For the first time in a long time, the Women’s Rugby team could not consider itself a veteran team, and it showed Saturday, as they were blown out 53-14 at URI. Playing with no Juniors and Seniors, and a roster of mostly freshman and 1st year players, the ladies battled hard, but were no match for the veteran URI team.
It took ten minutes for the home team to score, but after that the flood gates opened and 20 minutes into the half URI led 15-0. Freshman Sarah Buonopane broke a long 50 meter run to score the first try of the game, and her conversion made the score 15-7, but URI would tack on 2 more scores for a 29-7 lead at the break.
Following the intermission, URI continued the scoring parade, touching down two more times, before Buonopane would score again for the Ladies. Taking a pass she broke through the entire defensive line, scoring under the post. Her conversion closed the gap to 41-14, and that would be it for the scoring on the day for Stonehill. URI scored two late tries for the final margin of victory.
“We struggled with tackling and being physical all day long,” spoke Head Coach Derek Jenesky after the game, “We are so young and we will get better. As a team we need to work hard over the summer and come in with a better mind set. We can get better next year, it is up to us and what we want to put in to this.”