Wentworth’s cold, rainy, 9am game in Newport, RI versus Salve Regina ended the season with one last win. As of that game, WIT Women are done with the season and placed second in the Colonial Coast Rugby Conference. Rookie wing Maggie “Roadkill” Cameron scored her first try, scrumhalf Kelsea Miller scored a hat trick, inside center Maria “Gigs” Giraldo drove two tries in, and flyhalf Alex DeMasi ended the game with one last try. Prop Leti Santa completed two conversion kicks in the windy weather, bringing the final score to 39-10.
After going on the road to Beverly, MA to beat Endicott in our season opener 20-5, WIT Women’s Rugby traveled to Plymouth State to win their second match in a row.
The game started off slow on the Wentworth side, allowing a try from Plymouth early in the first half. After that, WIT woke up and only allowed one more try from Plymouth for the rest of the match. Tries were scored by rookie wing Nora Jerome (who made an outstanding showing, starting in her first match ever), senior scrumhalf Kelsea Miller, and senior flanker and forwards captain Carissa Shetrone. Leti Santa (prop) put points on the board with multiple penalty kicks and conversions.
The final score for the match was 30-10.
WIT Women are going to play their first game of the season at Endicott College in Beverly, MA, this Friday night under the lights. The last two weeks of practice have shown our returning players ready for a game, and a new group of rookies who are picking up the sport and could play this week.
Last night kicked off the spring season with an informational team meeting. The EBoard told our players what’s in store for the season, giving practice times, our game schedule, and plans for Beast of the East and our Alumni Game! It’s gonna be a wicked fun season and we’re all amped to hit the gym, the practice fields, and our opposition.
Last night was WIT Women’s Rugby’s annual banquet, held this year at Simmons College. The team arrived in semi-formal attire (a big change from the usual practice clothes) with potluck dinner, and though only a few were given official awards, no one on the team left empty handed.
The team also voted in next year’s Executive Board members. All are excited to learn their positions if they haven’t served previously, and to serve for the upcoming year.
See a slideshow of photos from the banquet below! (mouse over to pause or skip)
This year’s award winners were incredibly happy to receive their awards and the accompanying recognition.
Flanker Cari Shetrone received the Coach’s Award, a huge (and well deserved) compliment for a third season veteran who has given her all to the team both on and off the field.
New scrumhalf Maria “White Maria” Hackett got her opportunity to shine this year, stepping up to the challenge of starting every game, and in a new position. She exceeded all expectations, ending the season as our Most Valuable Player.
Our most veteran player on the team and formerly our Most Improved Forward, Allie “Chuck” Copeland (second-row), saw her experience and hard work pay off this year as our Most Valuable Forward.
Inside center Amanda “Sweet Amanda” Petruzzo, our Most Valuable Back, proved herself time and time again this Fall to be one of our most reliable players on the field.
Fullback Alex DeMasi, Leopard of the Year, accepted her award and went right back to making sure the banquet was a success, so I guess I deserved that one (thanks a lot, guys).
Rookie flanker Maddy Holland won the team’s hearts (if she hadn’t already) when she was announced Cub of the Year and burst into tears of joy and surprise.
Jess Milroy, veteran player but new eight-man, became a new high scorer on our team this year after moving from lock, and was our Most Improved Forward.
Annie Yonker, first season rookie wing, was our Most Improved Back. She was happy, she said, “that people actually even think I’m good.”
Leti Santa, former forward who became outside center this year after our usual #13’s season ended abruptly due to injury, was our Rookie of the Year. Leti scored countless conversion and penalty kicks, and made all the difference in some close games.
Jamie “Whale” Robinson, veteran back, was our 16th Player. If not starting, Whale is our go-to first sub for the back line, nearly always running touch while waiting to be put in. We rely on Whale for a lot, and there’s no more deserving 16th player.
Congratulations on your awards to all those who won, and keep up the good work for our spring season!
Congrats as well to the new Executive Board. Those who have not already served will learn their positions from their predecessors in the coming spring season. The 2014/15 EBoard is as follows:
Kiera Brighton, President (WIT)
Cari Shetrone, Vice President (Emmanuel)
Leti Santa, Secretary, (MCPHS)
Alex DeMasi, Social Chair (MassArt)
Jamie Robinson, Recruiting Chair (Simmons)
Jess Milroy, Treasurer (WIT)
Annie Yonker, Match Secretary (WIT)