West Chester University defeated Delaware 60-0 at home on Saturday, setting a school record for most points in a game. Sophomore Giselle Gonzalez also set the single game try mark on Saturday.Although the Golden Rams spent most of the first half in Delaware?s territory, they were only up 10-0 at halftime.
Stephanie Burkhardt, freshman, gave the Golden Rams a lead halfway through the first half with a try, making the score 5-0. Just before the half, Nicole Puscian managed to squeeze out another try for the Golden Rams, making it 10-0.
However, the second half of the game proved to be more exciting. WCU scored 50 points in the second half, setting the record for points in a period.
Giselle Gonzalez scored three trys and 15 points in the second half. The three trys and 15 points were both a school record for a game and a half for a single player.
Freshman Whitney Hartshorne matched Gonzalez?s mark for points in a game. Hartshorne made five two-point conversions in the second half.
During the second half, Samantha Jackson scored a try two minutes into the period, bringing the score to 15-0. Hartshorne connected on the first of her two-point conversions of the game, bringing the lead to 17-0.
Jodi McDermott and Rachel Fink each scored a try in the second half. As time ran out, junior captain Jen Schwenk ran in for the final try of the day. Hartshorne scored her final two-point conversion of the game, pushing the final score to 60-0.
This victory over Delaware pushed the Golden Rams? record to 5-1 in the Eastern Pennsylvania Rugby Union and 5-1 overall. WCU is currently ranked 14th in the nation.
This game against Delaware was the last game of the regular season. The playoffs will be held this weekend, November 6 through 7. During the playoffs at Lehigh University, the Golden Rams are expected to enter as the top seed of the EPRU.
This is the first season as a varsity team for WCU, and they are under the leadership of Tony DeRemer. DeRemer has been the coach since 1996, when women?s rugby was a club program.
Under his leadership, the club program captured many tournament championships, as well as won several local and territorial union titles.
A team vote last spring made WCU the first NCAA Division II institution to house a varsity women?s rugby team.