Women’s rugby shuts out Michigan, 17-0

After a tough loss against Central Michigan University last weekend, the women’s rugby team prepared last week to come out ahead of the University of Michigan Saturday for a Midwest Pool Match.

The Falcons knew that the Wolverines were capable of putting up a tough battle, but they posted a shut out against the University of Michigan for their last home game of the season.

“We knew we had some work to do to prepare after our loss against Central Michigan,” line captain Hayley Feeney said. “We focused on the areas we needed to work on in practice last week to assure that we were ready for the match.”

Skye Leary started off the scoring for the Falcons at the start of the game, with a missed conversion from outside center, Sara Leary.

Although the Falcons were unable to pull off another try in the first half, they kept the game on their half of the field, blocking U of M from scoring, which kept the scoreboard at 5-0 going in to halftime.

“Our scrums were coming together great,” pack captain Kristin Harrison said. “We were over powering U of M and gained possession of the ball on both our offensive and defensive scrums.”

The BG pack continued to win their scrums in the second half, helping aide the Falcons in once again dominating the last part of the game. Sara Leary stood out as she added two tries for the Falcons and made one successful conversion kick in the second half. The BG Ruggers once again managed to keep the game on their end of the field, preventing the Wolverines from scoring throughout the entire second half leaving the final score at 17-0.

“Hopefully we can step up our game for next weekend and eliminate some of the errors we saw on Saturday,” Feeney said. “We had a lot of missed balls that if caught would have resulted in more tries.”

The ruggers hope to place another win in the books over fall break, as they face Grand Valley, away on Saturday.