CASTLETON, Vt. – On a cold and rainy Sunday afternoon, the Castleton University women's rugby team defeated New England College in its home finale and Senior Day at Dave Wolk Stadium.
The Spartans won the first two games by the scores of 15-10 and 32-7, respectively. The Pilgrims bounced back to claim game three, 20-5. With the victory, Castleton improves to 2-6 before its season finale on the road at Sacred Heart on Saturday, November 2.
Mariah Jollie led the way for the Spartans offensively with three tries and one successful conversion. Saidi St. Andrews and Mary Bovaconti each notched a pair of tries, while Shayla Lawrence, Rebecca Towne, and Julia May each found the try zone once.
Kayla Ramsay led all players with six tries on the afternoon, including all four in NEC's victory in game three. Tatien Njei scored the other try for the Pilgrims, who completed their inaugural season of varsity rugby with a record of 0-8.
Game one was the most competitive, as it took a St. Andrews score as the clock expired to break a 10-10 tie and give Castleton the win.
It was all Spartans in game two as the home squad recorded 25 consecutive points after falling behind 7-5 just past the mid-way point of the first half.
Ramsay got all four tries for the Pilgrims in the third game to lead the squad to its second victory in a 20-minute contest of the season. St. Andrews scored at the end of regulation to prevent the shutout.
Prior to the match, the Spartans honored Towne, a graduate student who completed her eligibility this fall at Castleton following a stint of club rugby at Keene State.