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DII Hartford, Providence Tie in NERFU

  • 18 Sep 2018

Hartford vs. Providence / Photo: Ryan Carpenter (see more)

The New England Geographic Union (GU) abandoned its tiered system of the previous two years, sending Albany and Boston to the new DI East league and fielding a nine-team DII club competition. The DII teams contest their entire regular season and GU championship in the fall, giving plenty of notice to teams bound for the Competitive Region (CR) playoffs in the spring.

Providence (1-0-1) has represented the CR at nationals the previous two years and won its opener against North Shore (0-2) in shutout fashion. Last weekend, the Rhode Island squad faced Hartford (0-1-1) and played to a 10-10 tie.

It took nearly 30 minutes for the scoreboard tick over, when Providence flanker Ashley Hanson kicked a penalty for the only score of the first half. Hartford flyhalf Sarah Coppola matched the three-pointer minutes into the second half, 3-3, and then another 25 scoreless minutes passed. Finally Providence wing Dana Ayoub dotted down and Hanson converted with approximately 12 minutes remaining. In the dying minutes, Wild Roses scrumhalf Nicole Sills scored and Coppola’s conversion tied it up for good.

“What a game. It was a battle for sure,” Hartford coach Marinda Reynolds asserted. “We focused on ball retention and attack defense for the game, and the team delivered on both. Really impressed with our defense out of the gate – we held them to no tries in the first half – but we couldn’t quite convert our offensive attack.”

Reynolds praised the back three of Annmarie Johnson, Drew McClintock and Caroline Meckel, who contained the opposition inserting into the line, fielded kicks well and had some nice runs with ball in hand. Cleaning up penalties will be a focus moving forward.

“After those tough losses [to Providence] last fall and this spring, the tie definitely gave us confidence heading into the rest of the season,” Reynolds added. “But, we also know the competition is tough in our league, so we’ll need to keep working hard to get those wins.”

Bonus points are important in this league. Hartford lost its opener to Charles River, 22-15, but earned a point for seven-point differential. And the Rats earned a bonus point last Saturday for scoring four-plus tries in the loss to Portland.

PORTLAND (2-0) 41-25 CHARLES RIVER (1-1)Portland is the first team two wins and needed a concerted second-half push to get past Charles River. The teams traded tries for the first 30 minutes, and then Portland ended the first half with a penalty for a 22-15 lead into the break. Hayleigh Kein, Addison Carvajal and Sadia Crosby scored for Portland, while Allison Cahoon handled the kicking duties. Sarah Wetherbee, Alicia Scahill and Maria Sedjo dotted down for Charles River.

The Rats pulled to within two when outside center Rebecca Nashett scored in the 52nd minute, but then Portland rallied with three-straight tries from Megan Gaedje (2) and Carvajal, who also kicked two conversions. Charles River ended with a Wetherbee try for the 41-25 final.

AMOSKEAG (1-1) 22-15 NORTH SHORE (0-2)

Amoskeag monopolized the scoreboard for three-quarters of the match, as fullback Michelle Bui, scrumhalf Katherine Miller and flyhalf Molly Hildebrandt, who also added the conversion, scored tries. North Shore surged in the final 15 minutes with three tries – two of which came from No. 8 Courtney Soule and wing Jacquelyn Duffy – but Amoskeag got one more try from Jamilia Almonte to put the game out of reach.


9.18 Update: By request, recap deleted.


Hartford (1-0-1) @ Worcester (1-0)

Charles River @ Burlington (1-0)

Portland (2-0) @ North Shore (0-2)

Amoskeag (1-1) @ Upper Valley (0-2)

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