Summit ruggers get two road wins |

Summit ruggers get two road wins


DENVER – Finishing with a flurry, the Summit U-19 Girls Rugby Club won two of three matches over the weekend to wrap up its regular season in solid shape going into the state playoffs this week.The Tigers opened their three-match stretch by walloping Cherry Creek 30-5 on Friday. Creek jumped out to a 5-0 lead early on, but it was all Summit from there. Lea Taylor scored three tries and Jozy Gessner added one, leading the way for the Tigers. Kyle Armstrong, fresh off being named to the U-19 national team the previous week, booted two penalty kicks and two conversions.The Tigers followed that victory with a Saturday shutout of rival Littleton, whom Summit was supposed to face at home last week but did not because of inclement weather. Melissa Griffith scored the match’s only points, as the Tigers won 5-0.In the final contest of the weekend, Summit hung tough with No. 1 Fort Collins on Saturday afternoon, but succumbed 27-5 in the end. Coach Karl Barth said he rested his top three scorers and instead went with younger players against a team that has not lost in more than two years.Morgan Foote scored Summit’s points with a first-half try, helping the Tigers enter the break down just 10-5.”We dominated the first half of the first half,” Barth said. “It was great.”Overall, the coach said, Summit is playing much better on defense, which should help as the Tigers get set to enter postseason play as the No. 3 or 4 seed in the league. Summit finished 4-3-1 overall, and 4-1-1 in league play.”We’re feeling pretty good,” Barth said. “Really starting to find a groove right now, young players and old alike.”Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13630, or at

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