CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University women's rugby team scored more points in Saturday's contest against Sacred Heart University than it had in any previous match over the past two years, but the Pioneers were able to pull away with a 67-22 victory over the Spartans at Alumni Field.
In the first of four 20-minute quarters, Sacred Heart jumped out to a 10-0 lead, but the Spartans pinned the Pioneers deep in their own territory. Castleton blocked a Pioneer kick attempt, and Allison Lane fell on the ball in the end zone and touched it down for a try. Julia May was successful on the conversion kick, pulling the Spartans to within three at 10-7 after the first quarter.
Play went back-and-forth in the second quarter until Mariah Jollie found Sierra Ostrow-Remy, who worked her way into the end zone for the try that put Castleton ahead, 12-10. The Spartan lead would not last long, as Camryn Chester and LeAnn Bauer each scored for the Pioneers to give Sacred Heart a 22-12 halftime advantage.
Castleton worked the ball towards the Pioneer end of the field at the start of the third quarter, with Ostrow-Remy taking advantage of a Sacred Heart misplay of a Spartan kick, putting the ball down in the end zone for her second try of the day to cut the Castleton deficit in half. However, Sacred Heart started expanding its lead with three scores in the third quarter, led by two scores from Kaitlin Lagase.
Ostrow-Remy started the fourth quarter by taking a feed from Katey Harris and running down the left sideline into the end zone for her third try of the game. The Pioneers would hold the Spartans scoreless the rest of the way while collecting 26 unanswered points, led by Isabel Cuddy with two scores and Chester with a try and two conversions.
The 22 points are the most scored by Castleton in a single match in the two-year history of the program, breaking the previous standard of 19 points collected against Molloy Sept. 17. Before the match, senior Veronica Arnone, one of the team's top tacklers, was recognized for her contributions to the Castleton rugby program over the past two years.
Castleton (0-7-1) is scheduled to host Norwich in the season finale next Sunday, Nov. 5, starting at 1 p.m. at Alumni Field.