ESU Women's Rugby

Match Reports:

 

Spring 2006 Season

ESU vs F&M 3/25/06

Team

1st 2nd Final
ESU 14 12 26
F&M 7 7 14

 

Scores:

 

Tries-  Kate Deem, Rachel Riccardo, Tiff Bordner, Danielle Lipnickey

Con-   3/4- Amy Eisenhauer 

Pen-    0/0

 

 

ESU vs Lock Haven University 4/1/06

Team

1st 2nd Final
ESU 0 0 0
LHU 22 19 41

 

Scores:

 

Tries-  

Con-    0/0

Pen-    0/0

 

 

 

ESU @ WCU Tournament 4/8/06 & 4/9/06

 

Team

1st 2nd Final
ESU 0 0 0
TBA 0 0 0

 

Scores:

 

Tries-  

Con-    0/0

Pen-    0/0

 

 

 

ESU vs Bloomsburg University 4/12/06

Team

1st 2nd Final
ESU 0 7 7
BU 5 5 10

 

Scores:

 

Tries-  Kate Deem

Con-    1/1 Amy Eisenhauer

Pen-    0/1 

 

 

 

ESU vs University Of Delaware 4/22/06

Team

1st 2nd Final
ESU 0 0 0
UD 0 0 0

 

Scores:

 

Tries-  

Con-    0/0

Pen-    0/0

 

 

ESU vs West Chester University 4/29/06

Team

1st 2nd Final
ESU 0 0 0
WCU 0 0 0

 

Scores:

 

Tries-  

Con-    0/0

Pen-    0/0

 

 

ESU vs Drexel University 5/6/06

Team

1st 2nd Final
ESU 0 0 0
DU 0 0 0

 

Scores:

 

Tries-  

Con-    0/0

Pen-    0/0

 

 

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Fall 2005 Season

 

ESU vs Lebanon Valley College 9/17/05

Written By: Nicole Bevacqua and Kevin Castner

The ESU Women's Rugby team opened their fall season at home on Saturday. The women ruggers hosted Lebanon Valley College. Anticipations are high this year for the Warriors. With a roster of well over thirty players and thoughts of a national title on their minds the rugby team smashed LVC 55-0. LVC received the kickoff and that was about the only time they controlled the ball.  ESU came up big with a steal after Lebanon Valley failed to ruck the ball at the tackle.  With the Lady Ruggers now in possession of the ball, an intense game ensued. Within two minutes Captain and Flyhalf Kate Deem scored the opening try of the match. This was the start of what seemed to be an unopposed challenge.  The Warriors continued to dominate all facets of the game through out the first half. This lead to huge open field runs by the ruggers. Key runs came from Snoann Tobin on a great 8-man pick from the base of the scrum. This was followed by a try by winger Jenni Barry, who scored with a burst down the sideline. Center Brett Neider then finished the first half half scoring with two try’s of her own. The Warriors took a 25-0 lead at halftime.

With key tactical substitutions in place for the second half the Warriors went on to pound the opposition. LVC had no answer for the ESU attack. Kate Deem scored another try to kick off the second half and led her troops very well on the day. The ruggers finished strong by consistently stealing LVC’s lineouts and constantly dominating the scrums. It was at this point in the game where Lebanon Valley realized the power and team work of the lady warriors. Trys were also scored in this half by Jenna Hoffman, Krista Prendergast, Danielle Lipnickey, Jess Brown, and Brett Neider finished it off for a hat trick on the day.  The match concluded with a final score of 55 – 0.   

Following the A-side game, LVC and ESU played their B-side teams.  In what was a hard fought match the two teams finished with a tie. The final score was 5-5. Though a low scoring match, the fans got to catch a glimpse of the Warriors stars of the future in action.

 

Team

1st 2nd Final
ESU 25 30 55
LVC 0 0 0

 

Scores:

 

Tries-  Brett Neider (3), Kate Deem (2), Snoann Tobin, Jess Brown, Jenni Barry, Jenna Hoffman,

            Danielle Lipnickey, Krista Prendergast

Con-    0/11

Pen-    0/0

 

ESU vs College of New Jersey 9/24/05

 

Team

1st 2nd Final
ESU 5 5
TCNJ 12  34  46

 

Scores:

 

Tries- Christie Konkol

Con- 0/1

Pen- 0/0

 

ESU vs Millersville University 10/1/05

 

Team

1st 2nd Final
ESU  0 5 5
MU  5 10  15

 

Scores:

 

Tries- Jess Brown

Con- 0/1

Pen- 0/0

 

ESU vs Gettysburg College 10/15/05

 

Team

1st 2nd Final
ESU  10 10 20
GC  3 7 10

 

Scores:

 

Tries- Snoann Tobin (4)

Con- 0/4

Pen- 0/2

 

ESU vs Kutztown University 10/17/05

 

Team

1st 2nd Final
ESU  5 0 5
KU 3 12 15

 

Scores:

 

Tries- Brett Neider

Con- 0/1

Pen- 0/0

 

ESU vs University of Scranton 10/22/05

 

Team

1st 2nd Final
ESU 15  12 27
U of Scranton 0 0 0

 

Scores:

 

Tries- Rachel Riccardo (2), Kate Deem, Snoann Tobin, Danielle Lipnickey

Con- Amy 1/5

Pen- 0/0

 

 

 

ESU vs University of Maryland 10/29/05

 

Team

1st 2nd Final
ESU  3 10 13
U of Maryland 5 5 10

 

Scores:

 

Tries- Katie Gilligan, Rachel Riccardo

Con- 0/2

Pen- 1/1 Amy Eisenhower

 

 

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Spring 2005 Season

ESU vs Bucknell University 4/23/05

The match report will be coming soon..

 

ESU vs Bucknell University 4/16/05

Written By: Amanda Buyes

 

The East Stroudsburg women’s Rugby team played a great game on Saturday April 16, against Bucknell University.  The team was low on numbers, with numerous players taking their Praxis exams, attending weekend classes and suffering from injuries the team competed with the bare minimum of players.  But, despite injuries and low numbers the team gave 110% and played their hearts out for a 30 to 15 win over Bucknell.  The first half started slow with ESU scoring first off a great steal on the try line by Kate Deem. Bucknell answered with a try of their own.  Both teams went up and down the field numerous times but could not connect for a try. 

 

After the half, a fired up East Stroudsburg team came out on fire for an exciting second half.  The team moved up and down the field as entire unit.  The pack was there to support each other and take the ball up the field for some key yardage.  The backs also worked extremely well together by looping, passing and straight runs allowing ESU to move up the field quickly and forcefully.  It seemed as if the team was possessed, the way they took the ball and ran up the field.  Like bats out of hell, each player made a solid contribution by taking the ball for a few yards towards the try line.  Every try scored by the team was a result of fantastic teamwork.  The second try was scored by Kate Deem who took a few passes from the pack and took off for the second try of the game.  Not taking any pressure off Bucknell, ESU quickly struck again by Kate Deem who took a tight right near the try line for her third try of the day.  Again, ESU struck again when rookie scrum- half, Amanda Buyes picked up the ball after a ruck and took off up field.  Cutting between two defenders, she sprinted between the up-rights and put the ball down for her first try of the season.  ESU was not done yet when Jenna Hoffman took a pass from one of the backs and scored another try for ESU.  However, not giving up Bucknell scored again after ľ of the entire ESU team stopped after Nikki Crawford practically decapitated a girl near the 50-yard line.  ESU was not done though; when Kate Deem took a pass from winger Danielle Lipnickey, and sprinted up field for her fourth try of the day.  Although ESU scored six times neither Nicole Fitz or Amanda Buyes could connect for a single field goal.  However, the team played great and really put all the hard work and effort they do in practice together on the field.  Everyone played great and it paid off with a 30 to 10 win over Bucknell.

 

Honorable Mentions for an awesome game go to SnoAnn Toban who played with staples in her knee from the previous weekends tournament who played winger instead of her normal 8-man spot.

 

Team

1st 2nd Final
ESU 5 25 30
Bucknell University 5 10 15

 

Scores:

 

Tries- Kate Deem 4, Jenna Hoffman, Amanda Buyes

Con- Nicole Fitz 0/3, Amanda Buyes 0/3

Pen- 0/0

 

ESU at Corn Field Classic 4/9 & 4/10/05

(Coming soon by Alicia Dunn)

 

ESU vs Drew University 4/2/05

 

This match was cancelled due to the weather.

 

 

ESU vs Lehigh University 3/24/05

 

This match was cancelled due to the weather.

ESU vs LaSalle University 3/19/05

Match Report written by Kate Deem

 

East Stroudsburg Women’s rugby team traveled to LaSalle University for a competitive match due to our field being a swamp on March 19, 2005.  With eight new players and as many returning players the women were excited and pumped to for a win.  We were eager to come together and show our skills from many hours of practice.  The game started off spirited with great communication through the packs and backs.  Our first score happened with help from each individual on our team.  We moved up the field from the help of our pack stepping over and having powerful rucks.  From the 22 meter in our team passed and ran the ball into the try zone.  The ball was passed through five people ending with Danielle Lipnickey, our inside center (a rookie) who touched it down to earn us five points.  Nicole Fitz kicked the conversion and put two more points on our board.  With a lead the girls were happy but knew the fight was not over.  We played the rest of the half with great strength and determination.  Our defense was strong lining up on the fence and with impeccable tackles from everyone.  Our offense was powerful with long runs and tough stiff arms to LaSalle’s team. 

 

The second half was fun and eventful.  Snoann Tobin made huge runs and dragging girls down the field, she was unstoppable.  The pack players ran onto the ball and equally helped one another with constant talk and support.  The backs were strong and fast to continue our progress down field.  Sno had an unbelievable run through the entire LaSalle team and with a spin move and scored with no problem.  More points were accounted for when Sno did an eight-man pick to the weak side and with support from Kate Deem.  Sno was tackled but popped the ball to Kate for another try.  Nicole Fitz made two more conversion points.  With our team happy and awesome efforts by everyone we ended the half with Nicole kicking a penalty kick for three more points.  The final was 22-0.

 

We played a B side match for 30 minutes for each player to get equal time and for new positions to be tried out.  The girls were tired and did not accelerate to their full potential but played well and seemed happy with their efforts.  LaSalle scored 10 points on us throughout this match. 

 

The game was fun and we won because of our heart.  We have come together as a team and will continue to improve with hard work and practice.  Like Kate said before, "It isn’t the dog in the fight but the fight in the dog."

 

Team

1st 2nd Final
ESU 7 15 22
LaSalle University 0 0 0

 

Scores:

 

Tries- Danielle Lipnickey, Snoann Tobin, Kate Deem,

Con- Nicole Fitz 2/3

Pen- Nicole Fitz 1/1

 

 

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Fall 2004 Season

 

ESU vs Gettysburg College 9/18/04

This match was cancelled due to the weather.

 

ESU vs University of Scranton 9/20/04 (scrimmage)

This was written by Rachel. I will clean it up later.

The East Stroudsburg Women Warriors hosted the Scranton Ladies on September 20th, 2004. Our ladies were warmed from an hour practice before and the teams came together in the beginning to test out their scrums. Refing was Mr. Slade. The game started off with Scranton kicking off to ESU. The game consisted of many hard runs from the ESU Warriors and also from the Scranton Ladies. From the start of the match, Sam got knocked in the face and our own Megan lost a contact but other then that no serious injuries. Our line outs had clean lifts and nice throws. Breakdowns of the ball consisted of semi-rucking because of the lack of support from both teams. There were very hard runs from our own Amy Brown, Tiffany, Diana, Sheena, Jenna M., TJ, Alicia and Rachel. Two trys were scored in the first half, one was scored by  Amy Brown and 1 from Scranton. Amy had a hard run into the right corner after many passes from the backs with support. The conversion point was missed. Lindsey did a a job well done as hooker with her sore ankle. The second Half, ESU kicked off to Scranton and returned the kick with immense pressure, running onto the ball. Jaqui and Megan had strong runs after breakdowns. A couple penalties were awarded to both teams on account of faulty scrums. Our scrums had a bit of a problem with Scranton, we kept collapsing and at one point ESU only had 7 people in the scrum and not 8. Our backs played well, running onto the ball and keeping wide and tight at some points. Our calls were direct with everyone repeating them to each other. Three more try's were awarded to ESU in the second half. Amy Brown, Rachel, and Tiffany all scored a try each, and Jenna M. scored a conversion point and a 22 mark drop kick kinda thing, for 3. (I DUNNO WHAT THATS CALLED). Diana was quick on return kicking and running onto the ball. Nicole Fitz played very hard through the game with having her knee hurt. Jenna Smith did a job well done on the wing with one of the guys players Joe giving her pointers on the game. Jen T was a very huge help with being our scrummie, she was quick to get the ball out to the backs during line outs and scrums. Sheena was the only one to call a maul during the game which we all reacted quickly too. Though the game only had 25 minute halves the ESU and Scranton Ladies played hard. Finally last but not least unfortunately Castner had prior plans to be at and Coach Kym Ryan stepped it up and pumped us up through the whole game, giving us pointers at half time and at injuries. The ending score I believe was 26ish - 5 ???

 

ESU vs Widener University 10/2/04

The women defeated Widener by a score 10-5.

Match Report written by Sheena.

Stepping on the field for the first league match, the East Stroudsburg Women were pumped up to play.  The starting fifteen were composed of half returning players and half rookies.  Most position were new to those old heads and new heads.  The play was even throughout the first half, our pack was matched evenly with their pack, and our wing with theirs.  Our pack kept pushing down the pitch lead by Amy Brown, Lindasy Isler, and SnoAnn Toban.  As a Dallas was called for the wings, Kate Deem, playing fly-half for the first time this season broke out with an excellent run...being able to see the field and make key cuts towards the try zone.  She took the ball for approximately thirty meters for the first try of the game.  Key hits during the half were made by SnoAnn Toban at second row and Kate Deem.

 

Leading at the start of the second half, the ESU women came out with even more heart.  The hits were harder and the passes were quicker.  A play to the wing came after a couple of quick tights to the pack.  As Jena, outside center, was running down the side of the pitch, she got tackled.  The Widener girl landed on her right leg breaking the Tibia and destroying the ligaments. (found out a week later, Jena needs to have a plate and screws placed in her leg to fix the torn ligaments and broken bone, she WILL be returning next semester.)  The ESU women afterwards slipped momentarily and the Widener Women responded with a quick play out to their wing and they slipped past our defense and into the try zone, this would be the last time they scored.  ESU responded ten minutes later with a fifty meter sprint from another rookie named Jena, winger.  The score was 10-5.  THe ESU women were pounding down the field for the last fifteen minutes of the game trying for another try, however, the whistle blew and the game was over.  Final score was 10-5 in favor of our East Stroudsburg Women.
At the end of the match, the ESU Ruggers felt they fought harder and better than that in the Scranton Scrimmage, though they still needed to work on a few key aspects of the game. 
 
Noteworthy Players of the Game:
Lil' Jen, scrum-half, played one of the best games since she has been on the team.  She tackled the other scrum-half twice during the game at key times. 
SnoAnn Toban, second row, lead the pack for key tackles allowing for East Stroudsburg to gain the ball back in their possession.
Jena, winger, is a rookie who lead our team to a try-scoring victory.  She had key tackles on the sidelines to stop the Widener girls from having their own fifty-meter runs.

 

Team

1st 2nd Final
ESU 5 5 10
Widener 0 5 5

 

Scores:

 

Tries- Kate Deem, Jenna Smith

Con- 0/2

Pen- 0/0

 

 

ESU vs York College 10/9/04

The women were dealt a tough lost  at York. The final score was 39-0.

Match Report written by Sheena.

Before stepping on the pitch at York for an 11 am kickoff, the East Stroudsburg girls had already decided the ending verdict of the game in their minds.  Fifteen ruggers are needed to field the team and fifteen girls showed up for the match.  All fifteen came with heart including three brand new rookies, only having practiced twice before the match.  Four key players were missing from the line-up, though it still did not destroy some hope for the game. 
 
Many ruggers on the East Stroudsburg team were playing new positions for this game due to lack of numbers...Amy Brown typically an eight man was scrumhalf, Alicia typically a prop was second rowing, Nikki Crawford typically a flanker was eight man, Sheena Nicholson typically wherever the coach decides to put her was Flyhalf, and Nicole typically a winger was Fullback.
 
During the first half the play was evenly matched.  East Stroudsburg held the York team from the try zone on numerous occasions, having to kick the ball to get it out of inside the twenty-two.  They once even held the ball up for a 22-meter drop kick.  Finally having a break in defense, the York ruggers scored but  missed the extra points.  The ESU wing worked well with one another, considering there was two brand new rookies in key positions and the plays ran smoothly when the ball was given to the wing.  The pack tried their hardest to push up the pitch but found York players waiting for them.  Rucks were lost because of lack of ESU players in them.  At the end of the first the score was 5-0 in favor of the York team. 
 
East Stroudsburg only needed to step it up a notch to defeat the York team, however as captain Amy Brown put it during the end of the game, "Instead of stepping it up we dropped down not just one notch but two or three."  The York team came out with more heart than that of the ESU girls, scoring try after try after try.  ESU was only in York's half approximately six to seven times, just during kickoffs after each York Try.  There was really nothing nice about the second half, and mother dearest always said if you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything at all....so that is what I am doing.
 
At the end of the match, ESU noted that with a win in the upcoming Bloomsburg game we will still be able to make playoffs.  The girls knew things needed to be worked on during the practices...most importantly having the team show up for them.
 
Noteworthy Players of the Game:
Bret, rookie outside center, had key hits and had seemed like she played for years.  She followed through on every wing play called and ran with the ball excellently.
TJ (Liz), inside center, played the pitch well with key defensive plays stopping the York wing from advancing in the first half.
Lindsay Isler, hooker, got hurt within the first half and continued to play with heart with a pounding pain in her right wrist (a previous injury from last season

 

Team

1st 2nd Final
ESU 0 0 0
York 5 34 39

 

ESU vs Bloomsburg University 10/15/04

The women dropped a heart breaker to Bloomsburg 14-5. Match Report coming soon.

Team

1st 2nd Final
ESU 0 5 5
Bloomsburg 14 0 14

 

Scores:

 

Tries- SnoAnn Toban

Con- 0/1

Pen- 0/0

 

 

ESU vs St. Joseph's University 10/23/04

The women lose to St Joe's 49-10. Match Report coming soon.

Team

1st 2nd Final
ESU 5 5 10
St. Joe's 29 20 49

Scores:

 

Tries- Jenna Smith, Sam

Con- 0/2

Pen- 0/0