Young Rugby Queens Buoyant in Loss
SOCORRO, N.M. March 4, 2014 – Members of
Phoebe Nicholls (left), Emily Randall (#12), and Andrea Grijalva combine to tackle a NMSU Lady Chiles player in rugby action in Socorro Saturday.
Queens center Emily Randall sprints through a gap in the Lady Chile defense. In support (from left) are Andrea Grijalva and Abigail Montoya. Refereeing the action is Dr. Clint Richardson. NMSU clipped the Queens 22-12.
Photos by William Colburn
With six of 12 players in their second semester of rugby, and three more playing their first-ever match Saturday, the
With March arriving like a lion in the form of a strong late-morning wind, the Lady Chiles scored one five-point try in each of the first four playing periods. The home team compensated for their lack of rugby sophistication with enthusiastic tackling in defense and unexpected passing ability and support running when in possession of the ball.
All of Tech’s beginners got into the action and the team’s rewards came in the fifth and final period of play. Playing in her first match, Natasha Trujillo received a pass near the right touchline and slipped into high gear. Two
Natasha Trujillo’s heroics earned her recognition by her teammates as NMT’s Woman of the Match. Kayla Hanson and Amy Galanter also distinguished themselves in their first outings.
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By Dave Wheelock/Tech