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Women’s Rugby Falls to LIU

Women’s Rugby Falls to LIU

CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University women's rugby team was swept at home by Long Island University on Sunday. The Sharks took game one, 41-5, before earning 34-5 and 27-12 wins in games two and three, respectively.

The Sharks earned their first win of the season with the effort, while the Spartans slide to 1-6.

Castleton has one game remaining on the schedule is it will close with a home match versus New England College on Sunday, October 27. Castleton bested the Pilgrims 2-0-1 in the season opener on August 31. 

Maquisha Gillet led the way with the visitors with five tries on the afternoon, with three of them coming in the first game. Lynsey Danko had four tries for the Sharks, while Sara-Grace McCannon, Caitlin Johnstone, and Nakoya Hayes each finished with two tries. Haniyah Baugh went 5-for-12 on conversion attempts. 

For Castleton, Mariah Jollie had two tries to push the pace. Meanwhile, newcomer Shayla Lawrence scored her first-career try late in the third game.

LIU's speed was the deciding factor for a majority of the scoring, as it was able to break free for long runs to the try zone. LIU led 17-0 at the break in game number one before growing the advantage to 22 with a quick try in the second half. Jollie pushed in a try to make it 22-5, but three tries and a pair of conversions completed the action for a 41-5 triumph for the Sharks. 

LIU scored on its first possession of game number two and held a 24-0 lead into the half before making it 29-0 at the 2:28 mark of the second half. Jollie put the Spartans on the board with 4:06 remaining, but it ended at 35-4 when Gillet broke free for another long run as the clock ran out.

Castleton held a 7-0 lead 2:27 into the third and final game after being rewarded a penalty try deep in Shark territory. LIU converted a pair of scores along with a conversion in the final 1:31 of the first half to carry a 5-point lead into the break. Three consecutive visitor tries put it out of reach in the second half. Lawrence completed the scoring on the afternoon when she raced along the right sideline and dove into the try zone for the score.