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BEAST OF THE EAST 2011: CHAMPIONS

     On April 17, 2011 BCWRFC won the Beast of the East tournament in Rhode Island by defeating four different opponents over the course of two days.  Most impressively, they did not allow a single point to be scored against them and completely dominated the opposition. Their first match was against Catholic, who they handily defeated 30 - 0, with tries by Colleen Sinnott and Sylwia Handzel and two by Lily White. Addison Powell scored the remaining points with two conversions and two penalties. In the second match, Addison Powell scored one penalty and tries were scored by Megan Pierce & Lily White to lift BC over UVM 13 - 0.
           Sunday's games proved to be much closer contests. In a rematch of this past Fall's Plate Championship, BC faced off against Northeastern . Much of the game was spent in Northeastern's half, but regulation time ended 0 - 0. In the second sudden death overtime, BC finally prevailed when Addison Powell scored on a penalty kick, allowing the team to advance to the championship game later in the day.  Again, the team faced another opponent with a grudge, URI, who they had defeated the previous weekend. In similar fashion as the semi-final, much of the game was played in URI's end, but no tries were scored for either team. Finally, in the last play of the game, Sylwia Handzel was high-tackled, giving BC a penalty kick in the center of the field. Addison Powell once again pulled through for the team, scoring her second game-winning kick as the whistle blew for the end of the game. For the first time ever, BC became Beasts of the East.


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Megan Pierce looks to pass outside

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Stacy Reader sends ball out from the scrum

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Sylwia Handzel crashes through the Catholic defense

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BC ready to scrum against Catholic

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Jamie Seidel winning the line out

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Maddy Carignan getting the ball out, followed close by Lily White, Jamie Seidel and Sylwia Handzel

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Team celebrating making it on to Day 2

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BC rucks over

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Addison Powell takes a penalty kick for points

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Team huddle before the championship game

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Beast of the East Champions 2011

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Team with their trophy and championship hats

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Allison Holcombe, Thelma Rodrigues and Sylwia Handzel celebrating with the trophy


Photos courtesy of Sarah Hatton, Meghan Daly, Nadya Muchoney, Anna Han & Cassie Duncanson