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Adirondack rugby teams roll past South Burlington

May 6, 2012
By LOU REUTER - Senior Sports Writer , Lake Placid News

SARANAC LAKE - Offense, offense and more offense.

The Adirondack boys and girls U-19 rugby teams generated a whole lot of it on Sunday, April 29 in lopsided wins over South Burlington in a doubleheader played at the Spencer Boatworks pitch.

In the opening match, Kevin Morgan got the boys team going by scoring a try less than a minute into the match to lead the Barkeaters to a 43-8 victory.

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Lake Placid junior Liz Leff carries the ball for the Adirondack U19 girls team against South Burlington during Sunday’s rugby action at the Spencer Boatworks field.

Morgan, a Saranac Lake High School junior, went on to score three more trys and tacked on a pair of conversion kicks to finish with 24 points.

Saranac Lakers Lucas Atkinson and Taylor Pellerin chipped in with one try each, Eddie Kelly of Willsboro added another and Saranac Lake senior Jesse Ettinger connected on two conversion kicks in the second half to round out the scoring.

The Barkeaters held a 24-3 lead at halftime. South Burlington's scoring came on a 5-point try by Michael O'Brien and a 3-point penalty kick from Carter Fisher.

With the win, the Barkeaters evened their record at 1-1.

"The Adirondack boys put together some good rugby," South Burlington coach Kevin O'Brien said. "They were very aggressive at breaking down and strong in the rucks. I think both teams played well. There was some very physical play on both sides."

Playing their first match of the season, the Adirondack girls proved to be tough to stop as they rolled to a 49-0 win over South Burlington.

Five different players - Liz Leff, Katie Kirkby, Erin Ryan, Tara Levesque and Val McGuire - notched trys in the opening half as Adirondack raced out to a 25-0 advantage by intermission.

Kirkby, McGuire, Sheila Decker and Levesque then added single trys each in the second half and McGuire booted two conversion kicks to round out the scoring.

"Our teams took the wind out of their sails early in both games," said Sean Morgan, who is one of many experienced coaches guiding Adirondack's U-19 players. "Rucking was huge for us. It's something we've been working on since February."

The Adirondack boys and girls teams will be in action again Sunday, May 6 on the road in Vermont.



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