Raptors escape second consecutive loss, remain WPL Blue Conference leaders

The Glendale Raptors bounced back from their first loss of the 2014 Women’s Premier League season with a hard-fought win against Oregon Sports Union Saturday, Oct. 4.

Thanks to three wins from their first three matches, the Raptors were not unseated from the top of the Blue Conference table after they lost to Berkeley All Blues last weekend. ORSU, however, had Glendale in the crosshairs and could have closed the gap with a win in Colorado Saturday.

Women’s Eagle Hannah Stolba dotted down in the fifth minute and converted the try for a 7-0 Raptors lead. ORSU replied with a try five minutes later, but Glendale scored another 16 points to take a strong, 23-7 lead into the half.

A quick try from Taryn Brennan extended Glendale’s advantage but the Raptors failed to put more points on the board in the remaining 35 minutes of the match. Three tries from ORSU threatened the leaders’ place atop the table, but Glendale held on for the 28-24 win.

The other six WPL teams took the weekend off and will continue Week 4 play with Berkeley and San Diego Surfers set for an all-California clash Saturday, Oct. 11. In the team’s first meeting, the Surfers emerged victorious. Blue Conference leaders Twin Cities Amazons will head to the nation’s capital for a rematch with DC Furies and New York Rugby will hope to get its first win of the season against Atlanta Harlequins.

More information on the WPL can be found here.

Men’s Eagle Mike Petri continued his scoring streak with New York Athletic Club as the visitors from New York handed Boston Rugby its second loss of the inaugural American Rugby Premiership season Saturday.

The first half would have been scoreless had it not been for a penalty kick from the home side. Another penalty kick at the beginning of the second half gave Boston a 6-0 lead, but Petri kicked a drop goal to draw his team within three.

Three tries in the span of 15 minutes at the end of the match secured a win for NYAC, whose only loss in four matches was at the hands of the Life Running Eagles. Chris Baumann and Kyle Granby dotted down for NYAC, while Petri’s second-half try gives him 16 points on the young season.

Life moved to 3-0 with a comprehensive victory against the Boston Irish Wolfhounds at the Marietta, Ga., college campus. The home team scored 10 tries, converting eight of them, for a 69-13 win. With one match in hand, Life could overtake NYAC in the league standings depending on their performance against when the league finishes fall play.

The ARP will take a two-weekend break with the IRB Americas Rugby Championship scheduled to take place in Langford, British Columbia, from Oct. 11-19. The two Boston teams will meet Saturday, Oct. 25, and Old Blue of New York will head to Georgia to take on Life before the league shuts down until the spring.

For full ARP standings and schedules, visit the league’s website.