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September 26th, 2012

Vassar women’s rugby loses to Quinnipiac

The Vassar women’s rugby team fell to Quinnipiac, 36-12, dropping to 1-1-1 in conference play. Quinnipiac was coming off big wins against Binghamton and New Paltz.
POUGHKEEPSIE - The Vassar women’s rugby team put in a strong showing but did not defend well enough in the backs to stop a fast and athletic Quinnipiac. This was partly due to injuries and players playing in new positions so they will be able to improve with hard work and a can-do attitude. There was a massive effort by all and the second half in particular was a real character check. The team record is now 1-1-1 in the conference.

Vassar College Women 12 v 36 Quinnipiac University Women

Tries: Yael Schwartz (1) & Penalty Try (1).
Cons: Hannah Bober (1).

Quinnipiac came to the Vassar Farm on the back of three emphatic wins this season over Eastern Illinois, Binghamton, and New Paltz and not having conceded a try. Vassar did not start well and gave up an early try that allowed the visitors to settle. They moved the ball wide and inserted the blindside wing for one score and the second was made when the fullback came into the line. The backs ran well and were always a threat.

Vassar did look dangerous when they kept the ball but early on when they moved it to the backs they lost ground and sometimes possession. At the half Quinnipiac led 17-0 and then added a try to go up 24-0 before the Brewers got on the score sheet. The forwards drove the ball up field and it was scrumhalf Yael Schwartz who plunged over to the cheers of the home crowd. All the forwards put in a ton of work and are to be commended for their efforts.

But Quinnipiac bounced quickly back and ran in a score despite being two players down after two yellow cards were given. The problem was persistent infringement at the rucks with players not getting back onside. While they may complain the video clearly shows players not retiring behind the back foot. Vassar scored when a penalty try was awarded as players at the goal line failed to get onside.

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