Glendale, Twin Cities cruise to WPL Week 2 wins

The Glendale Raptors and Twin Cities Amazons will look to continue a perfect start to the 2014 Women’s Premier League season this weekend following sizable wins against Oregon Sports Union and D.C. Furies, respectively.

BOULDER, Colo. - The Glendale Raptors and Twin Cities Amazons will look to continue a perfect start to the 2014 Women's Premier League season this weekend following sizable wins against Oregon Sports Union and D.C. Furies, respectively.

Glendale sits atop the Blue Conference as the only team among ORSU, San Diego Surfers, and Berkeley All Blues with a positive point differential, which was helped with the 64-7 win Saturday, Sept. 20. Women's Eagle Sarah Chobot and Rachel Ryan led the team with two tries each and the Raptors overcame a "slow start" to improve to 2-0 on the young season.

The Surfers did not let the loss to Glendale slow down their season, much to the dismay of Berkeley fans. The teams traded tries early, keeping the game close, but the Surfers won the race with a late try to earn a 26-22 win. Berkeley, the 2013 WPL National Championship runner-up, has had a poor start to the season with three points earned, good for fourth in the Blue Conference standings and seventh overall. The two California-based teams will host this weekend's Blue Conference matches.

Twin Cities reached the century mark in points scored with the 62-14 defeat of D.C. Furies Sunday, Sept. 21. The reigning League champion was helped along by Women's Eagles Sylvia Braaten, Amanda Kingzett, Lynelle Kugler, Kaelene Lundstrom, and USA Rugby AIG Women's Collegiate All-American Jacie Vonada, who combined for 52 of the Amazons' points.

Atlanta Harlequins denied New York Rugby its first standings points of the 2014 WPL season with a 41-5 victory. New York will not find the challenge any easier this weekend when it hosts Red Conference leaders Twin Cities Amazons, while the Harlequins will attempt to create some space between themselves and the bottom two sides of the table against D.C. Furies.


Life University traveled to New York Saturday for the 13th annual Remembrance Cup against New York Athletic Club on Travers Island in the second week of American Rugby Premiership play. Despite Men's Eagles scrum half Mike Petri dotting down in-goal in the first half and Justin Hundley accounting for 14 points, A.J. MacGinty's 17 points lifted the Running Eagles to a 32-29 win. NYAC still reigns atop the ARP table with seven points.

Boston Irish Wolfhounds hosted their second New York-based team in as many weeks Saturday as Old Blue of New York took to the pitch at the Irish Cultural Center looking for its first win of the season. Eagles Nate Augspurger and Luke Hume each scored first-half tries and the visitors went into halftime with a 22-11 lead. Old Blue stuck to the course for the final 40-minute period and earned its first ARP victory, 39-16.

The Wolfhounds will get the third week off, as Boston Rugby and Old Blue will host Life and NYAC, respectively. Visit the ARP website for kickoff times and match information.

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