Flashes win MAC for third straight season

Kyle Samec

The Kent State Women’s Rugby Football Club team played up to its best Sunday when they cruised past Western Michigan University 139- 0, leading to the team’s third consecutive title of the Mid-American Conference (MAC).

The Flashes (4-1, 3-0 MAC) beat the Bron- cos in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Sophomore full- back Colleen Carroll said the team meshed well together and communicated effectively.

“(We were) constantly in support of each oth- er and did a great job spreading the ball wide to our wings,” Carroll said. “We did a great job of applying pressure on defense.”

The team will play one more season in the MAC during the spring semester, then move to the Mason-Dixon Conference in the fall of 2016.

The Flashes rested several starters against the

Broncos in order to get less-experienced players more playing time, which seemed to be a non- factor as the team still played extremely well, said coach Jeff Horton.

“It was a total team effort from start to finish,” Horton said. “Every player executed our game plan as it was designed and we were fortunate to walk away with a victory.”

“We are definitely more confident playing MAC teams,” Carroll said. “And, although we were confident, you never know how a team is going to play because it’s a new season and a new team, so we still have to stay focused and play our game.”

The Flashes have their last regular season home game next week against one of the top teams in Division II women’s rugby, Davenport University. 

Kyle Samec is a sports reporter for The Kent Stater. Contact him at [email protected].