Rugby club suffers a great loss at ECC

Although already Division III Champions, Castleton’s women’s rugby club lost 49-0 to Roger Williams in the Eastern Conference Championships on Sunday.

In the first half, Roger Williams and Castleton were battling for dominance and the Spartans kept it relatively close..

“We gave Roger Williams a run for their money,” Castleton coach Sandman said.

Castleton players kept their held composure throughout the game and started to get the rhythm before the end of the first half. One try attempt by Caleigh Jones, had to be taken away due to a missed call by the referee.

But while Castleton failed to score, in the first half, they held Roger Williams to only 17 points at the break.

In the second half, however, despite still working hard, the game began to get away.  Castleton battled, but Roger Williams was just too much. Injuries played a role too, with several Spartan players going down throughout the game.

When the final whistle blew, Castleton hadn’t scored and Roger Williams had 49 points.

And while the loss was tough to take, it was reflective of the team’s season.

In the regular season, the team was undefeated and actually never gave up a single point. In last weekend’s match, Castleton won the Division III Championship against Westfield State 39-7.

Player-coach Coach Katie Haley said she was proud of the team and said Sunday’s game didn’t change that.

“The girls played extremely well, not just today, but throughout the season. It was the most legit game we’ve played yet,” she said.

Sandman was also very pleased with the match.

“They came with great expectations and played the best to their ability and I’m pleased to say that they did,” Sandman said. “Each player did their best to maintain team cohesiveness.”

Team members are already talking about starting back up in the spring.

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