This past weekend Stanford Women’s Rugby took on Chico State in the Sweet Sixteen game. Stanford dealt not only with a formidable opponent but also with the hottest weather the team has seen all year. The first half started out well with an early try from winger Michelle Teo. Stanford continued on a scoring streak, seeing tries from prop Maxine Fonua, wing Smriti Sridhar, and lock Katie Lampert. Aly Gleason made the conversion kick on three of those tries. After the half, Chico came back strong with an early try and conversion but Stanford answered with another try by Sridhar followed 8-man Amelia Villines’ first try of the weekend. Chico and Stanford both scored one more try before the end of the game. Stanford’s last one was made by center Bisi Ibrahim. Aly Gleason successfully converted two of those tries to end the game with a score of 45-12.
Starting lock, Katie Lampert ’12, wins the lineout against Cal.
The day after an exciting win against Chico State, Stanford Women’s Rugby faced rivals the California Golden Bears in the Elite 8 round of the Division I College Playoffs. Stanford started the game strong with a three tries in the first twenty minutes of the game scored by fullback Jamaica Osorio, scrumhalf Caitlin Breen and center Bisi Ibrahim. Two of the three conversions were made by center Aly Gleason. Stanford’s momentum was disrupted by a try and successful conversion for Cal. Stanford responded with two more tries before the end of the first half scored by winger Smriti Sridhar and 8-man Amelia Villines and one successful conversion. At the half the score was 31-7 Stanford. The second half started off well for the Stanford Women with another try from Villines, but the Cal Women responded with two more tries. Lock Katie Lampert put the game back in Stanford’s hands with a try. Though Cal was able to finish off the game with a try in the 80th minute, Stanford was victorious with a final score of 41-22 and will be moving on to compete in Final Four in May.
Stanford Women’s Rugby played the U19 Amazon club team on Saturday, April 7th. The team was looking forward to exhibiting their newly honed skills that they picked up in Canada during Spring Break. Despite losing to the Amazons, SWR did manage to demonstrate a step forward in their rugby playing as they worked hard to end with a score of 19-34. In another amazing break-away, winger Smriti Sridhar scored the first try in the first half, with Stanford Forwards scoring the second one. Kicker Kelly LaBuff made two fantastic conversions. One more try was scored in the second half by the Forwards, with no conversion made. Stanford Women’s Rugby can look upon this hard-fought game as a learning experience while they prepare for the upcoming Sweet Sixteens. The plays have improved with better communication and footwork, it is anticipated that we will continue to improve upon everything else in practice each week.