THE BOWDOIN COLLEGE women’s rugby squad hosted Middlebury on Saturday. In the top photo, fullback Hayleigh Kein is on one of her defensive attack runs, while in the bottom photo, scrumhalf Kameryn Sanchez is in control of the ball while being tackled and she’s looking to pass the ball out to a support runner.

THE BOWDOIN COLLEGE women’s rugby squad hosted Middlebury on Saturday. In the top photo, fullback Hayleigh Kein is on one of her defensive attack runs, while in the bottom photo, scrumhalf Kameryn Sanchez is in control of the ball while being tackled and she’s looking to pass the ball out to a support runner.

BRUNSWICK — Bowdoin College shook off a rusty start to pull away in a 25-5 women’s rugby win over Middlebury on Saturday.

 

 

The Polar Bears (2-0) earned a win in the rematch of the first-ever New England Small College Rugby Conference championship game played last fall with the Panthers.

After the teams traded possessions to start the game, Hayleigh Kein broke through for Bowdoin in the 23rd minute. Following a series of passes, Kein broke a pair of tackles and into open space, speeding to the goal line for a 5-0 Polar Bear lead. Seven minutes later, Addison Carvajal kicked the ball downfield soccer-style and recovered it in the endzone to make it 10-0. Middlebury was able to get one back before halftime to trim the lead to 10-5.

Emily Athanas-Linden, broke through a gap to make it 15-5. Carvajal added another try before Maura Allen fed Kein for the final score of the day to make it 25-5.

In addition to the scorers, Bowdoin also got standout lineout play from Anna Piotti and tactical kicking by Athanas-Linden with a solid chase strategy from Carvajal, Charlotte Kleiman and Emily Stewart, among others.

The Polar Bears will return to action next Saturday at Tufts (1 p.m.).