Saturday October 17, 2015 - Chad Wise - USA Rugby College News
Brigham Young 90-5 New Mexico - DI College
In what would have been billed the match of the season in the Mountain West, the Cougars of BYU celebrated exciting news in fine fashion Saturday, scoring 14 tries in a defeat of perennial Conference contender New Mexico.
Ahead of the team's trip to Colorado for the Oct. 10 match against the Buffaloes, the University announced its recognition of the women's rugby program as an extramural sport. For the first time, administrators, alumni, and supporters of all types in Provo were able to cheer on the BYU Cougars on the rugby pitch.
They were not disappointed, as captain Jordan Gray led the proceedings with a line break and offload to Justina Grubb for the match's opening try. The Cougars did not solely rely on the senior to make things happen, though, with young athletes in playmaking positions putting their own stamp on the game. Junior wing Ali Smith and freshman fly half Eternity Tenney followed Grubb with first-half tries for a 21-0 lead midway through the opening half.
Four additional tries saw BYU take a 45-0 lead into halftime, but the Lobos were not willing to accept defeat. Wing Tanya Aragon, one of New Mexico's representatives at the USA Rugby National All-Star Competitions earlier this year, broke a tackle and beat four defenders on her way to a spectacular individual try as the second half began.