WAYNE – National playoff rugby at its finest took place over the weekend from the House of Pain Rugby Complex in Wayne.
Following a dominate 69-0 victory over SUNY Oneonta on Saturday, the Wildcat women were back in action Sunday with Colorado College. CC defeated MSU Moorhead 57-10 on Saturday during the Sweet 16 Round.
Scoring opened four minutes into the contest as Julia Baxter crossed into the try-zone and following a two-point conversion kick by Sam Warneke, WSC led 7-0.
Leanna Rosberg would account for the next two scores to push Wayne State’s lead out to 17-0.
Colorado College then posted a first half score with about 18 minutes left. Including the conversion kick, Wayne State held a 17-7 lead.
Founder and coach of WSC rugby, Darrin Barner said as soon as the ‘Cats took a deep breath CC was right back in it.
“They answered right back and put a score on us (which) kind of woke us up a little bit,” said Barner. “They certainly made us play probably the hardest game of the year, there’s no doubt about that.”
Then Alba Laredo tacked on a pair of try’s for WSC in the fifth and final minute of the half. Wayne State held a dominate 29-7 lead heading into half.
In the second half, Wayne State would continue their dominance with three scores in about seven minutes. Try’s came from Turner MacPhee, Alyssa Fisher and Anna Fleecs.
Trailing 48-7, Colorado College would add two more scores for the final of 48-19 in favor of Wayne State College.
“That’s just it,” Barner added. “You know you need to be prepared at all times because one play can make or break you.”
The defending 15-on-15 champions and Region 4 (West) Champions, Wayne State College will now face Gustavus Adolphus on Saturday, December 2 in Georgia during the Final Four round. Bentley University will also take on York College of PA on the other half of the bracket.