In their opening match of the season, the Lady Mountaineers soundly defeated the George Washington (GW) Colonials in an 86-30 win, led by All-American and Back captain, Nicole Ciccarelli, and acting Rugby Club president and Forward captain, Elizabeth Gamble.
In this particular match the usual Rugby law of two 40-minute halves were expanded to consist of three 30-minute periods. This allowed many of the new players on both teams to get an opportunity to learn the game and let some of the veterans gauge their current fitness.
Ciccarelli led the way scoring 20 of the Mount’s 86 points. Two new players also had a chance to shine as First-year duo Rachel Lauren Delatte and Sloane Robinson recorded two tries each. Sophomore Morgan Lippert scored 5 points when she sped past two GW forwards and managed to touch the ball to the goal line while being pulled back by a separate forward. Additional points came from Sophomore Katelyn Comeau, Junior Molly Stocker and Senior Gretta Kissman.
Head Coach Scott Stratton’s main goals for this game were to get the new players experienced and to assess where the current team lies both physically and mentally. This game “allows [the new players] to come to practice and have an understanding of what happens,” he said. “It allows them to make sense of things because it’s not a game they know or see.”
In her collegiate debut, First-year student, Rio Greenshields made two impressive tackles right after coming off the sidelines. After an opposing GW back was running toward the line, Greenshields made a sharp cut to intercept her below the knees forcing a fumble.
In the after-game huddle, Coach Stratton spoke to the players and noted, “This is the most athletic most talented group of new players that I’ve had in my 15 years of coaching, so the possibilities are endless. If our new players, with zero experience, are beating [George Washington University’s] veterans and their newcomers, we have a lot to be proud of.”