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Air Force Women Notch Big Win

Sunday Sep 27, 2009 in Women Colleges

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The Air Force Academy women’s team opened up their 2009-10 season with an impressive 26-10 defeat of New Mexico Sunday in Colorado Springs.

Air Force defended well and used a smart kicking game to keep the Lobos off-kilter.

“We kind of figured out how to start a game with intensity,” said Air Force coach Jill McQuade. “We played from minute one. We scored early and from there we were playing a little more downhill. After they scored we came back and didn’t let up. So I was pleased with the intensity level.”

In the second half especially flyhalf Laura Dempster pinned New Mexico back in their own end, and while the Lobo forwards played well, their backs seemed hesitant.

“We didn’t do well,” said New Mexico program manager Shannon Robinson. “Everyone was making mistakes. It’s like we took turns. We started four rookies and we knew we needed to play mistake-free rugby to beat Air Force and it didn’t happen.”

Robinson said New Mexico will get some players healthy for the remainder of the woefully short and very competitive West season.

McSquade was pleased with how her backs played.

“They were running harder,” she said. “It was truly a team effort and we’ll keep building from there.

Meanwhile Colorado eked out a 10-7 victory over Colorado State in a game of two halves. CU dominated possession in the opening 40, getting a try from Lauren Danielsen and a conversion and a penalty from Jess Lucia.

In the second half, it was all CSU, and they had a try, a conversion, and a penalty attempt also. The penalty kick, in the closing minutes, was wide, and that was the difference.

“We played a lot of rugby in our end,” said CU coach Jim Stebbins. “It was an evenly-matched game and we held on. This was big for us.”

With just one week gone in the West league the standings are as follows:


West-West

W

L

T

Pf

Pa

Pd

Bt

Bl

Pts

Colorado

1

0

0

26

10

16

1

0

5

Air Force

1

0

0

10

7

3

0

0

4

Colorado State

0

1

0

7

10

-3

0

1

1

New Mexico

0

1

0

10

26

-16

0

0

0


All four teams play only three games, so every game, and every bonus point, is crucial. The top three make the West RFU playoffs, where they are joined by Texas A&M.


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