The Boston University Women had a tough schedule on the final weekend of regular season play. With Northeastern on Saturday and a makeup game with UCONN on Sunday, BUWRFC gave their minds, hearts and most certainly bodies for the team. BU finished off Northeastern 42-25 on Saturday and closed out the weekend with a 12-5 win over UCONN on Sunday. The team moves on to playoffs at Princeton next weekend.
BUWRFC put up 42 points against Northeastern on Saturday coming from six different players. Both #10 Deanna Nash (SAR ’14) and # 9 Melissa DiFabio (SAR ’12) touched down two tries each for the team while Captain Abby Smigelski (CAS ’12) and Carol Almonte (CAS ’12) added two forward tries to the mix. BU had an excellent drive in the scrums, often winning the ball from underneath Northeastern’s feet. Once the ball was out to the backs, Alex Hublebank (SAR ’14) Chrissy Vailas (COM ’12) and Kiera Vinson (CAS ’13) had an excellent series of looping eventually ending in a try for Vailas. Hublebank banked her own try as well, finishing off the team’s total of 8 tries for the game.
With a 6pm KO on Saturday and 11am KO on Sunday (in Connecticut), the team did not have much time to rest and recuperate in between. However with some Sweet cupcakes, a long walk home and a little Amityville Horror, BUWRFC managed to pull it together and win the battle vs. UCONN. Warmups were a reminder of the toll that this sport takes on your body and although everyone was sore and tired, each player put the team ahead of herself and worked hard for 80 minutes. Freshman Julia Gowesky stepped up to start in her first A-side game after an outstanding B-side game vs. NU the night before. The first 40 ended scoreless with the ball remaining in BU’s possession for the majority of the half. Both teams were quite physical, but BU clearly dominated the scrums and the majority of play. Outside center Chrissy Vailas should think about becoming a forward after holding her own in multiple rucks and Vinson had an outstanding open field tackle to save a potential try. As a whole, the pack had huge runs as well as controlling multiple short phases. Junior Ashley Teamer (CFA ’13) put her knees to work while running through player after player; Carol Almonte (CAS ’12) seemed to be everywhere on the field whether she was picking and going for a few meters, or running down the field while stiff-arming UCONN; Alex Krawczuk (CAS ’13) and Aubrey MacGill (ENG ’13) also made huge gains for BU both contributing play-saving tackles to the game and long runs.
Overall, BUWRFC had fire in their eyes and not a drop of fear for the entire weekend. The two wins should cinch second place in NERFU and the team will travel to Princeton, NJ next weekend to begin playoffs and face #2 seed in the Ivies, Princeton University.