The Lady Tritons played their last season game this weekend against UC Santa Barbara. UC San Diego started off the game with a try from Teigan Macdonald and a conversion kick from Alex Beckett. The Tritons scored two more consecutive trys making the score UC San Diego 19 – UCSB 0. Santa Barbara scored a try and a conversion and UC San Diego scored two more trys and one conversion kick before the half ended leaving the score UC San Diego 31 – UCSB 7.
Santa Barbara scored the first try of the second half 54 minutes into the game. UCSB scored three more consecutive trys towards the end of the half. However UC San Diego came back and scored two trys and conversions at the end of the game making the final score was UC San Diego 45 – UCSB 32. The tritons finished the season with a 9:1 record.
University of Arizona started the game off by scoring a try within the first 10 minutes of the game. UC San Diego quickly rallied and their flyhalf Teigan Macdonald scored a try soon after. The scrumhalf Alex Beckett successfully kicked the conversion making the score U of A 5- UC San Diego 7. Arizona scored one more try and a penalty kick before the end of the half.
The score at the start of the half was UC San Diego 7 – U of A 15. The Tritons struggled the second half and the Arizona defense kept the tritons scoreless. Arizona scored 44 more points in the second half making the final score of the game 59 U of A – 7 UC San Diego.
On Saturday, February 11th, the UC San Diego Women’s Rugby team played the Arizona State University Women’s Rugby team for their last league home game. With Warren Field wet and muddy from the rain, the Tritons started the game slow and allowed ASU the first try. However, once UCSD adjusted to ASU’s strong offense runs, the Sun Devils could not score on the Triton’s defense. The Triton’s aggressive and cohesive defensive line caused many turnovers to turn into scoring opportunities. With a 40-15 win over ASU, the Tritons continue to be undefeated in league.
The Lady Tritons had a tough game against CSUN this weekend on February 4th. Teigan Macdonald scored the first try of the game and successfully kicked the conversion eight minutes into the first half. CSUN responded by scoring two trys and one conversion in the following 15 minutes making the score CSUN 12 – UC San Diego 7. Both teams scored one more time during the half.
UC San Diego started off strong the second half by scoring two trys and two conversions in the first eight minutes. CSUN rallied and scored the next two trys so the score was CSUN 29 – UC San Diego 28. After two more trys from UC San Diego and one from CSUN the final score was UC San Diego 40 – CSUN 36.
The lady Tritons played their first game of the season against UCLA this last weekend. They started off strong by scoring a try within the first five minutes of the game. UC San Diego scored 3 more times before halftime making the score UC San Diego 28 – UCLA 0. In the first ten minutes of the second half UC San Diego scored two more tries making the score 35-0. UCLA rallied and their fullback scored a try 50 minutes into the game. The lady Tritons defense remained strong and only allowed one more try for the rest of the game. The final score was UC San Diego 62 – UCLA 10.
UC San Diego Women’s Club Rugby started their 2017 Golden Coast Conference season with a win over UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, January 21st. Although the match was slow at first with multiple scrums happening back to back due to technical mistakes from both sides, the Tritons recovered quickly and scored multiple times in the first half. In the second half, the Triton covered a lot of ground on offense and defense by spread out wide and supporting each other. The final score was 57-0. With tries being score by many people and players going in and out of positions they aren’t accustomed to, it was considered a team win. The Tritons will host the next match against UCLA on Saturday, January 28th.
The Lady Tritons played their last preseason game this weekend, December 3, against CSU Long Beach. Long Beach scored the first try of the game but the Tritons quickly rallied and scored a try soon after. Alex Beckett successfully kicked the conversion point making the game 5-7 UC San Diego. Throughout the first half of the match remained close but after halftime the Tritons defense only allowed 2 trys. The final score was 38-22 UC San Diego.
Saturday, October 29, 2016 the UC San Diego Women’s Rugby team took on a tough and grueling match against the nationally ranked San Diego Surfers’ B-side team. The Surfers started off the game with two quick tries against the Tritons to set the tone. However, the Tritons maintained a positive mindset and aggressive energy that enabled them to continue fighting throughout the rest of the game. Although the great effort from the Tritons was persistent, the Tritons struggled with a size disadvantage against the nationally ranked team and the Surfers went on to score three more tries. With a couple more minutes left in the game, the Tritons were able to score one try to finish the game 27-5. Some highlights for the Tritons during Saturday’s match included numerous fantastic tackles from Rookie Sierra Senio and Vets Wing Ly, Teigan MacDonald, and Alex Beckett, as well as a try from McKenzie Bolden.
UC San Diego Women’s Club Rugby kicked off their season on Saturday, October 22nd with a win over UC Irvine. The Tritons travelled to Fullerton to play and came out strong in the first quarter by scoring the first try. With many of the rookies coming out, players were switched in and out of the game each quarter to give everyone a chance to play and try a new position. Each time the Tritons scored, UC Irvine answered back with their own try, but they were no match to the Triton’s fast offense and persistent defense. The final score was 35-22. This was a great way to start the season, and, as a predominantly rookie team, as long as the Tritons keep progressing and improving as a whole, they should have a great season.
Last weekend, April 9th and 10th, the UC San Diego Women’s Rugby team went to Davis to compete for the Western Regional National Championships. They started the weekend off by playing Chico State on Saturday. UC San Diego had a slow start to the game and Chico was the first team to score by making a penalty kick. However, the Lady Tritons rallied and ended up only losing by two points.
The next day UC San Diego played Washington State for third place in the Western Regional division. The final score of the game was Washington 43 – UCSD 12 which placed UC San Diego fourth in the Western Regional division.
This weekend, February 13th and 14th, the UC San Diego Women’s Rugby Team faced off against Arizona State University and the University of Arizona in back to back matches. The Tritons faced off against ASU first in a hard fought game. ASU set the pace of the game early and scored on the Tritons first, but UC San Diego kept their identity and kept on fighting. UC San Diego ended the game with a 35-19 win. UC San Diego faced off against U of A the day after and came out with a 50-29 win against the Wildcats. This was another tough match that only made the Tritons stronger. The UC San Diego Women’s Rugby team kept their undefeated record alive in a tiring weekend. The UC San Diego Ruggers have a bye week and are looking forward to resting for the last leg of the season.
On February 6th, the UC San Diego Women’s Rugby Team faced off against UCLA. UC San Diego was placed first and UCLA was placed second in conference ranking prior to the matchup. This match proved to legitimize UC San Diego success thus far in the season, because UCLA would be one of the tougher match-ups. However, the Tritons pulled through with a 56-5 win. The match started off a bit messy for UC San Diego, but the Tritons quickly regained their identity and broke the game open. Wing Ly, Teigan MacDonald, Di-an Duong, Jaylin Stevenson, Allie Pyle and Erika Matczenko all contributed to the score line and kicker Ciara Black converted many kicks to keep the Tritons on top. First year players also stepped up and held their own against an experienced UCLA team which came in undefeated. The team is preparing for a trip to Arizona and hope to keep their undefeated season alive.
This weekend the UC San Diego Women’s Rugby team took on CSU Northridge, a newcomer to the Division 1 bracket. The Tritons fielded many new players who played new positions—numerous starters could not play. These young players that were competing in new positions really ¬stepped up and carried a heavier load. The game was different and the lady Tritons had their first close win with a score of 26-15, after beginning the season with two blow out wins.
CSUN came out aggressive but the Tritons fought back and made a try by Di-an Duong with Jaylin Stevenson making the conversion. Sylvia Aguila followed that up with a try of her own. CSUN becoming more aggressive score their first try in the 17th minute. Ten minutes later, Wing Ly of UC San Diego scored with another conversion kick from Jaylin Stevenson. It wasn’t until the second half did anyone score again with Wing Ly and Jaylin making the conversion. With bumps and bruises on everyone, CSUN pulled out the two last tries of the game.
The Tritons hope to get all their starters back next week for their 2nd showdown against the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos, but if this past weekend was any indication, the Tritons have a deep bench to support them throughout their season.
This weekend, January 16th, the UC San Diego Women’s Rugby Club travelled to Santa Barbara for the first league game of the New Year. The team got off to a slow start within the first ten minutes, but went on to put on an offensive clinic. The UC San Diego ruggers kept UCSB out of the try zone for most of the game. The speed and intensity of UC San Diego’s offense proved to be too much to handle for the UCSB rugby team. After the first half the score was 40-0 in San Diego’s favor. UC San Diego’s backs Jaylin Stevenson, Teigan MacDonald, Di-An Duong, Alex Becket, and Sylvia Aguilar all scored at least one try each. Team Captain Erika Matczenko gave the team the first try of the game and spearheaded the team effort. During the Second half the women kept up the intensity, but let Santa Barbara into the try zone twice. The final score was 80-12 in the Tritons favor and this gave them their second league win. The UC San Diego Women’s Rugby Club will face off against CSU Northridge next and are hoping to keep their record undefeated.
On Sunday November 22, the UC San Diego Women’s Rugby Team played the Fullerton Women’s Rugby Club in a preseason match. By the end of the first quarter, Wolfpack Fullerton had 2 tries and no conversions while the Tritons had 1 try made by Wing Ly with a conversion kick by Jaylin Stevenson. Once the second quarter started, the Wolfpack was able to put another try on the board but this was quickly followed by Triton Wing Ly scoring her second try of the game with the attempted conversion kick by Maria Bellamacina.
In the third quarter, the Tritons held their own but unfortunately the Wolfpack pushed through with 2 more tries but did not make the conversions. In the last quarter, Ciara Black and McKenzie Bolden scored a try each and one conversion between the two. However, in the last 7 minutes of the game, Wolfpack was able to push themselves into the lead with one last try and making the conversion. Even after a tough fight, the Tritons came second the Fullerton with a score of 22-29.
UCSD Women’s Rugby kicked off the preseason this weekend with a friendly against CSU Long Beach. The Tritons fielded numerous first time players who helped pull in the teams first win. Rookie and first year Maria Bellamacina scored the team’s first try and put the Tritons up in the first quarter. Veteran center Jaylin Stevenson scored an overwhelming 3 tries securing a hat trick in the first game of the preseason. First year rookie Alex Beckett also added another try to the teams win. The tritons kept a formidable defensive effort for the first fifty minutes of the game and kept Long Beach scoreless for most of the game before allowing Long Beach to score 3 tries—one in the third quarter and two in the fourth. Despite Long Beach’s scores the Tritons held on and secured a 36-16 win to begin the season.
An Arizona Weekend
The Lady Tritons come into the weekend of week 9 with a double header against University of Arizona and Arizona State University. Their first game of the weekend was against UofA. They started the half strong with Teigan Macdonald scoring a try in the first 6 minutes. The Tritons kept up the pace and scored 9 more trys in the first half of the game. After being scoreless in the first half, University of Arizona came back and scored four trys. The final score was UC San Diego 70 – UofA 26.
On Sunday, the Lady Tritons had another strong start to the game with McKenzie Bolden scoring the first try of the game in the first 7 minutes. During the first half, the Tritons scored 3 more trys keeping ASU scoreless. After halftime, ASU rallied and made 2 trys making the final score UCSD 32- ASU 14.
The UC San Diego Lady Tritons are 9-0 for league play and are the number one seed for the PMRC South division playoffs. Come support the UC San Diego Women’s Rugby team on 3/26 when they play UC Berkeley to move on to USA Rugby Regional Playoffs.
February 13th and 14th: Women’s Rugby v ASU and U of A
Women’s Rugby v UCLA: February 6th
What a Start!
While everyone was gearing up for the most crucial week at UC San Diego, finals week, the UC San Diego Women’s Rugby team booted up to take on Cal State Northridge in their 2015-2016 season opener. While the exploded scrum was being assembled for opening kick, there were a lot of new lady Tritons on the field, but that did not impact the game plan nor mindset of this special group of women. Within the first 2 minutes, Tegian McDonald, the incoming rookie outside center, comes through with the first try of the regular season which followed by a kick conversion by scrumhalf, Alex Beckett. This quick try set the tone for the rest of the half with the Tritons scoring 5 more tries by Wing Ly, Maria Bellanacina, Jaylin Stevenson, Alex Beckett, and another by Teigan McDonald plus 4 conversion kicks by Alex Beckett all while the Triton’s defense kept CSUN scoreless by the half. Start of the second half UC San Diego continued to play team rugby scoring 3 more tries until, CSUN at the 67 minute mark finally made their first and last try of the game. The lady Tritons scored 2 more tries ending the game 69-5. This was a huge win for the lady Tritons and a fantastic start for their journey back to USA Rugby’s Nationals tournament.
Wolfpack Scramble to Defeat the Tritons
This past weekend the UCSD Women’s Club Rugby team put on their annual tournament, Scrum by the Sea. 16 different teams from across the nation competed in both competitive and friendly brackets. UCSD kicked off their first game of the tournament against Fresno State and won the match 36-10. The second match was against Humboldt State, where UCSD got off to a slow start, going down 7-0 after the first play of the game. Fortunately, the team swiftly took over the game and ended up winning 33-12. The win against Humboldt put UCSD into the semi-finals on Sunday morning against Humboldt State, who they played the day before. The game was physical and competitive, and the Tritons came out on top making it to the finals for the second year in a row! They went on to face UC Davis—an experienced and fast team with a different style of play. The Tritons put the first try on the board, but ended up falling 7-5. The UCSD Women’s Club Rugby team finished in second place and are looking forward to the rest of the season.
Road to Nationals
Last weekend the UC San Diego Women’s Rugby team competed against Berkeley to move on to the western regional national championships. Tritons scrumhalf Wing Ly scored the first try of the game. This was followed by a successful conversion kick from Sofia Beltran. The Tritons and Berkeley both scored trys soon after making the score UC San Diego 12 – Berkeley 5. The Tritons went on a run and scored three trys in two minutes. Berkeley rallied and scored another try and conversion before the end of the half.
The Tritons dominated the second half of the game. Their strong defensive line kept Berkeley scoreless. McKenzie Bolden got her first hat trick by scoring three consecutive trys in the half. Two more trys by Wing Ly and Di-an Duong and a conversion kick by Sofia Beltran made the final score UC San Diego 77 – Berkeley 12.
The UC San Diego Women’s Rugby team is playing against Chico at UC Davis for the Western Regional Championships on April 9.
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