CWU Women’s Rugby ended their East Coast tour with a 69-8 win over Navy to go 2-0 on the trip.
“It’s a big challenge to play three games in the space of a week to start the season, but the team stepped up and answered the call against a great Navy team,” said Ramirez. “The Navy is in its first year as a varsity sport under the US Naval Academy Athletic Department. “That’s what we expected. For more programs to make that leap into the academic realm and help grow this sport,” Ramirez added.
The early kick-off did not impact the team as the scoring again started early on the Emma McCabe went over for his first try of the season. The Washington center was able to go to work in the middle of the field using the forwards to move the point of contact, go forward and also put pressure on the Marine set piece, which resulted in tries for Jessica Postel, Winnie Namosimalua, Ellie Frost and Maddie Hadden. Hadden, Jenn Aquino and Kai Brandt Templeton did well to complement each other by organizing the structure and putting the ball in space. The tries again began to arrive at a blistering pace as the score was 47-0 at half-time after Tessa Hann and Namosimalua added two more scores before the whistle.
Navy never slowed down as they did well to use choppy tackles and pressure the ‘Cats. CWU was able to set up further offensive phases with great support as Hadden crossed the line again after an offload and took 40 yards to start the second half strong. Postle added another try that day and two more Wildcats added their first tries for Central Washington, as Kerena Tinoisamoa and Mariah Tuitasi both scored after a tough charge.
Ramirez added: “The trip has been great for the programme. Playing quality rugby against quality programs has helped us find different combinations and has shown what we can work on to improve as we move towards the future. next part of the season.. It was a complete team effort from start to finish in both games, but I think the biggest growth was within the team as a whole during the road trip and building that trust. I’m very proud of this team.
The Washington Center is on the road again next week at BYU for a Friday night game.
Tries: Maddie Hadden (2), Jessica Postel (2), Winnie Namosimalua (2), Ellie Frost, Tessa Hann, Emma McCabe, Kerena Tinoisamoa and Mariah Tuitasi
Conversion: Jessica Postel 7/11