Spartans Downed by Sacred Heart in Home-Opener

Spartans Downed by Sacred Heart in Home-Opener

CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton women's rugby team got out to an early lead, but it didn't stand as Sacred Heart came back for a 45-10 victory on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field.

The Spartans fall to 0-2 with the loss, while Sacred Heart improves to 1-1 with the victory. Casey Comeau and Kayleigh Daniels each scored tries for Castleton, while Charlotte Tallman collected four tries and an assist for Sacred Heart. Kaylee Hale registered four conversions in the contest for the Pioneers.

The Spartans recorded their first-ever try just more than three minutes into the game when Comeau took it in to give Castleton a 5-0 lead.

Sacred Heart answered back just more than nine minutes into the match, when Emily Mignogni tallied a try of her own to draw things level at 5-5. A conversion by the Pioneers then gave them a 7-5 lead.

Castleton came back with another try, this time by Daniels, to retake a 10-7 advantage just shy of 15 minutes into the contest.

Sacred Heart answered the Spartans' second score in a big way, collecting 24 consecutive points going into the halftime break—including three tries by Tallman in that span. Hale added a pair of tries of her own in tries in the first half, while Allie Rinaldi notched a try as well.

In the second half, Sacred Heart continued its offensive onslaught, opening the half with a try just more than 60 seconds in. At the 15:35 mark of the second half, Sunny Ravert scored a try on an assist from Tallman to push the lead to 45-10 in favor of the visitors.

The contest was called with 20 minutes remaining after both coaches decided to end the match due to player safety concerns. Castleton is back in action next Sunday when it hosts Molloy at noon.