Yesterday, Stanford played an intense game against an experienced team, the San Francisco Golden Gate Rugby Club. Stanford came out strong, with a try scored by Sasha Herbst de Cortina (’15) in the first three minutes. After an unsuccessful conversion attempt by Aly Gleason (’14), Golden Gate responded with a try of their own at the 10 minute mark, and also had an unsuccessful conversion, tying the game at 5.
The Cardinal women regained possession of the ball, and senior player Aly Gleason scored a try, and followed it up with a conversion, to put the score at Stanford 12, Golden Gate 5. Golden Gate immediately responded with a try of their own, missing the conversion, for a score of 12-10, which remained until the end of the quarter.
At the beginning of the second quarter, Golden Gate came out strong, putting up points after the first three minutes, but again failing to make the conversion. Golden Gate then hit a streak making tries again at six minutes, nine minutes, and fifteen minutes, successfully making one conversion, and finishing the half at Golden Gate, 32, Stanford 12.
Stanford fought hard through the second half, but unfortunately was never able to regain the momentum they had in the first quarter. The cardinal women faced a very physically aggressive offense, and were sadly unable to stop the more experienced players on the Golden Gate team, who exploited the weaknesses in the defensive line to score tries. Final score: Golden Gate 66, Stanford 12.