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Wayne State 2013 West Region Champ
Wayne State College - 2013 West Region Champion
Tuesday, November 12
Wayne State College Women Earn a Repeat Trip to Cherry Hill

Report by Dave Synnott

It was a cool, windy day in Wayne, Nebraska on November 3 when two teams took to the field ready to do battle for the 2013 NSCRO West Region Championship. Minnesota State Moorhead, the Minnesota Small College champion, traveled down to take on the defending NSCRO National Champion - Wayne State College. Wayne State won the inaugural Mid-America GU Small College title to earn a place in the match. With a large crowd on hand to watch at the Wayne Rugby Park, both teams did not disappoint. When the dust would settle, one team would be heading to Cherry Hill for the Nov. 23-24 National Championship. Who would it be?

Within the first 5 minutes of the match, 2012 NSCRO Championship MVP, Maggie Warrick, broke the gain line shedding two tackles for a 35m try. Kaylee Freese converted the kick to give the hosts a 7-0 lead. Moorhead would answer 8 minutes later with a try from Sydney Zenzen to make the score 7-5 in favor of the hosts. Four minutes later WSC captain, Amber Kutnink, crossed the line for a try. Freese converted the kick making the score 14-5. 10 minutes later WSC No.8, Alesha Roseberg, touched down in the corner after a 15m run set up by Julianne Wilke’s long run making the score 19-5. Moorhead would keep battling maintaining possession for long periods of time through their strong forwards. Right before half time, Kutnink was at it again. This time blocking a kick which allowed fellow flanker, Andrea Konecky, to pick up and cross the line in the corner. Minutes to go before half time, WSC Flanker Andrea Konecky was sin binned due to repeated offenses at the breakdown. The half ended with the score at 24-5, WSC.

The second half would give Moorhead the wind at their back, halting Warrick and Freese’s strong boots for WSC. Both teams had strong possessions but it was Moorhead that would strike first in the second half with a try from Elizabeth Myers. Leal slotted the kick making the score 24-12. At the 60 minute mark, Juliane Wilke broke the Moorhead line for a 45m try to push the lead to 29-12. At the 65 minute mark, Kutnink crossed the line again for her second try of the match bringing the score to 34-12. Three minutes later, Warrick would cross the line under the posts after a 40m run. Freese would slot the conversion bringing the score to 41-12. In the 76th minute, substitute Kayla Lavalais broke away for a 50m run to score in the corner bringing the score to 46-12. Wayne wasn’t done yet and in the 79th minute, Jasmine Kovacs broke free to score the final points of the match.

Due to her fantastic ball carrying and great tackles, Juliane Wilke, was awarded the NSCRO MVP Trophy.

When the dust settled, Wayne State College won 51-12 and had earned the right to take to the road en route to Cherry Hill, NJ to defend its National Championship title.