Just as both teams were beginning their warm ups, a thunderstorm cloud passed overhead, instantly drenching everybody on the field. Unfortunately a couple lightning strikes caused both teams to go inside to safety and wait for 45 minutes until the lightning had passed. About 45 drenched ruggers were huddled up in Norwich's cozy clubhouse getting to know each other and hoping the lightning would pass quickly. When the storm had finally passed, the players had about 15 min to continue their warm up and get used to the wet and sloshy conditions.
The DWRC was immediately on the attack at kickoff and scored 3 tries in the first 10 minutes of the game from strong runs through the centers by our backs captain, Pallavi Kuppa-Apte '14 and sophomore forward, Yejadai Dunn '16. Winger Becky Marder '15 scored a try with a big break on the outside. A few minutes later Yejadai Dunn broke through again to touch it down. Michaela Conway '15 successfully converted the try and would continue to kick well throughout the game. Dartmouth continued their domination with tries up the center by Leandra Barrett '15 and Charlotte Knott '15 ending the first half with a 38-0 lead.
In the beginning of the second half, Conlin '16 was on a scoring streak on the outside, using fancy running lines to break tackles and avoid defenders. The Norwich B's defense just couldn't catch her and she scored three tries within 10 minutes, two of which were converted by flyhalf Tatjana Toeldte '16. Norwich improved throughout the game and were tough around the rucks forcing Dartmouth to reevaluate their organization on defense. The DWRC focused on launching aggressively on defense and improved support around the ball carrier. Quick transfer passing through the back line allowed for three more tries on the outside by Becky Marder '15, Conlin '16, and Diana Wise '15. Emily Reeves' '15 great ball awareness allowed her to recover the ball after a series of turnovers in the Norwich red zone and jam up the middle for a try. Wise '15 ended the game with a final try on the outside. Final score was 87-0!
Tries: Kerry Anne Conlin '16 (5), Yejadai Dunn '16 (2), Diana Wise '15 (2), Becky Marder '15 (2), Pallavi Kuppa-Apte '14 (1), Charlotte Knott '15 (1), Leandra Barrett '15 (1), Emily Reeves '15 (1)
Conversions: Michaela Conway '15 (4), Tatjana Toeldte '16 (2)