Army women improved to 4-0 in NERFU’s division one after its 49-0 win over Boston University, which is now 2-1-1. With the victory, the cadets have scored 201 points and haven’t allowed any against during league season.
Several players had multi-try performances, including Jess Sexauer, who came off the bench after National Championship MVP Annie Lee left with an injury, Sharon Gianessi and wing Allison Wilson.
“With the exception of our scrumhalf and outside center, our entire backline is back,” Army coach Will Riddle said. “Our strength is still in our outside play, and we’re sticking to our style of play. We are rebuilding our scrum and lineouts, which has been difficult with only one of eight returners present.”
National team scrum coach Bill Le Clerc is on staff for both the men’s and women’s teams, so that’s a big plus for the reigning national champs.
Riddle was pleased with the team’s turnaround in the tackle area, which needed some improvement as well.
“We were giving up two or three meters and every tackle, and that was killing us,” Riddle reflected on previous matches. “We let the attacking side stay on the front foot. Again it’s difficult when you only have one returning forward and three freshmen in the starting 15. They’re learning the intensity part of the game, which is good.”
One of the new forward freshman showing promise is flanker Nicki Capple. She eventually left play with a shoulder injury, but her time on the pitch was well noted.
In other DI NERFU news, UConn defeated Northeastern 48-0 and saw Rosie Edreira (3), USA U20 Eagle Alycia Washington (2), Jenny Jaekle and Cassie Eilers score tries, while Chelsea Martin slotted four conversions. Boston College outlasted UMass 10-0 for the team’s second win of the season.