Waterville, Maine - The Colby College Women's Rugby club withstood the chilling temperatures and wind to roll over Rochester Institute of Technology 38-12.
Colby started the game with possession and scored right away when Emma Hoffman scored the try. The game was back and forth for next 20 minutes as Colby received multiple penalties or struggled to maintain possession in the temperature (high-teens), turning th eball over to RIT for each infraction. The Mules' next score came from center Sarah Montembeau (photo inset), driving in from the 24' mark. A made conversion kick in stiff wind by Helen Sears brought the score to 12-0.
Despite some momentum gained by RIT, progress was stifled by Colby tackles and strong counter rucking to gain back possession leading to two more tries before the half by Hofman and Deirdre O'Flynn. Sears was able to connect on another conversion and the score was 24-0 entering the half.
The second half saw Colby dominating possession until a series of penalties and numerous missed tackles let RIT into the game with an unconverted try in the center of the field to make the score 24-5. Colby would quickly regain momentum as Hoffman scored the next two tries and Allie Douma tallied the third of the half. Sears converted both kicks for a score of 38-5. RIT found the try line one more time before the clock expired, bringing the final score to 38-12.
Colby is back in action next weekend as the head to Vassar College for the next round of playoffs.
(photo courtesy of Calvin Wetmore '20)