Friday, May 24, 2013

More from last weekend's Rugby Nationals

Three Catholic Memorial High School girls rugby players were named to the All-Tournament Team by USA Junior All-American coach Danielle Miller for the 2013 National Championship tournament.

Senior Cpt Kelli Piatt
Junior Cpt Maggie Wesolowski (not pictured)
Junior Cpt. Julie Else
The CMH Girls Varsity Rugby Team competed against the best teams in the country this past weekend. Ranked fourth in the Division One bracket, the Crusaders faced off against fellow IB-school #5 Summitt High School, Colorado. After an early score from Summitt and a late goal-line stand, the Crusaders were able to score two tries through junior Rebecca Haight. Junior Molly Langhenry kicked one of the conversions for the 12-7 victory. In the semifinal match, Memorial faced #1 Fallbrook, California.

In a rematch of last year's national semifinal, Fallbrook's pace was unmatched in this tourna-ment and they pulled away for a hard-fought 33-0 vic-tory. The girls returned Sunday for the 3rd place match against cross-town competitors Divine Savior. Just like last year, the girls fell behind by two scores, only to battle back again.

The Crusaders built several phases of posses-sion and after putting DSHA under pressure, junior Julie Else darted around the edge of a ruck near the goalline. With a tackler wrapping her up, she reached out her arm to touch the ball down just before being hit by a second tackler, to earn a bravely taken score.

Ten minutes later, after a turnover, Memorial tied the match on a dramatic 70 meter run from Haight. Langhenry's conversion gave CMH a 12-10 lead. Both teams continued to battle for the remainder of the second half. DSHA captain Lindey Wise was impressive with some runs up the middle and DS was able to add a couple more tries and won 27-12.

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