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  • Mikaela Groomes

Coastal Women's Rugby looks to improve

On Saturday, Feb. 3, the Chanticleers played Elon University and emerged with an 83-0 win.

Kayleigh Kempa scored the first points of the game followed by two trys by Bri Haddad and a conversion by Lauren Durant. The ladies continued to dominate over Elon with trys by Julie Faye, Mel Masciarelli, LeAnne Hudson, Bri Haddad, Carly Ward, Tori Schuyler and two more conversions by Lauren Durant. The match ended with captain LeAnne Hudson scoring another try.

Coach Chelsea Renoe commented on the team’s cohesive performance, stating that she was proud of them.

"This win was a pretty good booster for us," said Renoe. "However, knowing my girls, they would have done well if we had lost.”

On Friday, Feb. 9, the Chanticleers played Queens University and fell in a hard-fought match by a score of 12-15.

Starting off, the team was shut out by Queens who scored three trys. All three conversions were missed, and the Chants trailed at the halftime break down 15-0.

The Chants came back strong during the second half with Bri Haddad scoring two trys, and Lauren completing the second conversion to finish the match 12-15.

Captain Leanne Hudson said that the team’s defense was phenomenal and was proud of the way the team played in the second half.

“We didn’t make any huge mistakes, so we really just got to go back and work on the little stuff like working as a unit and getting the ball out," said Hudson. "Overall, I’m happy with how we played.”

The team plans to work on their communication ahead of their next match against Western Carolina.

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