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Week Six: WPL Amazons VS DC Furies

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Photo Credit: Kayla Finn
Pictured: Sylvia Braaten MVP

D2 Amazons VS County Will Morrigans
September 25, 2018

This weekend, the Twin Cities Amazons had a double header at home. DII played the County Will Morrigans on Saturday while WPL were against the DC Furies on Sunday.

In Fall 2017, the DII home match against the Morrigans resulted in a 53-0 win for the Amazons. This season, the match ended in 127-0 win for the Zons.

The DII Zons constantly broke through the Morrigans defensive which consisted of only 13 players. Even with the uneven match up, there were high spirits throughout the match.

In Fall 2017, the WPL home match against the Furies resulted in a 48-19 win for the Amazons. This season, the match ended in 58-15 win for the Zons.

After an unfortunate outcome for the Zons earlier this season at DC they were eager for this rematch. The Amazons dominated the first half, with 46-0 points scored by Megan Wolf, Sylvia Braaten, Lenora Duhart, Bailey Johnson, Rachel Lentsch and Kaelene Lundstrum. The Amazons kept a consistent pace with cohesive passing lines the entire first half. Going into the second half D.C. regrouped and came back with a strong front out scoring the Amazons 15-12. 

WPL flanker and seasoned Zon, Em Jalosuo reflects on Sunday’s game, “Coming into our games this weekend, our main focus was to maintain continuity and intensity for the duration of the match. We were able to connect and execute offensively which gave us the edge in Sunday’s game against DC; but there is still work to be done. We have so much potential, and we are looking forward to putting in the hard work and connecting as a team to prepare for the rest of the season.”

Watch the Full Match HERE

After this weekend results, DII is at 15 points and WPL is up to 14 points. Current WPL standings can be found here. Current DII standings can be found under the Midwest Women’s DII West Green section here.

 

As the Amazons move forward, DII will travel to Scylla for their match on Saturday and WPL will travel to Beantown on Sunday.

 

DII MVP: Ophelia Loree
DII Hit of the Match: Katrina Anderson

WPL MVP: Sylvia Braaten
WPL Hit of the Match: Em Jalosuo

Below are the details of the point system  used for standings.

 

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/.

 

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Week Four: WPL Amazons VS. New York Rugby Club

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Pictured: Ali Gilberg, Rachel lentsch

D2 Amazons BYE

September 10, 2018

 

This weekend, the Twin Cities Amazons WPL played the New York Rugby Club at home while DII had a bye.

In Fall 2017, the WPL home match against NYRC resulted in a 41-53 loss for the Amazons. NYRC were the 2017 WPL national champions. This year, the match ended in 39-10 win for the Zons.

With the forecast predicting the Zons to lose their match on Sunday, they beat the odds with their ability to continuously keep NYRC on the defensive. The Zons started off attacking hard and carried the strong team connection throughout both halves, only allowing one try to be scored by New York in each half.

“Our goals [Sunday] were to connect and to finish on the opportunities we create. New York is a very solid squad and we knew in order to compete we had to execute and take care of the ball,” Twin Cities captain and capped USA eagle Sylvia Braaten explained. “We did a better job of keeping our intensity high throughout the match but still have much to improve on. We are looking forward to taking the momentum of [Sunday’s] win into the second half of the season.”

Read more from USA Rugby CLICK HERE
Watch Full Match CLICK HERE

After this weekend results, DII is stagnant at 5 points with their bye weekend and WPL added 5 points this weekend for a total of 9 points.

As the Amazons go forward, DII have their away match against the Minneapolis Menagerie on Sat. 15 with kickoff at 10:00am at the Eagan Community Center and WPL will have a bye weekend.

 

WPL MVP: Amity Beiner
WPL Hit of the Match: Katie Johnson

Below are the details of the point system  used for standings.

Current WPL standings can be found here. Current DII standings can be found here.

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/.

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Week Three: WPL Amazons VS. Atlanta Harlequins

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Photo Credit: Minchul Cho
Pictured: Megan Wolff

D2 Amazons BYE

September 4, 2018

This weekend, the Twin Cities Amazons WPL traveled to the Atlanta Harlequins while DII had a bye.

In Fall 2017, the WPL away match against the Harlequins resulted in a 3-25 win the Amazons. This year, the match ended in a 10-53 loss for the Zons.

WPL had a tough time battling Atlanta’s strong defense and heat. Atlanta pulled ahead in the first 20 minutes of the match with two tries. Newcomer Zon, Shaena Sparrow layed down a hard fought try in the middle of the 1st half. In the second half, Atlanta picked up three more tries with strong a strong performance from their number 12 Broughton and their entire backline. Unfortunately, the game didn’t finish in the Amazons’ favor but they fit in another try at the last minutes of the match.

According to long time Zon veteran Ali Gillberg, “We had lots of great individual effort and flashes of continuity, but will be working this week to put things together as a full unit in order to be ready for our match against new York. It is tough to lose, but I think it’s an experience that will motivate us to figure out what we need to do as a group to continue to improve and find our identity as a team.”

After this weekend results, both sides are stagnant for standings with DII at 5 points and WPL at 4 points.S
Watch the full Match HERE

As the Amazons go forward to the next competition, DII will have another bye next weekend and WPL will have a match at home against New York on Sunday, Sept.9 with kickoff at 11:00am at the Eagan Community Center.

 

WPL MVP: Em Jalosuo
WPL Hit of the Match: Rachel Lentsch

Below are the details of the point system  used for standings.
Current WPL standings can be found here. Current DII standings can be found here.

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/.

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Week Two: WPL Amazons VS. Beantown D2 Amazons VS. County Will Morrigans

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Pictured: Marina McCuskey
Photo Credit: Ryan Siverson  See more photos

August 27, 2018

This weekend, the Twin Cities Amazons DII traveled to County Will Morrigans for their match on Saturday and WPL played against Beantown at home for their match this past Sunday.

In Fall 2017, the WPL home match against the Beantown resulted in a 18-29 loss the Amazons. This year, the match ended in a 15-15 tie the Zons.

The Zons scored their first try, conversion, and penalty kick in the first 12 minutes of the first half which was followed with a battle for possession for the remainder of the half. In the second half, Beantown tied up the score rapidly in the first 8 minutes and landed another try about 26 minutes. The game ended with the Zons scoring a try and missing the kick in the last minute of play.

Long time Amazon veteran and capped USA Eagle, Kaelene “Lunde” Lundstrum reflects on the team’s progress, “Today’s game didn’t end exactly like we wanted, but there were still many positives that came from it. There is a lot of potential and the team is playing together better each week. We tend to play together for parts of the game but need to pull it together for a full 80 minutes. I can’t wait to see where the season will lead.”
Watch the Match Here

Last year, the away match against the Morrigans resulted in a 46-5 win for DII. This year the away match resulted with a 39-0 win for the Zons.

The first half started with the Zons scoring twice in the first 10 mins. For the rest of the first half there were multiple penalties for offsides and hands in ruck for both teams. The Zons defense was solid and did not allow an opportunity for the Morrigans to score. In the second half, the Zons kicked up the intensity and scored 5 more tries before the half ended.

New addition to the Zons from the Detroit and match MVP Shaena Sparrow said, “I can’t speak for the previous game [match against the Chicago Lions] as I was not there for it, however I feel that the team connected more and more as today’s game went on. We got into a rhythm and I am excited to see where this will go moving forward in the season. We have a good potential to be the top team but everyone needs to keep working hard to accomplish that goal.”

While DII is moving forward with 5 points for standings after this weekend, WPL added 2 points from the tie bringing their total to 3 points for standings.

As the Amazons go forward to the next competition, DII will have byes for the next two weekends and WPL will be traveling to Atlanta harlequins on Saturday, Sept. 1.

D2 MVP: Shaena Sparrow
D2 Hit of the Match: Julie Bode
WPL MVP: Lanoria Duhart
WPL Hit of the Match: Sylvia Braaten

Below are the details of the point system  used for standings.

 

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/.

 

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Match Report: WPL Amazons VS. D.C. Furies, D2 Amazons VS. Chicago Lions

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August 22, 2018

The Twin Cities Amazons kicked off the 2018 Fall season with DII playing against the Chicago Lions at home this past Saturday and WPL traveling to the DC Furies for their match on Sunday.

Last year, the away match against the DC Furies resulted in a 36-7 win for the Amazons. This year, the away match ended in a close 31-33 loss for the Zons.

Forward and long time vet Mikayla Miller shared a quick recap, “Our goals for Sunday’s WPL match were to go forward together, and to ‘protect the pack’ – protect our family, control our controllables, and move down the field together. Our first half was filled with great defensive efforts and explosive moments on attack, which sent us into  halftime with a lead. With a strong attack and a relentless pursuit at the breakdown, the momentum quickly shifted in the Furies favor during the second half though, ending in a close loss for us on the road. While the loss was disappointing, we recognize our potential, and are excited to get back to training this week to prepare for our next couple of matches – our first DII road game and WPL home opener.”
Watch the full match here: WPL Amazons Vs. DC Furies 2018

For the DII side, the match was a debut for the Chicago Lions that resulted in a 19-43 loss for the Zons.

Field Captain Ashley Kastendick provided comment on DII’s performance on Saturday, “I don’t think the score reflects the hard fought battle the DII Amazons gave the Lions. The individual efforts were there but at the end of the day, we know that we lacked that team connection and got out worked. With that being said, you could definitely feel the potential out there on the pitch. I’m excited to watch this squad tap into that and go forward as the season progresses.”

While DII is currently sitting at 0 points for league standings from this past weekend, WPL harnessed two league bonus points for scoring 4 or more tries in a match and a loss within 7 points.

As the Amazons go forward to the next weekend of competition, DII will be at the Will County Morrigans on Saturday, Aug. 25 and WPL will be playing Beantown at home on Sunday, Aug. 26.

D2 MVP: Katrina Anderson
D2 Hit of the Match: Leia Gravon
WPL MVP: Brittany Tricarico
WPL Hit of the Match: Sylvia Braaten

All home matches will be held at the Eagan Community Center with kickoff at 11:00 AM.

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Eagan Community Center
1501 Central Pkwy, Eagan, MN 55121

Below are the details of the point system  used for standings.

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/.