Minnesota headed to New York on Sunday for a competitive match in some late September heat. New York came out strong, gaining possession of their own kickoff and making a number of threatening runs in the Zons 22 before a knock on turned the ball over.
Not to be outmatched, the Zons began a methodical and effective run down the field, using their forwards for picks off of rucks and eventually swinging out to the backs. Winger K. Lundstrum, who scored a total of six tries throughout the game and was a real power source for Minnesota’s offense, capitalized and scored her first try 7 minutes into the game.
Minnesota put more points on the board a few minutes later when a penalty in front of the uprights gave them an opportunity to kick for points. Fullback J. Vonada converted the kick, bringing the score up to 8-0. Shortly after, Lundstrum had another break and scored again.
New York’s forwards then made themselves known in the game when captain and lock Lacy Higgins was able to securely place the ball down in the Zons try zone after the NY pack drove off of a lineout inside the Zons 22. New York got some points on the board halfway into the first half, closing the gap in the score to 13-5.
Before the end of the half, however, the Zons scored two more tries. The first was from fly half K. Howard, who broke through New York’s back line with a shifty dummy pass and made a long sprint into the try zone. Winger Lundstrum followed this up in the last minute of the half to score her third try of the game, finishing the first half with the Zons ahead 23-5.
Both teams came out strong in the second half, but the Zons capitalized on an overload, and fullback J. Vonada scored her first try of the game, running a strike line between her outside center and wing and breaking through New York’s defense.
New York’s outside center Nicole Humphrey followed three minutes later, stealing the ball during the Zons possession and running nearly half of the field into the Zons try zone, evading a number of defenders before diving in for points. Flyhalf Mary McCarthy converted the try, bringing the score up to 12-28.
Lundstrom returned two more tries, widening the Zons lead 38-12. Then inside center S. Braaten scored and fullback Vonada converted the try. In the 67th minute of the game, Minnesota was leading 45-12.
New York then capitalized on an overload of their own, with forwards sucking in the Zons defense in their 22 and then getting a quick ball out to wing Jess Berry, who sprinted outside of Minnesota’s last defender and scored New York’s third try of the game.
Before the whistle blew, Minnesota’s prop A. Gillberg scored a try, breaking New York’s defense near the try zone, which Vonada converted, and Lundstrom scored one last try in the final play of the game with yet another quick strike through New York’s defense. Vonada converted this last try as well, making the final score of the game 59-17, Minnesota Amazons.
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