HENNIKER, N.H. – Junior Julia May scored four tries for the Castleton women's rugby team on Saturday, but it was not enough versus Bowdoin as the Spartans were swept in a match played at New England College on Saturday.
Bowdoin won all three 20-minute 10 v. 10 games by the scores of 28-10, 33-5, and 15-10, respectively.
Sophia Karris led the Polar Bears offensively with seven tries made up of three in the first game and four in the second set. In addition, Bowdoin had eight successful conversion attempts. Jenna Clukey went 4-for-4 in the opener before Sage Kashner was 4-for-5 in the middle game.
Bowdoin struck first early on with a try just 36 seconds in to make it 7-0 after the conversion. The Spartans scored next at the 6:33 mark of the first half, but a late-half try and conversion gave the Polar Bears a 14-5 lead into the break. Bowdoin ran away with the first contest thanks to two tries separated by two minutes to kick off the second half.
Bowdoin scored four first-half tries coupled with three conversions to take a 26-0 lead into halftime of the second game. May notched her second try of the afternoon early in the second half, but it was all the Spartans were able to make up as a late Bowdoin try and good conversion ended the contest, 33-5.
The third game was the closest of the three. May tied it at five just past the midway point of the first half. Then, an Allegra Bersani try with 2:23 remaining in the half followed by a period-ending try by Catherine Patti gave Bowdoin a 15-5 cushion.
Mariah Jollie produced the only score of the final half of the afternoon with just under four minutes remaining. The Spartans, down by just one score, were not able to break through the Polar Bear defense as the clock wound down to end it.
Castleton will look to turn it around on Sunday, September 29 in its home-opening match versus intrastate rival Norwich. Four of the final five games of the campaign will be played at home for the Spartans.