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October 9, 2018
This weekend, the Amazons had packed weekend at home and managed to pull off two thrilling victories with DII playing against the Palmer College Dragons on Saturday and WPL playing Atlanta Harlequins on Sunday.
In Fall 2017, the DII home match against Palmer resulted in a 23-10 win for the Amazons. This season, the match ended in a 10-7 win for the Zons.
The DII Amazons took on an always tough Palmer College on Saturday in frigid Minnesota weather. It was forty five degrees at kickoff, and a muddy pitch forced the match to be contested mostly in the forwards. Veteran prop Olivia Frey said “We knew going into the game against Palmer it would be an all-out battle. Our goal for the game was simple: Connect and support one another. I think we did just that, the forwards were organized, and Amity [Amazon #9] did a great job controlling the contact points.” The Zons got on the board first, with a try by Olivia Frey, and the score would remain 5-0 through halftime.
After the break, flanker Katrina Anderson scored the eventual game winning try. Palmer would manage to score and convert toward the end of the second half, bringing the score to 10-7. The Zons wielded the three point victory thanks to a defense focused on aggressive hits. “We now know how Palmer plays and will be able to adapt for our next game against them. We plan to keep climbing the mountain!” said Frey. Next up, the DII Zons travel to take on Palmer College again on October 20, 2018.
Watch the Full Match Here
In Fall 2017, the WPL home match against the Harlequins resulted in a 27-17 win for the Amazons. Earlier this season, the Zons lost to Atlanta at their away match. This Saturday, the away match resulted in a win 25-24 for the Zons.
For Sunday, the WPL Amazons welcomed Atlanta to town for a must-win showdown. The Twin Cities Amazon Club celebrated College Appreciation Day, and were bolstered by an awesome crowd of college ruggers and fans. Those fans were treated to an absolute thriller of a match. The Zons struck first with tries from Rachel Lentsch and Kathryn Johnson. Atlanta answered back with a try and conversion, before Kaelene Lundstrum dotted down to bring the score to 15-7. An Amazon yellow card and early injuries forced some forward changes heading into half time.
The second half started with an Atlanta surge. Three tries quickly flipped the score to 15-24 Atlanta. Nationally capped Eagle and Captain Sylvia Braatan explained “When momentum shifted and Atlanta took the lead, we regrouped and talked about the need to be resilient, maintain focus, and maintain possession. It was great to see how we as a team stepped up to the challenge and respond to the adversity.” Lundstrum got her second and third tries to put the Zons ahead 25-24 with 10min to play. The crowd was on its feet as Atlanta and the Zons battled back and forth before time finally ran out and the Zons kicked to touch, sealing the win. “I have to say hearing the cheering from the sidelines was something that I really think helped us keep going Sunday,” said forward leader Ali Gillberg, “I’ve never played rugby in front of such a large vocal home crowd before, it was super cool to have so much support.”
The WPL Zons head to New York next weekend where a win could send them to Nationals in the top bracket.
Watch full match Here
After this weekend’s successful results, DII is up to 19 points. WPL is up to 23 points, keeping WPL in first place for the Red conference. Current WPL standings can be found here. Current DII standings can be found under the Midwest Women’s DII West Green section here.
DII MVP: Olivia Frey
DII Hit of the Match: Emmy Sutherland
WPL MVP: Sylvia Braaten
WPL Hit of the Match: LaNoira Duhart
Below are the details of the point system used for standings.
Win = 4 points
Tie = 2 points
Loss = 0 points
Score 4 or more tries in a match = 1 bonus point
Lose but score within 7 points = 1 bonus point
Read more about WPL news at http://wplrugby.org/.