October 20th, 2022

Kaleigh Wright

Oct. 20, 2022

After a nice fall break, the Colgate ruggers got right back into things and began preparing for their game against Binghamton University. This past week they went over passing and kicking as well as scrums and lineouts. Saturday came and the players stepped out onto the pitch, excited for a great game.

        Colgate did not waste time after receiving the kickoff to begin the first half. Within the first three minutes, senior Lita Wright roll-dodged their way through two defenders, carrying the ball all the way to the 5-meter line before the try zone. From that breakdown, senior and prop Jasmin Lopez got the ball and drove it into the try zone, scoring their first try of the season, on their birthday nonetheless. A few minutes later senior Lauren Dirvonas got the ball by Colgate's 22-meter mark and sprinted all the way to the try zone scoring the second try of the game. Colgate got the ball wide by the 50 and senior Cat Wang secured Colgate's third try of the game on another long breakaway down the sidelines. Binghamton was awarded a try off of a penalty but Colgate did not let that slow them down as they worked to get the ball wide again, allowing freshman Nephileen Kattel to run it down the sideline and into the try zone. The Colgate ruggers saw a great improvement in their rucking as well as launching up on the ball on defense. Junior and flanker Mariah Loiacono received a pass in the middle of the 50 and broke through three defenders, sprinting the ball all the way into the try zone. At the end of the first half, Binghamton had a goal-line drop-out kick in their try zone that captain and senior Kristen Mast blocked and dove onto, securing the last try of the first half.



        Going into the second half, Colgate's main focus was getting low on tackles and communication within their pods. Senior Lauren Dirvonas saw a gap in Binghamton's defense and drove through scoring the first try of the second half. Binghamton came back with another try but freshman Nephileen Kattel didn't slow down, receiving the ball on the wing and sprinting past three defenders into the try zone. The Colgate ruggers dominated in scrums, winning the ball even on Binghamton's scrums, and continued to improve in their lineouts. With five minutes left, captain and senior Kristen Mast got the ball on a penalty and drove it into the try zone, following it up by kicking her own conversion. The final try of the game was scored by captain and eight-man Ellie Humphreys as she got the ball wide at the 22 and ran it into the try zone to finish off the second half.  



        Colgate walked away with yet another win, the final score at 62-12. The ruggers thank Binghamton for coming out last Saturday for a beautiful day of rugby. Colgate looks forward to parents' weekend where they will be playing Cornell this Saturday.