Lindenwood Women’s Rugby Dominate For Homecoming

(photo by Don Adams Photography)

ST. CHARLES, MO – Women’s rugby swept two games played on Homecoming Day October 14 in St. Charles, Missouri.

The Lady Lions first defeated the St. Louis Sabres Women’s RFC 48-10 Saturday afternoon at the Lindenwood Track Complex.  Alicia Barry impressed with her back play as she was extremely dangerous in space and ultimately scored four tries in the match.  Benita Carson was one of the top players from the forwards position.

Head Coach Billy Nicholas recapped the contest.

“This team continues to grow and develop and we are truly coming into stride with this unit,” he said.  “We have a few more good tests coming up for them, but as always, we are thankful to have such good competition so close to us in the St. Louis Sabres.  I hope to see some of our graduates in a Sabres jersey in the future.”

Photo by Don Adams Jr.

Later in the day, Lindenwood defeated Tulane University 99-0 under the lights at Hunter Stadium.

Coach Nicholas had several compliments to hand out after the game.

“I was really impressed with Laura Enk from the forward position, and forward Richelle Stephens who had a killer first half and did a great job of being a vocal leader,” he said.  “That was a big key to success, especially with the handful of rookies on the roster during the match.”

Prior to the game, seniors Laura EnkDavon Thomas, and Taylor Bohlender were honored. The match balls were presented by Community Living, and many family and friends, several recruits, Golden Line, and multiple members of the Lindenwood administration were on hand.  The night was capped off by the traditional BBQ for both teams, one of the unique attributes of the sport of rugby that breeds great camaraderie.

With the win, Lindenwood improved to 4-0 in collegiate play this season and also extended a home winning streak that has stretched into four years under Coach Nicholas.

The Lady Lions next travel to Elkhart, Indiana to face Penn State in a neutral site match October 22.  The opening kickoff is set for 12 p.m. at the Moose Rugby Grounds.