Published March 11, 2020 by Bowdoin Magazine

National Champions!

The University of New England jumped to a lead over the Bowdoin women ruggers just one minute into the National Intercollegiate Rugby Association Division III title match on November 17, 2019, at Harvard. It would be the only score for the Nor’easters.
Bowdoin Women's Rugby
Tournament MVP Safiya Osei ’21 cuts through a wave of Nor’easters.

The Polar Bears responded with four tries in the half and took complete control of the day.

Bowdoin’s defense held strong throughout the second half, and, with less than two minutes to go, scrumhalf Sara Nelson ’22 and center/flyhalf Catherine Patti ’22 served the ball wide to wing Molly Petronzio ’22, who broke multiple tackles and sprinted sixty meters for the final score of the match. Petronzio and fullback Sophia Karris ’22 both scored a pair of tries in the victory, while lock Ashlynn Autrey ’22 (12) and Patti (9) led Bowdoin’s tacklers, and prop Safiya Osei ’21 was named tournament MVP.

With their 27–5 victory, Bowdoin became the first-ever Division III champions in the newly formed National Intercollegiate Rugby Association.


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This story first appeared in the Winter 2020 issue of Bowdoin Magazine. Manage your subscription and see other stories from the magazine on the Bowdoin Magazine website.