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Charleston Rebounds vs AHO

  • 16 Feb 2016

The College of Charleston banked its first win of the season against a traditional rival, Appalachian State. Both teams entered the match having suffered sobering losses in the Carolinas conference, but Charleston was in better shape during the 37-5 win.


“The girls really needed that boost after our loss to USC,” College of Charleston coach Kristin Graziano referenced the shutout. “Our focus this past week at practice based on our last performance was defense, defense, defense and pressure, pressure, pressure.


“It was a very clean game,” the coach continued. “We reset really quickly after establishing solid ruck platforms, and that enabled the backs to get the ball fast and often. It was difficult for App State’s back line to establish a defensive push.”


The Charleston back line is all freshmen, with the exception of outside center Jenna Novak, who scored three tries. Fullback Kelty Carson joined the line for two tries, while scrumhalf Morgan Stephenson and lock Mallory McCormack also scored.


Appalachian State dotted down a breakaway try early in the second half, but then suffered two injuries that forced a player disadvantage. The referee called the match early, as safety became as issue.


“We’re in a rebuilding year and this win wad a much-needed boost to these young ruggers,” Graziano concluded.


College of Charleston enjoys a bye week and then resumes league play against Elon on Feb. 27.

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