The Division 2 Washington Furies had an inspiring return to the pitch this weekend after several bye weekends of competitive play. Carrying an 0-2 record, the team rallied around their newest branch of competition and inspired an epic 43-0 shut-out against the Maryland Stingers. It started on Friday afternoon, with an email chain from the alumnae recalling -down to the date and the song playing on the radio- the rivalry between the Furies and the Stingers of decades past. Lifetime Furies shared their moments of triumph over a team they had faced countless times, often being robbed of championship seed by the local rival. Saturday morning the women on the pitch were fueled by Fury spirit- the pride of the women in blue and gold before them and the pride of an inaugural season devoid of any wins. It was doubtful that the Stingers had had the same motivational email chain from their alumnae to even forewarn them of what was about to take place.
From the initial kick-off, the Furies dominated the pitch. The Stingers were on their heels both on offense and defense- better known to some as ‘advancing without the ball.’ Moving forward from the first kick the Furies put their long-practiced game plan to work, and with just five minutes gone they scored their first try of the game. For the next 80 minutes the Division 2 squad executed great rugby. Tries were scored by Gray O’Dwyer (8), Elske Tielens (15), Christina Animashaun (13), Tess Thorman (10), Keemi Ereme (5) and Suzanne Haggerty (9), ultimately earning a total of 43 points. Hard-hitting defense kept play out of the Furies’ half and allowed no points scored against. Captain and scrumhalf Suzanne was named Player of the Match for her poise and control that facilitated the team to victory, as well as defense-slicing, try-scoring runs. The players both on the field and on the sidelines recognized Keemi’s contributions in the game, voting her co-Player of the Match and Fan Favorite.
Furies pride radiated from the pitch as the Division 2 team walked away with their first victory and a solid shut-out over the Stingers.
On Sunday, the WPL took the field in Devens, MA to play their second match against Beantown. Their first meeting this season saw the Furies on top 19-12, a win over Beantown which the team hadn’t seen in a decade. With a windy home field advantage, Beantown came out eager to take back a win and ratcheted up the score to a final 39-0, despite a big fight from the Furies. See a full match report here.
Next week will conclude the regular season of the Premier League. The Furies will host New York in Manassas on Sunday, with the Div 2 team playing the NY B-side. The Division 2 competitive season will continue with a match against NoVa on November 2.