WPL to face ORSU in first Nationals match-up of 2017

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Photo: Abbie Mocettini

It’s the weekend we’ve all been waiting for—WPL Nationals! The Furies will square off against Oregon Sports Union in their first match of the tournament at 12 p.m. EST today! Be sure to catch the action on The Rugby Channel.

We’ll update this post with information on Sunday’s games as soon as we have it! In the meantime, here’s the starting lineup for today’s match against ORSU:

  1. Jocelyn Richards
  2. Leni Dworkis
  3. Mikey Onwochei
  4. Kat Hanson
  5. Rian Van Nordheim
  6. Michelle Vander Ploeg
  7. Schuyler Brown
  8. Sharifa Love-Schnur
  9. Kerry Maguire
  10. Maggie Olney
  11. Kiera Johnson
  12. Amanda Hood
  13. Erica “Muck” Makar
  14. Judy Dickson
  15. Kristen “Max” Maxey

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Kickoff: WPL vs. Oregon Sports Union, 12 noon EST, Friday, Nov. 10
Location: Kino Sports Complex, 2500 E. Ajo Way, Tucson, AZ 85713

 

Come one, come all, to WPL’s last match of the season!

MATCH UPDATE: Due to weather conditions, the match has been moved to Evergreen SportsPlex,19623 Evergreen Mills Road, Leesburg, VA 20175. New kickoff: 12:15 p.m.

Coming off a competitive match against New York, WPL is raring to go in the last game of the 2017 season!

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Photo: Abbie Mocettini

While the squad did not get the W they hungered for last weekend, they stepped up the intensity, threatened the opposition and made New York work for every try they put up. Now, the Furies aim to ride this momentum into their final match before Nationals—against the Atlanta Harlequins.

Here’s the starting lineup:

  1. Jocelyn Richards
  2. Leni Dworkis
  3. Mikey Onwochei
  4. Schuyler Brown
  5. Rian Van Nordheim
  6. Michelle Vander Ploeg
  7. Patty Smith
  8. Kat Hanson
  9. Kerry Maguire
  10. Maggie Olney
  11. Erica “Muck” Makar
  12. Lauran Glover
  13. Gussie Maguire
  14. Judy Dickson
  15. Kristen “Max” Maxey

Kickoff: WPL vs. Atlanta Harlequins, 12 noon, Sunday, Nov. 5
Location: Signal Hill Park, Field #4, 9300 Signal View Drive, Manassas Park, VA

Can’t make it? Follow the game live on Twitter: @dcfuries

New York is in for a fright this Halloween weekend

MATCH UPDATE: Due to weather conditions, the match has been moved to Gunston Park, Field #2 at 1401 28th St. S, Arlington, VA 22206. New kickoff: 12:40 p.m.

With just a few short weeks left in their season, WPL will take on New York at home this weekend – their penultimate game before heading to Nationals in Tucson on Nov. 11.

DC fell to New York earlier this month in their toughest loss of the season. The Furies were hamstrung by injuries both before and during the game, but will be sending a full (and healthy) roster to Virginia on Sunday. What’s more, the Furies spent significant practice time this week running through game scenarios and prepping for the last two WPL games of the season.

Here’s the starting lineup:

  1. Jocelyn Richards
  2. Leni Dworkis
  3. Meg Foster
  4. Rian Van Nordheim
  5. Kat Hanson
  6. Michelle Vander Ploeg
  7. Patty Smith
  8. Sharifa Love (C)
  9. Kerry Maguire
  10. Maggie Olney (VC)
  11. Erica “Muck” Makar
  12. Lauran Glover
  13. Gussie Maguire
  14. Judy Dickson
  15. Kristen “Max” Maxey

Kickoff: WPL vs. NYRC, 12 noon, Sunday, Oct. 29
Location: Signal Hill Park, Field #4, 9300 Signal View Drive, Manassas Park, VA

Can’t make it? Follow the game live on Twitter: @dcfuries

Match report: D2 @ White Horse

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The Furies with an effigy to be burned at the Phoenixville Firebird Festival in December.

D2 headed to Phoenixville, PA for their last hurrah of the fall season. With the sun at their backs, the 21-woman squad went into the game hungry for a win, but ultimately fell 76-0.

The Furies spent most of the first half on their back foot, playing defense. Poor communication and disorganized launching caused the defensive line to bunch, creating the overload for the White Horse backs to exploit.

It was the last match of the fall season and it showed—the Furies lineup has been beset with injuries and illness for a few weeks, and several players had to adjust to unfamiliar positions or duties. But as the game went on, the team acclimated to each other, resulting in an exciting assault in the last 15 minutes of the first half.

A pair of rookies got their first D2 start—lock Carly Gniewek snagged a kickoff and made some great tackles, while hooker Carmen Cordova stepped up to lineouts with ease, throwing beautifully all game.

“I was really happy with how our new developing players stepped up this game. They showed a lot of skill development, which helped us in lineouts and shutting down the defense on the inside,” said Captain Brooke Branson.

It was a tough loss, but full of positives. When the support was there, the back three made important, try-saving tackles. Fullback Sami Topolski Meyerhoff inserted aggressively into the back line, while centers Emma Waite and Kelly Maranchuck ran the ball hard and controlled contact. Scrumhalf Briley Acker ran a fast game, gaining impressive ground on her penalty plays, about 30 meters per carry.

As for the forwards, lineouts were their strength, with both pods getting clean ball most of the time. Forward movements—picks and punches—were aggressive and effective. White Horse dominated the scrums and the pack was unable to counter this, but Briley proved adept at digging the ball out and swinging it out to the backs.

Wing Fiona Dore earned player of the match honors for her strong runs, intimidating defensive play and a truly thrilling cover tackle off a kick. Ten players were nominated for player of the match, the most for any game this season. The Furies play hard and they play for each other!

While the competitive season is over for D2, the squad will come together for the Furies’ B-side match against NYRC on Sunday. The team will then take a much-deserved off-season to recuperate and build on they’ve learned this fall season, and come back swinging in 2018.

D2 DC Furies vs. Phoenixville White Horse 10/21/2017

1. Brooke Branson (C)
2. Carmen Cordova
3. Jennifer Konish
4. Nora Welsh
5. Carly Gniewek
6. Miranda “Mickey” Van Dijk
7. Amirah Al Idrus
8. Amanda Bauer
9. Briley Acker
10. Nell “Biddle” Garver
11. Amanda “Finny” Fins
12. Kelly Maranchuck
13. Emma Waite
14. Fiona Dore
15. Sami Topolski Meyerhoff
16. Alex Hart
17. Liz Peralta-Reed
18. Lia Russell
19. Eli Webster
21. Alexa Couture

Coaches:
Squirrel Birashk
Kate Brown

Player of the match: Fiona Dore

Match report: WPL @ Beantown

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Photo: Colleen McCloskey

The DC Furies traveled for the last time this regular season, heading north to take on second-place Beantown.  In unseasonably warm weather, DC played under bright blue skies and a piercing sun.  For the coin toss, DC opted to have the sun at their back, with Beantown kicking.

On the opening kickoff, the Furies were penalized at the breakdown and Beantown opted to kick for touch to set up a lineout close to the tryline.  Less than two minutes into the match, Town had mauled over for a try and the Furies were down 0-5.

Penalties were troublesome all first half as the Furies struggled to adapt to the referee and a scrappy Beantown team.  Repeated infractions disrupted continuity, resulting in stymied offensive attacks and loss of territory.

The Furies were awarded a lineout inside their attacking half, but Beantown stole the overthrow and drove down the pitch to put up their second try of the match.  Beantown’s dominance at the set piece bolstered their attack throughout the match, as the Furies struggled to win clean ball.

With that said, the Furies seized opportunities to attack when they arose.  After Towns’ second try, the Furies were awarded a scrum mid-field and responded with strength.  Flyhalf Maggie Olney received clean ball from the scrum and hung a high ball over the opposing wing. Wearing number 14,  player of the match Judy Dickson recovered the kick on a clean bounce and raced untouched into the tryzone, putting the Furies back in it at 5-10.

The remaining 20 minutes of the half were a gritty back-and-forth affair, resulting in big hits, big runs, and no points for either team.  In the backs, center Lauran Glover and fullback Erica “Muck” Makar put in the hard work on defense.  In the forwards, Patty Smith and rookie Schuyler Brown dominated contact against a tough Beantown forward pack.

The second half proved difficult for the Furies once again, as Town put up a try less than 2 minutes in and finished the game off with three more unanswered tries from there and the 5-32 victory. The Furies bench didn’t let the intensity drop, and the team finished the game out fighting.

The DC Furies play top-seeded New York at home on Sunday, followed by a B-side match.

WPL DC Furies @ Beantown 10/22/2017

  1. Jocelyn Richards
  2. Mikey Onwochei
  3. Meg Foster
  4. Kat Hanson
  5. Rian Van Nordheim
  6. Schuyler Brown
  7. Patty Smith
  8. Sharifa Love (C)
  9. Kerry Maguire
  10. Maggie Olney (VC)
  11. Michelle Vander Ploeg
  12. Lauran Glover
  13. Gussie Maguire
  14. Judy Dickson
  15. Erica “Muck” Makar
  16. Alexa “Xa” Hopkins
  17. Jen “Putty” Putnam
  18. Chrissy “Goose” Grech
  19. Amanda Hood

Coaches:
Scott Delaney
Jo Bader

Tries: Dickson
Player of the Match: Booty “with the skills” Dickson