Monthly Archives: March 2007

Champagne Classic

It was an early morning start for the Stanford women at the Champagne Classic tournament, hosted in San Diego by the Surfers Women’s Rugby Club. Stanford competed in the women’s club bracket in order to test themselves against some more experienced sides. This meant battling some of the toughest women that women’s rugby clubs from around the nation have to offer. The day began with a close loss to the Olde Girls of Denver Colorado at 15-10. In this game, flanker Nora Levinson suffered a broken leg and is another player now out for the season. But Stanford got into the game later in the day, resulting in a win against a club from Scottsdale, AZ. The day ended with a loss but a great learning experience against the Berkeley All-Blues at 25-0. All in all, it was a day of hard rugby which lead the Stanford women into the Chablis bracket the following day.

Day Two of Champagne Classic was another sunny day by the sea. First Stanford defeated Seattle with a score of 24-3. Later in the day, Stanford competed against the Surfers in the Chablis Championships. Stanford defeated the Surfers with a score of 36-17. Overall, Stanford won the Chablis bracket and freshman Jessica Watkins was named Club MVP back for the tournament.

Stanford 46, Davis 0

Recovering from a huge upset against Chico State and the loss of several key players due to injury, Stanford bounced back with a decisive victory against UC Davis last Saturday. The weather was perfect, and the team had trained hard during the week, working with the adjustments they had to make due to the injuries. Moving inside center Melissa Smit to flyhalf and inserting wingers and fullbacks into the remaining backline positions, Stanford’s new lineup seemed to work. Although the team initially had some difficulty adapting to the new positions in the first half of the game, they soon adjusted and were moving the ball fast and wide as they have in the past. Outside center Carey Myslewski led the team in tries, and Stanford’s defense held Davis from scoring. The final score of the game was 46-0.