Saturday, April 16th
This weekend Babson traveled down to Rhode Island to play in the Beast of the East collegiate rugby tournament. With over 80 men's and women's clubs playing games across 6 fields, the Beast is always an exciting weekend. Babson's pool included Division 1 URI's B-Side and Franklin Pierce University, both proving to be challenging match-ups.
Game 1 kicked off at 8:30am vs. URI-B and the discipline and fitness level of the D1 squad would be a challenge for Babson. Poor tackling by the Beavers allowed URI several long line breaks, and sloppy play at the breakdowns allowed URI to steal possession throughout the contest. Babson was able to keep the game somewhat close in the early portions of the game, but in the end the team with the superior skills and discipline won out. Final score, URI-B 27, Babson 5.
Game 2 was played at 4:00pm vs. Franklin Pierce after a long break. Babson experimented with several positional changes in hopes to slow down FPU's strong outside center, and for the most part succeeded early, keeping the score 5-0 for the majority of the first half. A long break by Babson's own outside center resulted in an apparent try, but it was ruled that the player exited the back of the try zone during the run - the lines on the field were difficult to discern, which led to this mental mistake. After this error, FPU appeared to get on track with hard runs by their tight 5 forwards and effective offloads which kept Babson on their back foot. In the second half the floodgates opened as the Beaver's defense tired, leading to a final score of FPU 31, Babson 0.
A disappointing showing for Babson this year at Beast, but with 10 players playing in their first or second season, and only 1 senior graduating, the future of Babson Women's Rugby is as bright as ever.
Next Saturday (April 23rd) Babson will host the Babson Women's Alumni for a friendly match. Kickoff is at Noon, followed by game awards and an on-field BBQ.
The next day Babson will travel to Cambridge for the MIT Prom Dress 7's tournament to wrap up the season.