rozier 3
Tries: Harvey, Court, Foulds
Convs: Harvey 3
Women’s Collegiate All-American Touring Side
15 Katie Lorenz (UNC-Chapel Hill)
14 Rebekah Siebach (BYU)
13 Katie O’Malley (Stonehill)
12 Ryan Carlyle (South Carolina)
11 Tyra McGrady (Indiana)
10 Kimber Rozier (c) (UNC-Chapel Hill)
9 Alyssa Baccarella (MIT)
1 Nwakaego Onyekwere (Penn St.)
2 Rachel Ryan (Wyoming)
3 Elizabeth Fierman (Northeastern)
4 Morgan Johnson (North Dakota State)
5 Wendy Sherman (Colorado State)
6 Joanna Kitlinski (Grand Valley State)
7 Kendra Klump (MSU-Mankato)
8 Laura Miller (St. Mary’s College of Md)
16 Justina DeBruzzi (St. Thomas) on for O’Malley at 62
17 Brittany Houston (UW-Milwaukee) on for Baccarella at 66
18 Melissa Krug (Univ. Minnesota-Twin Cities)
19 Rebekah Knappe (Colorado State)
20 Kyle Armstrong (Penn State)
21 Evelyn Ashenbrucker (UC San Diego) on for Johnson at 53
CIS All-Canadian Team
15 Lisa Gauthier (St. Francis Xavier)
14 Jennifer Shotbolt (Univ. of Western Ontario)
13 Shannon Court (Univ. of Lethbridge)
12 Rachel McMaster (Univ. of Western Ontario)
11 Magali Harvey (St. Francis Xavier)
10 Kate Foulds (Univ. of Ottawa)
9 Susan Heald (Queen’s Univ.)
1 Briana Cunningham (Univ. of Waterloo)
2 Mary-Jane Kirby (Guelph Univ.)
3 Elie Papineau (Univ. Laval)
4 Abby Goodwin (Univ. of Victoria)
5 Randi Hunter (Univ. of Victoria)
6 Lea Leahy (Concordia Univ.)
7 Jessica Jacobs (St. Francis Xavier)
8 Sam Eyles (Univ. of Waterloo)
16 Sumara Profit (Univ. of Prince Edward Island)
17 Steffany Hoffman (Univ. of Alberta) on for Hunter at 52
18 Chelsea Waldie (Univ. of Prince Edward Island) on for Court at 60
19 Cameron Hobbs (Univ. of Alberta) on for Goodman at 52
20 Elizabeth Mackinnon (Univ. of Calgary)
21 Andrea Wadsworth (Queen’s Univ.)
22 Natasha Watcham-Roy (Univ. of Ottawa)