Double Header Report – SWR v. Davis, Humboldt (Home)

Stanford 31 UC Davis 14
Tries – K. Herson (2)
O. Bernadel Huey
A. Tallman
L. Ferguson
Conversions – O. Bernadel-Huey (3)

Stanford Women’s Rugby hosted two-time defending USA Rugby Spring Champions UC Davis under the Friday night lights. UC Davis jumped out to 14-0 with two converted tries in the first 15 minutes. However, SWR refused to roll over and replied with a try to winger Kara Herson ’21 in the 23rd minute. The Cardinal continued to build the pressure as they spent the rest of the half camped in the UC Davis 22m. The pressure paid off with points as flyhalf Olivia Bernadel-Huey ’18 collected her own kick to score under the posts. The successful conversion locked the scores up at 14-14. The teams headed into halftime with the game finely balanced.

In the second half, SWR looked to retain the momentum and used a varied attack to put pressure on UC Davis. A strong kicking game from Bernadel-Huey, impressive ball retention and the ability to attack the width of the park kept UC Davis on the backfoot. When UC Davis had possession, SWR showed relentless defense and strong tackling to stall the Aggies go forward. In the end, the Cardinal attack led to 3 more tries in the second half from Herson, Avery Tallman 20′ and Lia Ferguson ’18. Bernadel-Huey slotted two more conversions, and SWR ran out winners 31-14. While there were many noteworthy performers, special mention goes to the back row of Anna Park ’20, Kathryn Treder ’18 and Ferguson. Their high work rate on attack and defense set the tone for the team performance.

Stanford 48 Humboldt 41
Tries – O. Bernadel-Huey (2)
I. Anderson
T. Balabanis
L. Ferguson (2)
H. O’Brien
Conversions – O. Bernadel-Huey (4)


Only 12 hours after the final whistle against UC Davis, Stanford Women’s Rugby were back at Steuber Stadium warming up to face a big and physical Humboldt State. Humboldt State jumped out to a quick start, scoring four tries for a 26-0 lead after just 20 minutes. The game paused due to an unfortunate injury to Cardinal wing, Nicole Almanzar ’18. The delay gave SWR a chance to refocus. The Cardinal came back scoring three quick tries before the break through Olivia Bernadel-Huey ’18 (2) and Isis Anderson ’21. At halftime, the score was 26-19.

The second half began with an energized Humboldt State building their lead. SWR stayed composed by working the connections and processes they have been practicing since the start of the season. Through teamwork and patience, the Cardinal were able to wrest the momentum. SWR built pressure with a good kicking game, strong ball carries and long periods of possession into a 48-31 lead. The points came on tries from Tatiana Balabanis ’19, Lia Ferguson ’18 (2), Anna Park ’20, Haley O’Brien ’20. However, Humboldt State launched a furious last 10 minutes, punching in two more tries. In the end, SWR squeaked out the win in a very exciting and physical game.
(Photo credit: Hector Garcia-Molina)

Match Report – SWR v. Cal (Away)

Stanford 51 Cal 17
Tries – O. Bernadel-Huey X3
K. Herson
J. Hayward
L. Ferguson
A. Seth X2
Conversions – Olivia Bernadel-Huey X3

Stanford Women’s Rugby bounced back from last week’s defeat to Chico State with an emphatic victory over long time rival Cal.

Stanford came out firing right from the kick off with a break away from second row Haley O’Brien ’20 which saw her held up over the line. The ensuing scrum led to Olivia Bernadel-Huey’s ’18 1st of her 3 tries for the day. It was one way traffic for the rest of the first half with further tries from Ash Seth ’19 , Lia Ferguson ’18 and Kara Herson ’21. Halftime score 41-0 Stanford.

The second half saw Cal come out with greater intensity as they maintained possesion and put Stanford under increased pressure. Cal got the 1st try of the second half, but Stanford immediately replied with a try from Jett Hayward ’19. The second half continued to be more back and forth with Cal adding 2 more tries and Lia Ferguson ’18 adding one more for Stanford. This was a much improved performance both on Attack and Defense and saw further improvement from our new players who continue to grow every time they step on the field.

Next weekend Stanford hosts a double header at Steuber Rugby Stadium! UC Davis comes on Friday evening at 7:00PM, and Saturday sees us face of against Humboldt at 11:00AM.
(Photo credit: Hector Garcia-Molina)

Match Report – SWR v. Chico State (Away)

credit: Hector Garcia-Molina
Stanford Women’s Rugby opened their season with an away trip to Chico State on Saturday. With great excitement, SWR welcomed back juniors from their fall quarter abroad and looked to integrate a large rookie class. Unfortunately, Stanford ran into a well drilled and experienced Chico State team. The inexperienced Stanford outside backs had a difficult containing the pacey Chico offense. The standouts for Stanford were in the forwards, where the front row were able to take three scrums against the feed and the flankers, Anna Park ’19 and Kathryn Treder ’18, went over for tries.

In the second team match, SWR was excited to start a mostly rookie team. It was fantastic to see winger, Mariah Ward ’21, stretch out for long range tries as the backline looked to exploit the space out wide. In the forwards, the standout with her strong runs was Melinda Hernandez ’21. It will be an exciting future with so many of the freshmen developing throughout the course of the match.

First XV 17 v 48 Chico State
Second XV 15 v 30 Chico State
(Photo credit: Hector Garcia-Molina)