An emotional Senior Day for Summit High School girls’ rugby team
Special to the Daily
It was a time for honor and celebration Saturday, as the Summit High School girls’ rugby team squared up with the Northside Lady Dragons for their home finale. The day was also homecoming at Summit High, making it a Senior Day like no other at SHS Stadium.
“It was pretty emotional; some of us played here all four years … I was nervous but also super excited,” explained senior Becca Rosko.
Junior Natalie Gray opened things up early with a fantastic try — one that was followed by a try from Rosko, putting the Tigers up 12-0.
However, the Lady Dragons wouldn’t go down so easy — clamping down defensively and holding the Tigers scoreless for the next five minutes.
Junior Jodi Losch broke the drought with a try that pushed the Tigers lead to 19, which was then followed by scores from Karolina Kincinaite, Lexi Winston and Rosko — giving Summit a 40-0 lead entering into halftime.
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The five seniors were about to play their last half of rugby on their beloved home field — a thought that caused more than a few tears on the bench.
“It was kind of sad; I’ve been with together on this field with these girls since eighth grade,” said senior Meg Rose after the game, ice pack clutched to her head.
Nevertheless, the Tigers dried their eyes and continued dominating in the 2nd half, running away to a 101-0 win.
Cassidy Bargell and Rosko led Summit with three tries, while Kincinaite added two of her own, with Allyson Pothier going 14-15 on conversions for the day. Last weekend, she earned her 200th conversion point, becoming only the 12th Tiger to reach the double century mark.
However, Saturday’s game wasn’t about racking up impressive stats or exerting extreme superiority. It was a time for five seniors — who have dedicated years of their lives for the Summit rugby cause — to bask in some of the final rays of their setting high school careers.
“It was fun for the seniors; some of them played really well. Karolina doesn’t score every game, and she played really well,” said Summit head coach Karl Barth.
Though not one for nostalgia, he couldn’t deny his admiration for this year’s senior class.
“This year’s senior class was really small but really stepped up as leaders for this team. Because they’re small, their character is huge,” he explained with a wry smile.
This chapter for the 2015 Summit rugby girls may have closed, but their season is still far from over. Next weekend, the Tigers will travel to Utah, for a sevens tournament against nationally-ranked competition.
Despite blowout wins in every game thus far, Barth and Rose contend that there’s still work to be done before facing off with some of the best in the country next week.
“We’ve just got to work on keeping intensity up and keep pushing the entire game. As some of the older ones on this team, we’ve got to bring up these young players to make sure they’re ready … . We kind of let up a little bit today,” explained Rose.
“We just don’t let them have the ball that often; it’s not that our defense is that great,” said Barth modestly. “It’s been a challenge, but we’re getting dialed in a little more.”
Summit will get an exciting tune-up Wednesday, when they face off against Chaparral, at Sports Authority Field in Denver. Following the tournament, Summit will play at Palmer, Oct. 17.
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