Saturday April 11, 2015 - Goffrugbyreport.com By Jackie Finlan
Albuquerque, NM - The quarterfinalists played each other in the fall and spring, splitting games. But in the teams’ March meeting, the Cougars and their 110 points suggested they were a different team from the one that lost in the fall.
“When UNM beat us by one point last year, it was really good for us,” BYU coach Tom Waqa stated. “That was a good learning experience.”
A good learning experience that the team wasn’t eager to repeat in the post-season. BYU didn’t let up in its Round of 16 match Friday, sending 11 different players over for tries against Cal. Kayla Richardson, Ali Smith, Justina Grubb, and Kelly Briggs had multi-try games, while Chanel Johnstun, Paige Torgeson, Jordan Gray, Sia Skipp, Rebekah Boaz, Meighan Stevens, and Emma Stewart also scored.
“Cal had some good players,” Waqa commended. “They have been successful at some collegiate 7s tournaments, so we knew going in that we had to defend them really well. We've been working so hard on set piece defense, and general play defense, especially with line speed.”
Meanwhile, New Mexico had more of a fight against UC San Diego Friday, pulling out a 46-34 victory. The Lobos had a little more recovery to do, but entered today’s game ready for battle.
“New Mexico had a better start; we came in cold,” Waqa said. “I believe we took a little time to forget about the Cal game.”
Provo, UT - The BYU Women's Rugby team, dominated the game Saturday against University of New Mexico at Fort Utah Park, Provo, and won by a record 110 - 5 on the second game of their home and away series. This is the highest deficit ever produced by a BYU womens side against UNM women's rugby team. The game was played coming off a tough loss of 30-29 when the Cougars fell to UNM in Albuquerque, NM last November 2014. The Cougars redeemed themselves this time and ran away with 17 tries, 10 conversions, while UNM managed to sneak in 1 try before the half. Player of the Match & Flanker Justina Grubb wearing no. 7, had a monster game scoring a team record of 5 tries on the day with one called back.
Fort Collins, CO - BYU Women's Cougars defeated Colorado State 53-10 on Saturday. The team moved the ball around, as Hillary Hironaka, Justina Grubb, Cajin Christenson, Lindsay Sheridan, Meighan Stevens, Nicole McCullough, Laura Gubler and Chanel Arts all scored tries. Jessie Beck and Paige Torgeson accounted for 5 conversions. Paige also delivered a perfect strike for penalty kick from the right hand corner of the 10m line.
Overall, the Cougars played well. The pack withstood early pressure from CSU pack and ran away with it towards the end. The Coaches were able to work in some depth with an important component of player development for the Cougars.
BYU still has one more league game against New Mexico on Nov 8, 2014 at Albuquerque, NM.
Saturday Oct 18, 2014 - 01:00pm - Cougar Rugby News
Provo, UT - BYU women's rugby defeated Air Force Academy on Saturday, 34-5, through a team effort led by Dana Mortensen, Justina Grubb and Nicole McCollough. BYU started the game fast, on attack and on the first few waves, the Cougars managed to take cross the line after a line break - 2 minutes into the game. Conversion went wide, so it was 5-0 BYU for about 10 minutes. Air Force came back strongly with their own offensive patterns. "The BYU backs manage to contain AF for the most part, but we felt like we missed a lot of tackles." said Coach Waqa.
Ten minutes into the game momentum took BYU deep into AF half. Cougar forwards rumpled on, managed to jam one over the line in for 10-0 score. BYU regathered again, and scored two more quick ones, through Cajin Chritianson (2) and Dana Mortensen (10). That took BYU up 20-0 going into the halftime break.
Midway into the half, BYU scored from a long range attack that began from the half way line. Cougars inished that off - conversion good. 27-0.
Then AF made their move, with some good ball movement. The forwards drove it in to make that 27 - 5. BYU finished the day with another try and converted to make that 34 - 5.
Saturday, October 11, 2014 : 09:00am - Cougar Rugby News
PROVO, Utah - The Quinnipiac University women's rugby team was defeated by the Brigham Young University Cougars on Saturday morning, 36-19. In a tough match up between two nationally ranked top five teams, the Bobcats could not stop the Cougar attack in the second half despite tries from Natalie Kosko (Sebastian, Fla.), Christie Albers (Castle Rock, Co.), and Elisa Cuellar (Palm Bay, Fla.).
The contest between the Bobcats and Cougars marked the first time in women's collegiate rugby history that a top 10 team from the east coast matched up against a top 10 west coast team outside the national tournament or playoffs. Quinnipiac (2-2) came to Utah with a No. 5 national ranking against a BYU team (2-0) ranked 3rd in the country.
Play began with little ball movement and excellent defense by both sides' back lines. After a scoreless opening 20 minutes, the Cougars were first to put points on the board through Jordan Gray (12), but were unable to convert on the kick. The half continued to be a defensive stalemate after the first try and Quinnipiac entered the break facing a 5-0 deficit.
Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 11:00am - Cougar Rugby News
Meighan Stevens (5) prepares for lineout.
Provo, UT - BYU Women's Cougars dominated Colorado on Saturday putting up 106 points to Colorado's 5. It was one sided affair and the Cougars looked to be the more experienced team. Colorado is in it's rebuilding year, and this is certainly one of the games to learn from.
Led by All American No.8 Jordan Gray playing at center, the Cougars put up 50+ unanswered points in the first half alone. Dana Mortensen (10) was also at her usual best operating and guiding the Cougar offense at No. 10.
Final Score: BYU 106 Colorado 5
Next up - BYU vs Quinnpiac - Sat October 11, 2014 - 9am
By John Reid San Jose Mercury News Daily News Staff Writer -Posted: 04/28/2014 07:06:11 PM PDT0 Comments | Updated: 25 days ago
Jordan Gray on offense for BYU vs Stanford 2014. Dana Greenwood in support.
Stanford women's rugby has been a fixture at the USA Rugby National Championships for over a decade. Why change things?
Stanford is off to the Division I Final Four after a hard-fought 26-17 win over BYU in an Elite Eight match at Steuber Rugby Stadium on Saturday. Stanford won't have to travel far as it is the host site for the championships May 8-10.
"BYU was athletic, physical and a worthy adversary," Stanford coach Matt Sherman said. "They were committed with their season on the line."
Tighthead prop Maxine Fonua's third try of the game 71 minutes in, plus a 2-point conversion by Aly Gleason, had to provide some bit of relief that the feisty Cougars were at arm's length.
"I wasn't really paying attention how many tries I scored," said Fonua, a Hawaiian native. "Our forwards really brought it. We gave a good platform for our backs."
Stanford scored quickly to go up 5-0. Good ball movement to the weak side resulted in a try by center Madeline Wilson, who put the ball down far left of post in the second minute. Gleason's conversion effort was short to the left.
"Madeline had a really good game," Sherman said. "She ran hard and tackled hard."
UCLA, CA - BYU women's rugby overcame two good sides to earn an automatic bid to the Nationals Playoff competition. The Cougars dominated University of Arizona on Friday April 4th, and ran numerous tries, to finish the day winning by a record 103 - 3.
On Saturday, University of California Santa Barbara put up a solid start and drew first blood when they scored off an intercept and a penalty kick, to put them up 10 - 0 going into the 15th minute. But BYU had other ideas, the women from Utah Valley regrouped and scored 53 unanswered points. Jordan Gray ran in 3 tries and that was supported by Dana Greenwood and Harley Rowland each with 2 tries a piece. Other players contributed to the final score.
The forwards dominated the scrums and had their fair share of lineouts. Defense was led by hardworking Paige Torgerson, Shaye Grether, and Sia Skipps. The Cougars are through to the Sweet 16, Stanford Regional West which includes:
Brigham Young University Cougar Women’s Rugby
Stanford University Women’s Rugby
Texas A & M University Women’s Rugby
University of California, Berkeley Women’s Rugby
The USA College Rugby Competitions Committee has setup Friday Pool Pairings as follows:
Friday, April 25, 2014 - Stanford vs Texas A&M - Time: TBD
Saturday, April 26, 2014 - BYU vs Cal - Time: TBD
Dana Greenwood in action for the BYU Cougars this season.
Saturday, Nov 09, 2013
Provo, UT - The BYU Women's rugby team, regrouped after the UNM loss, and ran through the league table. The team was able to identify the talents needed to sustain the renowned program. This is a rebuilding year for BYU Women's Rugby. League results are as follows:
Saturday, Oct 12, 2013 - BYU vs Colorado @ CU; 12.00pm
Score: BYU 96 CU 0
Saturday, Oct 19, 2013 - BYU vs Utah U23 @ Provo; Time: 11am
Score: BYU 72 UT U23 17
Saturday, Oct 26, 2013 - Colorado State vs BYU @ Provo; 11.00am
Score: BYU 41 CSU 5
Saturday, Nov 02, 2013 - BYU vs Air Force @ AF; Time: 11.00am
Score: BYU 71 AF 17
Friday, Nov 08, 2013 - BYU vs Cal State Long Beach @ CSULB - Time: 8pm
Score: BYU 61 CSULB 0
Saturday, Nov 09, 2013 BYU vs UCLA @ UCLA - Time: 1pm
Score: BYU 81 UCLA 0