SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. - The Adirondack high school girls rugby team opened the season Sunday with a 17-10 victory over South Burlington, while the boys' team finished with a 10-10 tie.
The Adirondack girls team, which is made up of seven underclassmen, trailed 10-5 at halftime, then came back to dominate the second half. Adirondack scored three tries and held South Burlington scoreless. Katelyn Hewitt, Sheila Decker and Emily Barney each scored points in the half for Adirondack.
Decker also scored in the first half, scoring on a try on an eight-man pickup after a series of drives by Almelina Cecunjanin and Erin Ryan.
Adirondack’s Almelina Cecunjanin carries the ball during Sunday’s season-opening game on the road against South Burlington, Vt.
Adirondack player Kevin Morgan fights through tacklers during Sunday’s match in South Burlington.
The Adirondack boys team returns only six players from last year's team. Kevin Morgan scored two tries in the match, while Alex Donaldson dominated the line-outs. Nick Sweeney and Joe Atkinson showed off their strong rucking skills from the flank.
Adirondack rugby is open to all high school athletes in the Mountain Valley and Champlain Valley athletic conferences and currently consists of students from Saranac Lake, Lake Placid and Willsboro. Both teams practice behind Spencer Boatworks in Saranac Lake every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and are always seeking new players.