Northeast Takes Women U23 All-Star Title
Sunday Jun 14, 2009 in Women All-Stars
Pittsburgh, Pa. – The Northeast U23 women’s all-star team categorically defeated the Midwest 43-5 to win the 2009 U23 National All-Star Championships.
The NRU team won despite lacking many players from the top programs in the region. Their roster did include two Brown players, along with players from MIT, Vassar, Providence College, UMass, Monmouth, Marist, New Paltz, Rutgers, Beantown, Albany, Syracuse, Northeastern, Stonehill, Cornell, Worcester, and Southern Vermont.
“This was a fun team to coach,” said assistant Tony Brown, also head coach at Vassar.
Ashley Snyder, who transferred to MIT from Air Force and is playing for Beantown, played a huge role as she kicked out of hand and for goal very well. Her kicking put the Midwest’s very quick back three under pressure, thanks in large part to the Northeast chasers.
The pressure forced errors that led to Northeast scores.
The NRU pack managed to limit the Midwest forwards ability to dominate possession, and the solid attacking platform led to an early 21-5 lead for coach Rich Ashfield crew.
Snyder ended up with a try and 13 points from the boot.
In the Tier 2 finals, the eighth-ranked USA Under-20 Women held off a West second-half comeback to win 24-23 and earn promotion to Tier 1 for 2010.
After trailing 20-10 at half, the West came back within one, but the USA Under-20s wouldn’t be outdone, propelled by a speedy backline and fullback Sadie Anderson, who led the charge for the USA team with two tries.
In the Tier 1 Consolation, the Mid-Atlantic beat the Pacific Coast 20-13 to remain in Tier 1, while Pacific is relegated to Tier 2 for next year. And in the Tier 2 Consolation, the South All-Star side just barely squeaked by with a win over the Southern California All-Stars. Led by winger Kristen Hauratty, who touched down two tries, the South was able to hold on and upset the Southern Cal side to finish this year’s Championships on a high note.
“Unfortunately things didn't end up in our favor again today,” said Pacific Coast coach Mari Therrien. “But today was a much better match and my girls played well. They controlled much of the first half and were making their tackles.”
Penalties and two sin bins put the Pacific Coast under pressure, but they led 13-10 late until two MARFU tries put them through.
“Overall it was a great rugby match,” said Therrien, who noted the play of captains Siche Green-Mitchell and Delaney Chapman. “We stuck to the gameplan and executed well today but the penalty count eventually caught up to us. We have a lot of young players who will be back next year and now that they've played this level of rugby they know what to expect.”
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