CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University women's rugby team outscored the Colby-Sawyer Chargers 15-5 over the final 18 minutes but fell by the score of 53-15 in the Spartans' home opener on Monday at Alumni Field.
Castleton drops to 0-2 on the season, while Colby-Sawyer improves to 2-1.
After Castleton controlled play throughout much of the early going, the Chargers took advantage of a deep bench and scored the first 48 points of the game with tries from six different players and four successful conversions off the foot of two different players.
Castleton got on the board at the 12:58 mark of the third quarter when Julia May was pushed into the try zone following a Spartan scrum.
After the Chargers scored on the final play of the third quarter, the Spartans shut out Colby-Sawyer the rest of the way and walked away with a 10-0 scoring advantage in the fourth quarter.
Mikaela Phillips scored her second collegiate try in as many games on a feed from Mariah Jollie. Then, in the final minute of regulation, Mary Bovaconti took advantage of a Charger turnover as she broke free around midfield and raced down the left side of the field for a try.
Bailey Burt led the offense for Colby-Sawyer. Se had two tries and two conversions, accounting for 14 total points.
The Spartans will return to action on Saturday when they travel to Sacred Heart for a 3 p.m. start.