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Rugby Celebrates Program's First Victory, 27-7, Over LIU Post

Rugby Celebrates Program's First Victory, 27-7, Over LIU Post

CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University women's rugby team earned its first win in program history with a 27-7 triumph over LIU Post in the final match of the 2018 season.

Savanah Graves was a force on both sides of the ball for the Spartans; scoring four tries and leading the team's stingy defense with a multitude of solo tackles. In the effort, she became the first Castleton player in the history of the program to notch more then two tries in a given match. Graves ends her career as the all-time leader in most statistical categories, including tries and tackles. The senior had six tries combined in the final two matches of her collegiate career.

Katey Harris scored her first career try to account for the other Spartan score, while sophomores Julia May and Mariah Jollie each registered two assists. Kailyn Duff was 1-for-5 on conversion attempts.   

Castleton ends its third campaign with a record of 1-6 and snapped its 24-match program-commencing winless streak. On Oct. 15, 2017, the two teams played to a 10-10 draw to account for the tie in Castleton's overall record.   

LIU Post scored their only try of the game to open the scoring at the 3:47 mark by Maqeusha Gillet. Calah Turpin knocked through the conversion to stretch the Pioneer lead to seven. Moments later, Gillet broke free again and nearly added the LIU Post advantage, but she was chased down and Castleton ultimately seized possession to keep the Pioneers out of the in-goal area.

That critical stand was closest the visitors got to scoring for the remainder of the match, as Castleton dominated possession and scoring for the rest of the way.

Graves had tries at 12:05 and 3:39 to give the Spartans the lead, 10-7, at halftime.

After 7:41 of scoreless play in the second session, Graves notched another try and with a successful conversion by Duff, the Spartans held a 10-point lead. Just past the midway point of the second half, Harris accepted the feed from Jollie and raced down the right sideline before falling in the try zone for the score. Graves added more insurance with 3:25 remaining in regulation with her fourth try of the game.