FAIRFIELD, Conn.- The Sacred Heart University Women's Rugby Team Tallied two wins at the Pioneer 7's Tournament this afternoon as SHU defeated LIU Post 26-10 and Norwich 19-5 while falling to Colby Sawyer and Army B to end the teams chance of winning the Pioneer 7's title for a second straight year. SHU will conclude its sevens season on Saturday April 20 when the team travels for the Bowdoin 7's.
SHU 19, Norwich 5
The Pioneers would dominate the first game against Norwich as the Pioneers would strike early as junior Allie Rinaldi would be the first Pioneer to score a try off an assist by sophomore Grace De Poortere to give the Pioneers a 7-0 lead after a successful conversion. Then with just :39 seconds remaining in the opening half sophomore Isabel Cuddy would find the touchline as well as a successful conversion by De Poortere would give SHU a 14-0 lead. Cuddy would find the touch line one more time to eventually give the Pioneers the 19-5 victory.
SHU 10, Colby Sawyer 12
The Pioneers would tally just two tries in this matchup as first-year Nia Williams and Cuddy would each snag a try to put the Pioneers ahead 10-0. But Colby-Sawyer would rally back for the 12-10 win scoring two striaght tries and a successful conversion.
SHU 26, LIU Post 10
SHU would be able to rally back after the Colby Sawyer loss as the Pioneers would open up the third match of the day with a try by Grace De Poortere to give the Pioneers a 5-0 lead. After LIU evened the score a 5-5, freshman Jasmine Quinones would find the touchline in the final seconds of the first half and after a successful conversion by Kaylee Hale the Pioneers would lead 12-5 at the half. Then Cuddy would continue her impressive day on the pitch as she would find the touchline at 5:40 in the second to make the score 19-5 SHU. Cuddy would score her fifth try of the day to give the Pioneers a 26-5 lead with 1:25 remaining in the second half and eventually give SHU the 26-10 win.
SHU 0, Army B 17
The Pioneers would be halted in the playoff game against Army B as the Pioneers would be unable to find the touchline even with an impressive run over 20 by Isabel Cuddy. The Pioneers did though lead in scrum wins with four and sophomore Tessa Buckey tallied four impressive tackles in the loss as well.