Wayne State women’s rugby on to NSCRO finals

MARIETTA, Ga. – The Wayne State women’s rugby team scored three tries in the first 15 minutes and dominated SUNY-Cortland on their way to a 58-5 win in the semifinals of the National Small College Rugby Organization tournament Saturday at Life University.

The Wildcats got on the board with a score by Alex Feeley, and followed that quickly with an interception return for a try by Sam Warneke. Feeley scored again a few minutes later to put Wayne State up 15-0 just 15 minutes into the contest.

Leanna Rosberg made a nice fake off a scrum and found a gap for a 40-yard run about eight minutes later, and Kelsey Stutzman’s point-after try made it 22-0. Wayne would score two more before halftime on tries by Jasmine Kovacs and Hannah Meyer, with Stutzman converting on the Meyer score to make it 34-0 at the half.

Wayne State scored quickly off the second-half kickoff as Rosberg found the try zone for the second time. Meyer scored her second try off a ruck and Maryssa Schleis scored late in the second half with a long run off the left side. Sam Warneke’s conversion made it 51-0 with about 10 minutes to go.

Cortland would avoid the shutout with a late score, but Wayne State would put one more up at game’s end as Rosberg scored her third try of the match. Julia Baxter’s conversion was the final play of the game, sending Wayne State on to the finals.

Wayne State will play either Colgate University or Lee University in Sunday’s 1 p.m. final.

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