The Life University women’s rugby team competed in a trio of matches this weekend as the Running Eagles earned a clean 3-0 sweep at home.
The women’s JV team began the weekend on Saturday with victories over the USA Rugby South All-Stars 22-10 and a 26-22 victory later in the day over the Atlanta Harlequins D2.
The Varsity team took the field Sunday, as the women earned a convincing 74-0 victory over the USA Rugby South All-Stars.
13 different Running Eagles placed down a try over the weekend with Tatum Johnson (New Brighton, MN) (2), Summer Harris-Jones (Los Angeles, CA) (4), Jesah Haun (Memphis, TN) (2), Adrionna Duncan (Columbia, TN), Lekia Haynes, Susan Adegoke (both Brooklyn, NY), Sylina Flowers (Hatfield, PA), Angelica Owen (Saugerties, NY), Karissa Lacy (Edgewater, FL) (2), Ravyn Santiago (Bronx, NY), Bridget Kahele (Aldie, VA), Whitney Wilson (Kingwood, TX) and Kailynn Hampton (Grand Prairie, TX). Wilson also converted a penalty kick as Makayla Lowe (Athens, TN), Amelie Poulin (Lansdale, PA) (7) and Lauren Dodd (Renton, WA) (2) scored conversions.
Head coach Rosalind Chou had this to say on her team’s performance, “We knew it was going to be a tough weekend with three full matches in two days, but we got to see everyone on our squad on the pitch and get the much-needed real game experience. Our JV really hung on to a nail biter in their second of two games on Saturday, managing the game really well to hold onto the win against a very good women’s club team. The Varsity side looked crisp against the South All-Stars on Sunday, so we have had a great fall preseason and hope to be polished in the spring by the time we hit playoffs.”
Looking forward, she continued, “The improvement we’ve seen from all of our players this fall has been impressive. The first years are really getting more comfortable in our systems. Our veterans are acting as great role models and mentors to them and they are really showing that chemistry when they take the pitch together. A huge credit goes to the captains this year, Jocelyn Jones (Ogden, UT) and Karissa Lacy (Edgewater, FL) for leading from the front. They are kind and compassionate and are really attending to the culture of the team.”
The women’s rugby team will return to action this weekend, when they host the Women’s Premiere League on campus for a tournament that will be played on Friday and Sunday.