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The Lancers women's rugby team kicked off their season Saturday when they hosted the first OCAA East tournament of the season. 
The Lancers got off to a slow start against St. Lawrence Vikings in the first game of the day. After falling behind on back to back trys in the first half, the team came out with a different energy in the second half. Fourth year veteran Cortney Wright got the Lancers on the board with her first of two try's in the tournament to add to a 19-5 decision for the Vikings. 
Next up for the home team were the Durham Lords. Having faced off against the Algonquin Thunder in their first game, the Lords already had a win under their belt and looked sharp moving into their second. The Lancers continued to show improvements in all aspects of their game, but gave up a couple good opportunities that the Lords capitalized on, leading to a final 19-0 decision. 
In their third game of the day, the Lancers took down the Fleming Knights 19-5 to for their first win of the season. Wright opened the scoring with a hard fought try to give the Lancers the edge early in the first half. Second year Lancer Hanna Fitzgerald added a try of her own and booted two successful converts before the end of the half to see the Lancers up 14-5. Fellow veteran, Taylor Lapierre scored her team's third try late in the second half to contribute to a 19-5 final.
In arguably their best performance of the day, the Lancers put up a great fight in their last game against a tough Algonquin Thunder squad. Returning players Lola Akindolire and Ava Keyzers turned in stellar performances, both showing incredible tackling abilities and toughness while Madison Kelly-Clarke scored the lone try for the Lancers. With the 15-5 loss, the Lancers finished the day with a 1-3 record but showed tremendous improvement in 4 short games. 
Next Up: OCAA Women's Rugby 7s crossover tournament hosted by Fleming College October 5-6, 2019.