It's been a long and exhausting 5 days, but very exciting for the young Sharks. I'll go into some detail regarding our preparation on my coaching blog, but wanted to get an update out quickly.
Friday was a tough day for us - with only 6 returning players, and 22 fresh faced rookies, MARFU took the field against NRU. We were a bit outmatched by virtue of size and experience, and the NRU took advantage of our inexperience with a brilliant tactical game. They controlled much of the possesion and repeatedly forced us to play out of our red zone. A stern whistle by the referee's saw 2 penalty kicks and a converted penalty try to to NRU in the opening 20 minutes, and while the young Sharks adjusted at half, it was just a little too late.
MVP awards on the day went to American University flanker Kaitlyn Rooney, who made a huge impact both offensively and defensively - all in her first select side experience. Congratulations Rooney!
The match highlight video is below the game roster. NRU and MARFU line breaks and tries are all combined, so you may see a couple of try scoring clips twice. Final score MARFU 12, NRU 42. The star on the day was certainly NRU's 10, who absolutely punished every MARFU infraction with penalties, and placed precision tactical kicks all game long. NRU wnt on to win the tournament in convincing fashion, dusting off the Midwest 43-5 on Sunday. They were clearly the class of the tournament. Congrats to NRU.
Next post will feature the exciting MARFU/PACIFIC U23 match (which MARFU pulled out in dramatic portion to avoid relegation and remain in Tier A).
Friday's Roster, scroll down for video...
1. Mia Delina Escobar (Drexel)
2. Kristin Lucas (UVA)
3. Molly Walter (Mary Washington)
4. Emily Refsnyder (Westchester)
5. Ugochi Madubata (Princeton)
6. Monique Compito (Virginia Tech)
7. Kaitlyn Rooney (American)
8. Laura Miller (St Mary's College of Maryland)
9. Sara Shanley (Virginia Commonwealth)
10. Melissa Hutchinson (Shippensburg)
11. Meg Lamm (Westchester)
12. Tanya Gouws (University of Maryland)
13. Moira Sommerdyk (Temple)
14. Danielle Monica (Temple)
15. Natalie Monroig (Shippensburg)
Maddie Kriebel for Escobar - Lucas to 1, Kriebel to 2 (Westchester)
Sara Glick (Westchester) for Kriebel - Lucas to 2
Monique McQueen for Monique Compito (Virginia Commonwealth)
Angela Yue for Lamm (Westchester)
Sasha Stauffer for Tanya Gouws (Sommerdyk to 12
Hannah Bennett for Sara Shanley
Trys - Hutchinson, Monroig
Conversion - Monroig