NSCRO Women vs Notre Dame Women - Collegiate Rugby Championship

Match Summary

In a rematch of both team’s first match of pool play, NSCRO took on Notre Dame. Yesterday, NSCRO came out with the 15–7 win, despite the Irish taking a second-half lead (7–5). Notre Dame was looking to do what they were unable to do yesterday. But Cecilia Hammond for NSCRO had other plans, getting her squad on the board first with a great run from inside her own territory. Notably, despite struggles in the kicking game yesterday, Kelcey Stutzman drove home the conversion for the crucial 7–0 lead.

Things got tougher for Notre Dame when playmaker Wenyi Tan was sent to the bin with a yellow card. Notre Dame held strong despite being a player down for longer than could be expected against a good team. But the talent and speed of Hammond was too much for the Irish. Stutzman’s conversion made it 14–0 as Tan returned to the pitch. Anna Elder looked like she might extend the NSCRO lead to close the half, but was caught six meters out from the Irish line, leading to a 14–0 score at intermission.

A minute into the second half, a rapidly gelling NSCRO squad threatened again to score. An ill-advised offload at the Irish tryline squandered the immediate attack, but NSCRo soon forced a turnover, and Elder got the try she narrowly missed out on to close the first half, making it 19–0 in the ninth minute. When Hailey Thompson blew past the defense for a try under the post, it became clear that NSCRO was going to win this contest. Stutzman continued her massively improved game from the boot, making it 26–0 with under three minutes to play. With the final sixty seconds of play starting, Thompson made it a brace of tries. Kelly DeGrood connected on the conversion to make it 33–0.

An error on the restart gave Notre Dame a chance to avoid a shutout. The Irish had a chance with an overload on the right wing, but the pass from the ruck was knocked on to end the match NSCRO 33, Notre Dame 0.

NSCRO: #7 TT, #8 T, #13 TT, #4 CC, #12 C
Yellow Card: ND #9