Match Report: Belmont Girls Victorious Over Lincoln-Sudbury

 

Belmont Girls Take Narrow Victory over Lincoln-Sudbury

Date of Contest: 5/11/17

Varsity (1st XV) Score:   Belmont 10              Lincoln-Sudbury 5

Belmont hosted the Lincoln-Sudbury (LS) Warriors at home on May 10th and it was clear from the beginning that this was not the same side that let the Marauders up 35-0 in April. This was a hard-hitting contest that forced the Belmont team to focus on it’s defensive structure. Belmont maintained the majority of possession throughout the first half, losing it at self-inflicted turnovers brought on by tough pressure from a skilled LS front three.  While Belmont maintained the ball, flooding the breakdowns by LS slowed down the ball and exceptional work was done by Jess Rosenstein to maintain possession in breakdowns. The Belmont team held the majority of possession but struggled to bring the ball out wide. An offsides infraction committed by Lincoln-Sudbury near their tryline allowed Belmont the opportunity to punch the ball over and a low run by senior Georgia Parsons resulted in an unconverted try at minute 27:00. Belmont went into half time up 5-0 over Lincoln Sudbury.

 

After the break Belmont returned to the field with more pace in their phase play. 5 minutes a knock by LS resulted in a scrum that saw an 8 crash, to a dish out to the backline and a brilliant inside crash from junior Keira Booth just knocking the door of LS’s try-zone. Well supported rucks brough more tight phase play before Parsons took a forward crash through LS traffic to score a second time in the game. Without a conversion, Belmont went up 10-0 in the 40th minute. Lincoln-Sudbury did not stop there however and continued playing tough punching rugby around the breakdown. Amazing defensive work to shut down their talented wings was seen by sophomore wing Hannah Hlotyak and over 30 tackles were made by junior outside center Rachel Iler-Keniston truly shutting down LS offensive moves. In the 55th minute a hard penalty crash by LS resulted in a disorganized Belmont defense and a serious of tough punches by LS forwards into the Belmont try-zone. Unconverted, the try brought the score 10-5 with Belmont leading by only one try and 15 minutes left to play. The remainder of the game was an even match back and forth but Belmont maintained possession well and ran out the clock, finishing the tough match with a narrow victory over Lincoln-Sudbury.

 

JV (2nd XV) Score:   Belmont 0          Opponent 15

 

In the JV match Lincoln-Sudbury came out hard ready for a win and they took the evening with tough running lines that Belmont struggled to cover. The Player of the Match was definitely freshman wing/flyhalf Heather Sorenson who made tackle after tackle and worked well in different positions to distribute the ball. Multiple players stepped up repeatedly, including fantastic organization by sophomores Clare Martin and Elizabeth Galli. But new players Maddie Mulkern and Elise Ferreira truly rose to the occasion making big tackles, crashing low in their drives and clearing out rucks. While Lincoln-Sudbury took the game, there were tremendous individual efforts showcased by the 2nd XV.

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