Summit Rugby to face rival Littleton |

Summit Rugby to face rival Littleton

BOULDER – Girls rugby scores don’t often reach the higher portion of the double digits, but the Summit Girls Rugby Club found a way put some serious points on the board last weekend.

Summit’s 79-0 slaughter of Boulder last Saturday boosted the team’s confidence significantly, and just in time for its game against first-place Littleton today at Rainbow Park in Silverthorne.

“It gave them a lot of confidence, definitely,” said Summit coach Karl Barth. “But we’ve spent a lot of time talking about reality at practice this week.”

Wendy da Costa Miranda was the high scorer for Summit last weekend, scoring four of the team’s 13 tries. Tori Pearson had three, Kate Orlin two and Julie Wallace, Jara Johnson, Tracy Church and Mallory Ives had one each. Erin Neilsen was responsible for seven conversions.

“We haven’t won by that much in a while,” Barth said. “It was a bigger margin than usual, but (Boulder’s) team is young, and I think we found the groove. We’re starting to get some really good confidence with the game, and a win like that helped our young players.”

Summit, with a 2-1 record, is in fourth place in Colorado’s Division I, having lost to East High School in Denver earlier this season.

Nearly half of Summit’s team consists of freshmen and sophomores, but Barth said the new players are beginning to do their part on the field.

“A lot of people came close (to scoring),” he said. “It was fun to watch the young backs move the ball a bit, catching it on the move and that sort of thing. Our forwards were far superior (to Boulder’s). They have a good, “we’re-going-to-finish-anyone-off’ attitude.”

Summit might not have such an easy time finishing off Littleton today. Littleton, along with second-place Fort Collins – which also plays in Silverthorne today – is undefeated and is Summit’s long-standing rival.

“We should finish in the top three,” Barth said. “Littleton has some national-team players and three of the top four scorers in the state. My impression is that it will be the team to beat.”

As part of the longtime rivalry, the winner of the Summit-

Littleton showdown traditionally keeps the prized old rugby ball, which Littleton is currently harboring after defeating Summit last season. Today’s game begins at 10:30 a.m. at Rainbow Park.

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