Annapolis, Maryland- Navy Women’s Rugby (3-1) plays its first game at the Prusmack Rugby Complex since Sept. 10, hosting the Central Washington Wildcats this Saturday at 10 a.m. Fans can watch the game using the free live stream on the Navy Athletics YouTube page.
“Excited for Central Washington this weekend. It’s a great school of rugby and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to play against a West Coast team, which is rare, especially in the regular season.” , said the head coach. Murph McCarthy. “They scored 10 tries against Penn State in their game last Thursday, so we have a lot on our plate.”
New Haven Game Recap
Navy struggled with tough weather and a tough New Haven defense, but kept fighting to earn a 25-5 win over the Chargers.
Neither team managed to score in the first half, but a quick try from New Haven just 3:30 from the start of the second half put Navy into a 5-0 deficit. Nicole Deprey put Navy on the board with a penalty in the 64e minute, but the Mids still found themselves trailing with 15 minutes remaining.
Captain Eliza Herring gave the Navy the lead of 67e minute on his second try of the year and tries to Ana Olszewski and Bigue Kah over the next two minutes, Navy quickly took an 18-5 lead. Miracle Haynes finished the match with a try in the 80e minute and a New Haven high tackle added two more points for Navy’s second straight win.
Prompt scoring is vital
Navy completely turned the game around in minutes against New Haven, trailing 5-3 at 67:30 to lead 18-5 at 69:15. Navy had been held out of the try range in the first 67 minutes of the game, but finished strong with four tries in the last 13.
Olszewski continues to score
Senior Ana Olszewski maintained his late scoring streak against New Haven to give him a try in four straight games. Olszewski’s score helped her maintain her spot as the team’s leading scorer with 20 points from four tries.
Kah shines in his debut
Bigue Kah hadn’t made an appearance before the New Haven game, but injuries allowed the second to show her ability. Kah was key to the Mids defense at the lockout position and also showed off his attacking skills by scoring a try in the 69e minute.
“Bigue made her debut last week. She’s like a lot of our plebs recovering from non-rugby related injuries from the summer,” McCarthy said. “They learn quickly and are eager to contribute. Sage McCallum and Megan Leitz since we lost Chelsea and Ji Ji to injury to Lander and they are learning fast.”
Scouting in Central Washington
The Wildcats come into the game 1-1 on aggregate and are coming off a 63-12 win over Penn State last Thursday.
Planned starting lineup
#1 Sydney Boutz | Sustain
#2 Margaret Foulkes Hooker
#3 Joy Ochieng | Sustain
#4 Sadie Eiting | To block
#5 Abby Hershner | To block
#6 Morgan McPeak | Winger
#seven Chrissi Foster | Winger
#8 Orieona Howard | 8 men
#9 Anna Hoang | scrum half
#ten Nicole Deprey | Fly Demi
#11 Megan Leitz | Wing
#12 Eliza Herring | Center
#13 Marissa Meyer | Center
#14 Ana Olszewski | Wing
#15 Siena Room | Back
Women’s rugby returns to Grand Rapids, Michigan for a game against the Davenport Panthers on Saturday, October 15. Kick-off at DU Turf Field is scheduled for 2 p.m.