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NIRA Wrap-up: Week 3

  • 18 Sep 2018

Mount St. Mary’s posted a second-straight shutout. / Mount Athletics photo

The National Intercollegiate Rugby Association (NIRA) contested a third week of league games, but also saw a couple friendly matches against DII club teams, as well as a B side run-out.


Nine players scored 14 tries in the Big Green’s third win of the NIRA and Ivy League seasons. Freshmen Emily Henrich and Sophie Ragg scored three tries apiece, while Camille Johnson, Becca Jane Rosko and Idia Ihensekhien dotted down twice each. Henrich led all point-scorers with 27 after six conversions. Brown (1-1) got its try from freshman Zyana Thomas of Land Park, Calif., and will look to rebound against West Chester this Saturday. Dartmouth hosts Harvard (2-0).

Dartmouth 98

Tries: Emily Henrich 3, Sophie Ragg 3, Allison Tong, Kathleen Mulligan, Grace Player, Camille Johnson 2, Becca Jane Rosko 2, Idia Ihensekhien 2, Alex Stendahl

Cons: Henrich 6, Johnson 2, Kat Ramage


Quinnipiac (1-2) got its first win of the season but it was tough, close game against Norwich (1-0). The teams were tied 19-all at the break and spent two different periods within a score of each other in the second half. In the end, senior captain Emily Roskopf led with three tries, while Mikah Maples was equally impressive with two tries. Caitlin Heale led the Cadets with two tries.

Quinnipiac takes a break this weekend and will resume Sept. 29 against Notre Dame College, while Norwich will return to the pitch against AIC in Northfield, Vt.

Quinnipiac 41

Tries: Margot Vella, Remy Spires, Mikah Maples 2, Emily Roskopf 3

Cons: Mckenna Haz 3

Norwich 26

Tries: Caitlin Heale 2, Amber Kelly, Annaleigh Runion

Cons: Sheila Decker 3


Technically a forfeit, a 10s game evolved when Molloy traveled to Emmitsburg, Md., short on numbers. Mount St. Mary’s banked a second shutout, 69-0, and only freshman Ubaida Ahmed scored more than once. Another nine players dotted down tries. The Mountaineers will now play its third home game against Notre Dame College (1-1).

Mount St. Mary’s 69

Tries: Jordan Butcher, Ubaida Ahmed 2, Nataly Cisneros, Rio Greenshields, Samantha Mathis, Hannah Orland, Molly Jackson, Julie Crochet, Lavona Rae Aromin, Lauren Judkins

Cons: Maya Grassi 2, Molly Stocker 4, Ahmed


Army rallied from last week’s 28-17 loss to Harvard and shut out West Chester 69-0 during the Black Knights’ home opener. The Golden Rams have not yet scored in two NIRA games thus far.

The freshman class showed well, with flyhalf Alex DiMarco leading the way with three tries and connecting well with fellow first-years Naomi Colin at No. 8 and scrumhalf Kaitlyn Schwarting. Freshman flanker Nicole Wantlin and reserve Charisma Henry also scored their first tries in NIRA. Additional tries came through flanker and captain Gio Ferguson-Lewis, outside center Sam Sullivan (2), lock Mel Rigoni, reserve Damaria Morton and hooker Mary Monnard.

Army’s B side also played a Friday night game against Sacred Heart, which had its regular-season game against LIU Post canceled, and took home a 24-17 win.

“Junior Ruth Talbot had a great game for Army, including two tries,” Vivolo praised. “Newcomer Shelby Rotchford had an impressive first game of rugby at flanker, and returning sophomore Meeah Mazikowski was a beast on attack and defense!”

Sacred Heart saw Tessa Buckley, Isabelle Cuddy and Allie Rinaldi score, while Kaylee Hale added a conversion.


NIRA newcomer Colby-Sawyer (2-1) rebounded Monday night with a solid win over 0-2 Castleton. South Burlington freshman Bailey Burt led all point-scorers with 14 on two tries and two conversions, while junior Jordyn Enos of Salinas, Calif., recorded two tries as well. Colby-Sawyer’s match against LIU Post has been cancelled for this Sunday, while Castleton will look for that first program win against Sacred Heart.

Colby-Sawyer 53

Tries: Erin Wholey, Olivia Randlett, Bailey Burt 2, Jordyn Enos 2, Bella Paul, Acadia LeBlanc, Natalie Cruz

Cons: Burt 2, Julia Anhalt 2

Castleton 15

Tries: Julia May, Mikaela Phillips and Mary Bovaconti



The Polar Bears played its first game of the year – a friendly against Roger Williams, a club team that competes in the DII Rugby Northeast. Eight different players scored 10 tries, and Liz D’Angelo led all point-scorers with 21 on eight conversions and a try. Bowdoin will play another DII club team, Colby of the Rugby Northeast, on Saturday before contesting a NIRA game.

Tries: Alice Hawkins 2, Sophia Karris 2, Liz D’Angelo, Taylor Yoder, Jackie Jacques, Claire Carges, Molly Petronzio, Allegra Bersani

Cons: D’Angelo 8


The Nor’easters chased the Bulldogs throughout the game. Caitlin Paredes scored New England’s first-half try, but the home side trailed 12-5 at the break. Bryant scored another two tries before UNE could answer, sending Alex Wing-LaClaire across and drawing a penalty try for Emma Foss’ would-be try, which includes the conversion. UNE has already had two games cancelled on it, so hopefully this Sunday’s game against Molloy in Providence, R.I., will occur. Molloy has fielded a 15s side yet.


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