The Chadron State women’s rugby team competed in the March Madness Tournament at Wayne State College Saturday and Sunday.
The first game, the team played Doane College. Chadron immediately took the lead by winning the first scrum down and scored a tri by Kate Seifer, sophomore of Tryon, but failed a conversion.
A strong punt return for another tri by Dani Buckley, sophomore of Palmer, Alaska, led to another failed conversion.
The Eagles led Doane 10-0 at half time.
CSC managed to shut down Doane’s defense once again to complete another tri. The team failed the conversion by Jacy French, freshman of Ogallala, putting the score at 15-0. Within the last few minutes of the game Lindsey Wilson, sophomore of Mullen, ran through several tackles for the final tri and failed conversion of the game.
Chadron State won 20-0 over Doane. The win resulted in three injured Chadron State players.
The team, playing with three substitutes from another team, advanced to play the University of North Dakota.
Chadron State played hard but took a loss to UND 7-5.
“Playing with subs is better than playing three girls down, which we have done before,” said French. “But they didn’t know our offense which did affect our overall game play.”
The loss placed Chadron against the College of Saint Benedict, which ended in another loss since the women played missing three players and no substitutions.
The final Sunday match was against Bemidji State University.
Chadron State lost 17-0 to Bemidji.
“We played strong even when we played with only 12 girls on our final matches” French said. “We gave 110% in our first game which ended up injury three of our players, that really came back to get us in our later games.”
The team plays again at Chadron’s home field on April 9.