HANOVER, N.H. - USA Rugby Collegiate Division II top-ranked Norwich University wrapped up its preparation for the national championships' Final Four with a big win at Dartmouth May 2.
The Cadets, improving to 23-2 on the season, unloaded on a young Dartmouth side, scoring 19 tries en route to a 117-0 scrimmage victory. Dartmouth, who is in springtime recruiting mode, gave the Maroon and Gold everything they had, but there were too many attacking threats coming from the Norwich side of the field.
Senior captain Katie Hathaway (Amesbury, Mass.) opened scoring for the Cadets 1:30 into the game when she took an offload from sophomore fullback Rose Bernheim (Andrews AFB, Md.). Bernheim had countered a Dartmouth kick and set up Hathaway for the score with a goal-line pass.
From there, the flood gates opened with tries coming at regular two-to-five minute intervals for the remainder of the first half. Senior flanker Hannah Bushey (Essex Junction, Vt.) ran in a trio of tries in the half, and junior wing Andrea Vogt (Dedham, Mass.) ran in a pair. Bernheim, senior hooker Allissa Amodeo (Ringwood, N.J.), junior lock Corinne McElroy (Canaan, N.H.), and junior wing Adria Pickin (Homestead, Fla.) also added first half tries.
With six of 10 tries converted by junior flyhalf Emily Baugus (Kingsville, Texas), the half ended 62-0.
Using every available sub in the second half, the Cadets showed no signs of faltering. Hathaway rushed in for a pair in the second half, Amodeo, Bushey, and Vogt also added additional five-pointers. Sophomore prop Evanna Mills (U.S. Virgin Islands) rushed in for the first try of her career. Sophomore Jackie Derocher (Northwood, N.H.), held scoreless for 60 minutes of action, finished the game in a remarkable fashion, reeling off three tries in just 7 minutes of play. Baugus went five-of-nine in second half kicking to end the game 117-0.
"This is a tale of two programs being in different modes at this point in the year," said NU head coach Austin Hall. "While we're preparing for a national championship tournament, Dartmouth is looking ahead to next year and giving valuable playing time to their younger group. They kept their heads up, and we had a chance to get a good run in."
Norwich heads to Palo Alto, Calif. next week to play Washington State in a national semifinal match Friday, May 11. Game time is slated for 10:00 a.m. P.S.T. and will be streamed live over the internet at www.ustream.tv/usarugby.