HENNIKER, N.H. –The Castleton University women's rugby squad opened its 2019 season with a victory on the road at New England College in a National Intercollegiate Rugby Association (NIRA) friendly match on Saturday.
Splitting the competition into three 20-minute games, Castleton won the opening two frames (17-10, 10-0) and earned a 5-5 draw in the third installment. It is the second consecutive victory for the Spartans after claiming the program's first win to complete the 2018 season.
The Spartans raced to an early 12-0 edge. Just 22 seconds in, freshman Aubrey Tetlow busted through the Pilgrim defense for her first career try. Mikaela Phillips doubled the lead with a try of her own before a successful conversion put the Spartans up by a dozen. Julia May expanded the cushion to 15-0 as time ran out in the first half.
NEC did all of the scoring in the second half of the first game, but it wasn't enough to overcome the deficit as the Spartans ran out the clock in a 17-10 triumph.
A defensive battle ensued in the second game as tries from May mid-way through the first half and Tetlow's second try of the afternoon put the contest away for a 10-0 win.
Mary Bovaconti had a successful try 1:09 into the third game to give Castleton an early lead, but the Pilgrims evened it up 3:16 later. Each team approached the opposite try line as the clock ran out, but neither was able to cross the plane as the deadlock stood.
Castleton will return to action on Sunday, September 8 on the road at the University of New England.