In this first year of Division II rugby, the AIC women’s team wasn’t sure what to expect as they laced up their cleats against Stonehill on Sunday the 24th. Stonehill had been ranked in the top ten in the nation for the past year, and had a strong showing at nationals the year before. To say the women of AIC are green is an understatement. Our lady Yellow Jackets are chomping at the bit to make their mark in what is only the third semester of women’s rugby in AIC’s history.
Once the whistle blew, you would have thought Stonehill was the new team. AIC battered Hill Rugby in the first channel for the better portion of eighty minutes while enjoying a decided possession and territorial advantage. Stonehill tackled and attempted to turn the ball over bravely but the physicality of AIC was just too much. The Yellow Jackets finished the game by a score margin of six tries to one. In what is probably the rarest and most poignant exhibit of a forward pack’s dominance, the AIC women walked two five meter scrums over for a try.
The back line was led well by Adrianne Rubiaco and the wheels outside took their chances well when they had them. Christina Gedeon and Bethany Montague both chipped in with big runs as needed. The women’s rugby team will host Providence College in their home opener this coming Saturday the first of October at 7pm.
Final Score: 32-5
Try Scorers: Sakina Feurtado, Kimberly Shepherd (2), Jessica Davis (3)
Conversions: Maggie Pratt
For more coverage on this match…click here, to be directed to a rugbymag.com article about the match.