CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University women's rugby fell at home to Molloy College in a National Intercollegiate Rugby Association (NIRA) friendly match on Sunday. The Lions won each of the three 20-minute games played with scores of 20-0, 20-5, and 19-5, respectively.
With the defeat, the Spartans drop to 1-5 with two games remaining on the schedule. Molloy improved to 3-2 on the season – with two of its wins over Castleton.
Kaitlyn Snyder and Olivia Sturiano led the way offensively for the Lions on the afternoon with three tries each. Kaitlyn DeMaio pitched in a pair of tries, while three other Lion players earned one try apiece.
May got her team-leading 10th try of the season to bring the Spartans to within one possession early in the second half of the third and final game.
Molloy got two tries – one approaching the mid-way point, and one to end the half – to carry a 10-0 lead into the first break. They scored twice more in the second half to complete the scoring in game one. Four different players accounted for the tries for Molloy in game one.
The Lions struck early again in game two, and took a commanding 15-0 lead into the break as Snyder and DeMaio each picked up their second score of the match. Snyder collected her second try of the game and third overall at the 3:27 mark of the second half. The Spartans put together heavy possession time in the waning minutes of the game, and were rewarded when Jollie pushed the ball across the try line for the score.
The Spartan defense was solid in game three and held the Lions scoreless for the first 8:32 of the first half. The defensive effort was highlighted by Mary Bovaconti, who made a tackle right outside the try zone before the Spartans rallied to take possession. But two tries in the final 88 seconds of play, along with the first successful conversion of the day, gave the visitors a 12-0 lead into half.
May broke free along the right third of the pitch and punched it in to bring Castleton within seven 2:40 into the final half of the afternoon. Sturiano's third and final try along with Aubrey Kelley's second successful conversion ended it 19-5.
The women's rugby squad returns to action on Sunday, October 20 when it will play host to LIU at 12 p.m.