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Women's Mid Season Review Fall 2019

Posted on 10/8/2019 11:51:41 AM by Lera Skoldpadda |   Return To Blog

August 31, 2019 – Union 12 – Monmouth 22

Labor Day weekend made for tight numbers on both sides as Monmouth travelled to Union for the season opener. It was a hot and hard-hitting match. Monmouth opened up the scoring in the first 10 minutes as the Mudturtles took injuries to starting hooker Jenna Rodriguez and Prop Danica Lindsay. Winger Gabby Longchamp and Fullback Jordan Seubert got the home side rolling with back to back tries in the 30th minute. Seubert also converted her own try. Monmouth struck back with another try before half entering halftime with a 12-12 tie. Despite a back and forth defensive battle, Monmouth was able to dot down twice more in the second half for a final score of 22-12. Several players with prior experience made their Mudturtle Debuts: Aries Zamora (GW), Mercedez Roper (Buffalo), Ariel Wang (Rutgers), Kiersten Lascher (Kings College), Shayla Vaz (Girls HS Mudturtles). WOM honors went to Gabby Longchamp who scored a breakaway try to open up the scoring and played some crazy cover defense in the back line. Prop Jennifer Cortez played the entire game and never let up the intensity, laying on big hits and barreling into the defense, earning her the title of Ninja Turtle for the match.

September 14, 2019 – Union 0 – Morris 79

It was a tough day as Union travelled to a strong and experienced Morris side. Although injuries again took their toll in the first half losing starters flanker Sam Andaya and number 8 Aries Zamora, and nothing seemed to be working, there were several positives on the day. The match saw MORE new Mudturtles making their debut: Katie Duca, Danielle Sydlo, and Jessie Kaminskyj all saw time in their first match as rookie ruggers. Alyssa DeSordi (MSU rugby) also joined the squad. Stars of the match were WOM prop Steffi Villagomez who was on point with her kicks and carried the ball with strength and poise all day. Ninja Turtle honors went to Sydlo who stepped into big shoes at flanker for her first game and was super aggressive in every tackle and ruck! Morris selected co-captain Ashley Purper as their player’s choice for her work at the flyhalf position.

September 21, 2019 – Union 7 - Brooklyn 25

The Mudturtles next travelled to Brooklyn for a late afternoon match. Travelling light with few subs, the ladies were up for the challenge and focused to improve upon the prior week’s play. Although Brooklyn was the stronger side in experience and numbers, the Mudturtles put up a good fight and played some good defense despite the scoreline. WOM honors went to co-captain Tiffani Gregory who barreled through for the team’s only try to end the first half. Tiffani has been flexible all season in playing in the loose forwards and a hooker, although her normal spot is #12. Jordan Seubert was good on the conversion. Ninja Turtle honors went to Ariel Wang whoflung herself all over the field and made countless try-saving tackles. Our rookie of the match was forward Jessie Kaminskyj and Brooklyn chose Steffi Villagomez as their player’s choice for her strength in contact.

September 28, 2019 – Union 38 – Long Island 12

Finally the Mudturtles get a win at home! It was a beautiful day for rugby and a win! The Mudurtles opened up scoring in the first 5 minutes with a try from #13 Mercedez Roper, converted by Jordan Seubert. Roper would touch down 3 more times for 20 points on the day. Jordan Seubert earned WOM honors for making 4/6 conversions and a try of her own for 13 points. Ninja Turtle went to Hajja Abdur-Rahman who earned her first start in the front row and scored her first try! Julie Buonaguro made some amazing offloads and plays on the wing! The Mudturtles welcomed back Vic Steele, Avery Salermo, Maria Guerra, and Danica Lindsey to the pitch. Great play all around!

The Mudturtles entered their bye weekend with a 1-3 record and hope to continue the upward momentum into the second half of the season.