Sunday, April 29th
To conclude Babson's spring season, they traveled to Cambridge to participate in the annual MIT Prom Dress 7's tournament. With only 7 players available, it was set to be a long day but spirits were high and the dresses ridiculously awesome.
Game 1 pitted Babson against cross town opponent Wellesley College, with whom they had just participated in a joint practice session earlier in the week. Each club only arrived with 7 players, and with skill levels equal, the match was set to be a close one. The game was hard fought, with both sides having long sustained drives which failed to result in points. In the end, Babson prevailed on a last second breakaway, and the game concluded Babson 15 - Wellesley 10.
In Game 2, Babson faced a familiar WPI club which had bested them last spring at Babson's home tournament. This time around, Babson got a small measure of revenge, beating Worcester 20-5 behind some strong tackling and great intensity around the breakdown. WPI turnovers resulted in Babson breakaways, and by the second half the game was never in question.
Game 3 was against Brandeis & Friends, a mixed squad which saw MIT and other players graciously volunteer to fill out Brandeis' side. Babson's continuity was the highlight here, as they were able to consistently offload the ball in contact and find open space out wide. The final score was Babson 35, Brandies 10.
Game 4 was a high scoring affair against MIT, with both clubs' speed and skill on display. The first half saw the two clubs trading tries thanks to hard runs and slipped tackles, and it was a 5-point game at halftime. In the second half Babson was able to take advantage of a few lucky breaks and improve their defense, and came out victorious, 35-20.
In the final game of pool play, Babson faced off against an injury-ravaged Mount Holyoke squad. It was in this game that Babson's fitness was clearly on display, with multiple long line breaks resulting in try after try. The highlight of the match was a beautiful offload from Babson's forwards captain to their backs captain, followed by a perfect chip and chase resulting in a 50-meter try (video below). The final score was 45-5, and placed Babson as the #1 seed after finishing 5-0 in pool play.
After a short break, Babson faced off against Wellesley College (and Friends) in the championship match. Injuries had left Wellesley with only 4 healthy players, but once again MIT was gracious enough to loan them some extras so they could compete against Babson. The first half was extremely close and hard fought, with much of the period tied at 0-0 or 5-5. As time expired in the first, Babson successfully linked a few strong offloads and break away down the sideline for a try, ending the period 10-5. In the second half, Babson's drive and determination couldn't be stopped. Multiple long breakaways and hard tackling allowed them to increase their lead to 20-10, and as time expired they scored another try for good measure, taking the Championship 25-10.
Over three 7's tournaments in April, Babson compiled a 12-2-1 record (all non-wins came at the hands of D2 powerhouse, Bentley) and finished 3rd, 2nd, and 1st overall, improving in each subsequent competition. Following a highly successful Fall season, things are looking up for Babson Women's Rugby!
With the spring season concluding, Babson WRFC would like to thank their graduating seniors for all they've done for the club over the years. We couldn't be where we are today without you! Morgan Kuehnle, Brittany Myrick, Jasmine Bailey, and Yarely Vargas - Thank you all!
Saturday, April 14th
This past weekend Babson wrapped up their NEC7C season hosting a 5-team tournament on Harrington Rugby Pitch. Bentley, UMass-Lowell, St. Anselm, and New England College all traveled to participate in the competition on the cool and sunny spring day.
Babson started strong out of the gates, topping St. Anselm in their first match of the day, 26-12. The first half was a close match with both sides breaking the opposition defense for long scores, however Babson was able to force multiple turnovers in the second half and maintain possession to pull away for the win.
Game 2 pitted Babson against familiar opponent Bentley, having played them twice the previous weekend at Endicott 7's. This match was an exciting back and forth contest, with both clubs refusing to give in. Tries were traded throughout the game, and Babson was able to tie the match late in the second period, and the game ended tied 17-17.
The third match-up of the day saw Babson jump out to an early lead against UMass Lowell and never look back. Multiple freshmen played significant minutes in this match, earning valuable experience in the 37-0 win.
Babson's final game in pool play put them up against New England College, and the large side from New Hampshire gave the Beavers all they could handle. Strong rucking allowed NEC to maintain possession for long stretches of the match, putting constant pressure on Babson's defense. However a few lucky breaks allowed Babson offensive opportunities, highlighted by an 85-meter kick and chase-down try which put Babson ahead for good, winning 17-5.
After pool play had concluded, Babson found themselves in 2nd place behind only Bentley by virtue of point differential, as both clubs posted 3-0-1 records in pool play. With the 5-team tournament format, Babson & Bentley faced off in the Championship match.
Having lost one player to injury, and another to a scheduling conflict, Babson found themselves with limited substitutes for this final game. The starters were asked to go the distance in this one, and unfortunately fatigue began to show a few minutes into the match. Bentley showed why they are one of the top teams in D2, consistently recycling the ball with smart offloads and long passes out wide. Babson made a few long runs of their own, but with tired legs the support wasn't always there, leading to a few turnovers. The final score was 31-5 in favor of Bentley, but the women of Babson WRFC gave their full effort throughout.
Babson concludes the NEC7C season tied for 5th place overall - a resounding success against some of the top D2 clubs in New England.
Final NEC7C Standings
1) Bentley - 32 pts
2) Endicott - 23 pts
3) Stonehill - 16 pts
4) Bryant - 15 pts
T5) UNH - 11 pts
T5) Providence - 11 pts
T5) Babson - 11 pts
8) MIT - 9 pts
T9) Colby-Sawyer - 7 pts
T9) UMass Lowell - 7 pts
T9) Wheaton - 7 pts
12) Wesleyan - 5 pts
13) Holy Cross - 2 pts
Babson continues their spring season this coming weekend with a 7's scrimmage against Wellesley and Framingham State, and will wrap up their season on Sunday, April 29th at the MIT Prom Dress 7's.
Sunday, April 8th
Babson traveled north to play in the 6-team Endicott 7's tournament this past weekend, and despite only having 8 players available, were able to earn a hard fought 3rd place finish.
Pool play pitted Babson against Bentley and MIT, with both games featuring hard runs and big tackles from the Beavers and their opponents. A few long breakaways in each contest were the difference, as Babson closed out the early matches 27-10 and 31-5 against Bentley and MIT respectively, finishing 2-0 and the top seed in Pool B.
The top seed earned Babson a bye in the Quarter Final round, providing a much needed rest for the players who would go on to play every minute of the tournament. Bentley upset Colby-Sawyer in the Quarter Final match, providing a rematch for Babson in the Semi's.
In their second meeting of the tournament, Bentley and Babson traded early tries, tying the game at 5-5 with only a few minutes remaining in the first period. However sustained defensive pressure by Bentley resulted in several turnovers from Babson, and Bentley pulled away for the 29-5 win.
Babson faced Wesleyan in the Consolation Finals (3rd/4th place match), and they turned up the intensity for the last game of the day. Multiple long line breaks combined with relentless defense kept the game well in hand throughout, and Babson ended the day victorious with a 37-0 shutout, and a 3rd place finish overall.
Next week Babson hosts their own 7's tournament, with Bentley, Endicott, UMass-Lowell, and New England College in attendance. First kickoff is slated for 10:00am on Saturday, April 14th.
Saturday, February 24th
After a strong Fall 2017 season which resulted in promotion to a higher level of competition within NEWCRC, Babson opted to join the newly formed New England College 7's Circuit (NEC7C) for the spring, a series of 7's tournaments which boast some of the top Division 2 college clubs in the region.
The first tournament of the spring was an 8-team NEC7C event hosted by Bryant College at their beautiful indoor football facility down in Rhode Island. Due to injuries and schedule conflicts, the Beavers traveled with only 8 players for this early spring competition, including 2 rookies who would be playing in their first rugby game ever!
Babson started out the tournament slowly, with 30-15 and 25-5 losses to Endicott and Stonehill, respectively, while also losing a senior player to injury, leaving the Beavers with no substitutes for the remainder of the tournament. Both of these losses came against top D2 competition, and while Babson competed admirably, they were simply outmatched by the more accomplished programs.
In the final game of Pool Play, Babson came roaring back, downing Umass-Lowell with a score of 20-0. Constant defensive pressure forced multiple handling errors by their opponents, and the undermanned Babson club took advantage. Pool play ended with Babson at a 1-2 record, securing the #3 seed in "Pool B".
The consolation semi-final match pitted Babson against the "Pool A" #4 seed, Wesleyan. With both teams beginning to tire, Babson's aggressive style continued and they pounded in try after try, winning the match 35-5.
In the consolation final, Babson matched up against the "Pool A" #3 seed, Wheaton. After the teams traded tries early in the first half, Wheaton was able to successfully find space out wide against the tired Babson side, and pulled away to a 25-15 win.
Babson finished the day with a 2-3 record, and a 6th of 8 finish. With over a month before their next competition, BWRFC will be spending the next few weeks preparing for the remainder of the spring season!
Saturday, November 4th
After an undefeated regular season, Babson opted to schedule a "Challenge Match" scrimmage against a higher level opponent. This match was intended to gauge exactly where the club was developmentally, in anticipation of promotion to NEWCRC Tier 2 next fall. University of New England was nice enough to host Babson for the friendly 15's match.
UNE opened the scoring early and never looked back, putting up 70 unanswered points on Babson's previously untested defense through the first 52 minutes of the match. Despite the lopsided score, the Beavers never gave up, and began to gain some momentum as UNE players began to tire and substitutions were made. Babson began stringing together multiple clean phases of offensive rugby, combining long break aways from the backs and punishing runs and smart offloads by the forwards. Over the final 23 minutes of the game, Babson outscored UNE 31-5, with tries from 5 different players.
The final score was UNE 75, Babson 31 to close out the season. Despite the less than desirable result, Babson showed admirable resolve and are poised for big things in the coming seasons.
The coaches and players would like to thank all the fans and alumni for all their support this fall. We would also like to extend a special thanks to Haley McLaughlin (Back's Captain) and Iris Rodrigo Ruano (Starting Hooker) for their careers with Babson Women's RFC. Haley will be graduating this coming December, while Iris will return to Spain following her one semester abroad at Babson College. We wish them both the best of luck in their future endeavors, and hope to see them return for future alumni festivities!
Another unseasonably warm October Saturday made for perfect rugby weather as Babson traveled across town to play Wellesley College this past weekend. Babson started the scoring early as their scrum half made a heads up play off a ruck near the goal line, diving over and touching the ball down in the corner. The other position groups did their part as well, with one "Forward" and one "Backs" try during the half, however each was scored near the sideline, and none of the three were converted. With 5 minutes to go in the period, Wellesley was able to break through the Babson defense for a try, and with the conversion the half ended with a close 15-7 score in favor of the Beavers.
The second half was marred with injuries to both teams, and both sides were forced to play shorthanded. As the field opened up, and Wellesley began to tire, Babson was relentless in their attack. Hard charging runs by the forwards put the Wellesley defense on their back foot, and arm tackles were unable to stop the Beavers on their way to the try zone. The second half resulted in 7 more tries by Babson (6 converted), split among backs and forwards.
Babson was victorious with a final score of 62-7, and ends their season a perfect 5-0, outscoring their opponents by a total of 312 - 22. They will travel to the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine this coming Saturday (November 4th) to play a challenge match against a higher division opponent.
On Saturday, October 21st, Babson hosted NEWCRC newcomers, Williams College. Due to low numbers on the opposition side, it was decided that a game of 10's would be played.
The Beavers started strong, scoring their first try just 4 minutes into the match, and touched down another only 2 minutes later. Both were converted, and Babson was rolling with a 14-0 lead early in the game. After continued defensive pressure and some hard tackles, Babson was able to poach the opposition ball and set one of their props on a long bruising run down the sideline that ended just short of the goal. On the play 3 Williams players were injured, leaving only 7 remaining. The 10's game was ended with a final score of 14-0, and the clubs elected to play two games of 7's instead.
7's game #1 kicked off with a similar start - Babson taking possession and holding it for long periods. Two breakaway runs (neither converted) had the Beavers up 10-0 at the half as everyone tried to catch their breath. The second half began with another Babson try before Williams was finally able to find space out wide. The Williams player broke free for a 50-meter run and touched the ball down for their only points of the day. In the end, Babson won the first 7's match 20-5.
In 7's game #2, Babson continued to roll subs, getting as many players valuable game experience as possible. Two first half tries mimicked the prior game, however this time one was converted, taking a 12-0 lead into halftime. After the break Babson was able to break away for 3 more tries, converting two, and the game ended 31-0.
In total, Babson outscored Williams 65-5 on the day. The Beavers will travel across town to face Wellesley next week (Saturday, October 28th); 11am kickoff, at Upper Field, Keohane Sports Center, Wellesley MA
This past weekend, with playoffs and possible promotion to Tier 2 in mind, Babson took on their friends from MIT in cool and damp conditions. A slight mist fell for much of the first half, but that didn't slow Babson in the slightest, scoring 2 minutes into the match and never looking back.
The entire Babson roster was called upon in this effort, with strong runs and crushing tackles from the forwards leading to plenty of space for their backs to work. Of the 16 tries scored by the Beavers, 14 were converted, in large part due to precise goal kicking from 3 different Babson players.
MIT fought hard throughout the entire game, and scored unconverted tries in each half. Despite the lopsided score, the club from Cambridge never gave up, playing tough down to the final whistle.
Next weekend Babson hosts NEWCRC newcomer, Williams College with a 12pm kickoff at Harrington Field.
Another week, another win for Babson. This one coming in a self-coached effort, with help from a couple alumni, as both coaches were away for Dave's wedding in Vermont.
With Brandeis unable to come up with sufficient numbers for the match on September 30th, they were forced for forfeit, running Babson's win streak to 2 games. Not to be one to turn down a friendly contest, the two clubs opted to play a 10's scrimmage to gain some valuable experience.
Babson continued where they left off against Brandeis last fall, posting a 77-0 shutout win. 7 rookies played significant minutes, including 3 who were playing in their first game ever.
Next weekend (October 7th) Babson and all of NEWCRC are off, and action will pick up again on October 14th at 1pm when Babson hosts friends MIT at Harrington Field.
48 hours before scheduled kickoff, Central Connecticut State University opted to forfeit this weekend's match to Babson due to low numbers. This left Babson scrambling to find an opponent, eventually coordinating a combined scrimmage with our friends over at MIT and Wellesley, with Babson filling out MIT's roster against The Wellesley Blue.
Three Babson rookies played significant minutes, including one player scoring her first two tries ever, thanks to some hard running and break away speed. Big tackles and aggressive counter attacking were Babson's contributions to this match, as the Babson and MIT Beavers shut out Wellesley on the day.
Next weekend Babson will travel to Brandeis for a 1pm kickoff in Waltham.