CMHS Girls Rugby: Currently ranked #7 in the U.S.A.
Friday Sept 26th
from CMH Girls Rugby Coach John Waliszewski -
Catholic Memorial 28 DSHA 5
The Lady Crusaders won the other homecoming match last night on an afternoon dedicated to the memory of murdered journalist, Marquette grad, and former rugby playing teammate of coaches Klein and Waliszewski. The play of the game occurred in the first half, as Memorial with a series of sustained pressure and multiple earned penalties, was hammering away at the young Dasher's, only for DS to get the turnover and explode for a burst down the far sideline. The long break away was snuffed out by the covering defense of Memorial's 9 and 15. Memorial then turned the ball over in the tackle and preceded in their own counterattack. The ensuing long break led Freshman Allison Koenig to scamper all the way back for a long try. A penalty kick by junior Meaghan Schmitt added to the lead a short while later.
The Dashers responded on the opening play of the second half, after a flubbed kickoff return by the Crusaders. After moving the ball through some hands and keeping the ball alive, Dasher's fullback Tara Sweeney, who was impressive all game long stopping several line breaks, scored the try from twenty meters out. Both sides continued to play well in spurts thereafter. Schmitt responded with another penalty kick, and Memorial added tries from Kelsey Gustafson, Niina Sjogren, and Christy Hill in the second half.
Crusader scrumhalf, junior Ellie Metz, was simply outstanding for Memorial in defense, attack, and her leadership. She seemed to be all over the field, as was her counterpart in the third row, Christy Hill, who as just a sophomore, played like a far more experienced player. junior Katie Mcginn played the best match of her career and earned a brickhouse award for her efforts.
Tries: Koenig, Sjogren, Gustafson, Hill
FG: Schmitt (2)