Philadelphia, PA – With wins over Temple and Virginia on Friday, Penn State has claimed the top seed from Pool A in the Women’s Collegiate Rugby Championship Invitational. The Lady Ruggers will now look to face North Carolina on Sunday at 8:59 AM (EST) in PPL Park.
North Carolina finished fourth in Pool B, claiming only its final match on the day, against Princeton, 19-17.
Penn State however, did not remain perfect for the portion at Vidas Athletic Complex – Drexel University, losing its final contest to Brown, 10-12.
Lisa Henneman led the Lions in the scoring column, posting four tries in the team’s three contests. The senior added two tries in the Temple match as well as against Virginia.
Temple fell to the Lions in the opening match, 34-0. The game saw Penn State score six tries and two conversions in its favor, while the Owls were held scoreless. The Lady Ruggers impressed with a physical, hard-hitting defense that held Temple in its end for a majority of the game.
Score: Penn State 34, Temple 0
Tries: PSU – Lisa Henneman (3:32, 13:42), Bianca Dalal (5:39), Sadie Anderson (7:04), Kelsey Corbett (10:17), Deven Owsiany (11:55) – TU – none
Conversions: PSU – Sadie Anderson (2 of 6) – TU – (0 of 0)
Penn State: 2. Lisa Henneman, 6. Olivia Lindsey, 3. Kyle Armstrong (Kelsey Corbett @ 9:00), 9. Amanda Mesa (Elena Cantorna @ 9:00), 8. Sadie Anderson, 11. Deven Owsiany, 10. Bianca Dalal
Temple: 10. Rachel Bandara, 12. Korin Tangtrakul, 11. Nicole Regis, 14. Katie Webb, 19. Jeanne DiFrancesco, 20. Erin Langeheine – Substitutes: 8. Jill Moore, 13. Bailey Fuentes, 2. Karina Sundar *Temples substitution statistics were not recorded.
Mid-Atlantic foe Virginia, was next to be taken down by Penn State, by a score of 26-7. Despite a second half try from the Cavaliers, two scores from the Lions sealed the contest. Both tries in the waning moments came at the hand of Henneman, with yet another solid performance. The win would also be just enough for the Lions to claim the pool and a top seed heading into Sunday.
Score: Penn State 26, Virginia 7
Tries: PSU – Sadie Anderson (6:20), Lauren Barber (7:57), Lisa Henneman (11:33, 13:34) – UVA – Sharlyn Carter (9:44)
Conversions: PSU – Sadie Anderson (3 of 4) – UVA – Sharlyn Carter (1 of 1)
Penn State: 4. Hanna Gregor (12. Kelsey Corbett @ 13:34), 11. Deven Owsiany, 2. Lisa Henneman, 9. Amanda Mesa (6. Olivia Lindsey @ 10:25), 8. Sadie Anderson, 7. Lauren Barber (1. Christiane Pheil @ 10:25), 10. Bianca Dalal
Virginia: 1. Ning Tay, 2. McAnderson, 3. Rosa Bauer Moshi, 4. Meredith Nelson, 5. Stephanie Chubb, 6. Sharlyn Carter, 7. Erica Cavanaugh (9. Amber Coffman @ 10:25)
The final contest proved to be more difficult than anticipated for the Lions. Brown was able to utilize penalties to gain field advantage before striking for two tries. A made conversion would be the difference in the match, as a late first half try and score midway through the second half would not be enough to come from behind for Penn State.
Score: Penn State 10, Brown 12
Tries: PSU – Sadie Anderson (7:00), Christiane Pheil (12:27) – BU – Emilie Hsieh (1:55), Chelsea Garber (3:49)
Conversions: PSU – Sadie Anderson (0 of 1), Lisa Henneman (0 of 1) – BU – Chelsea Garber (1 of 2)
Card: PSU – Sadie Anderson (9:30) – yellow – BU – none
Penn State: 4. Hanna Gregor, 6. Olivia Lindsey, 12. Kelsey Corbett, 8. Sadie Anderson, 2. Lisa Henneman, 11. Deven Owsiany, 7. Lauren Barber
Brown: 1. Chelsea Garber, 2. Blaine Martin, 3. Emilie Hsieh, 4. Michelle Un, 5. Blair Statien, 6. Marissa Reitsma, 7. Michelle Vander-Ploeg.
*Brown substitutions were not recorded
From here the Lions will take on North Carolina, Sunday at PPL Park. Game time is slated for 8:59 PM (EST).
Army claimed the top spot from Pool B and will face Temple on Sunday. The Black Knights were able to defeat Princeton, North Carolina, and Navy.
Pool A Results:
Virginia 17, Brown 5
Penn State 34, Temple 0
Penn State 26, Virginia 7
Temple 7, Brown 0
Virginia 27, Temple 0
Brown 12, Penn State 10
Penn State 2W, 1L
Virginia 2W, 1L
Brown 1W, 2L
Temple 0W, 3L
For further information: Jonathan Swart/ Sports Information Director of Rugby