Algonquin rugby falls to Weymouth in state semifinals

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Algonquin rugby falls to Weymouth in state semifinals
Algonquin junior Niamh McLaughlin looks up after scoring her first of three tries during state semifinal game against Weymouth. (Photo/Jeff Slovin)

NORTHBOROUGH – The No. 2 Algonquin Regional High School girls rugby team concluded their season with a 60-29 loss to No. 3 Weymouth in the MIAA Girls Rugby Division 1 state semifinals on Friday, June 7.

Algonquin finished the season with an overall 5-2 record.

Weymouth jumped out to a 33-7 lead with 3 minutes left in the first half. With a try by junior Niamh McLaughlin as time expired in the first half, and a strong start to the second half, Algonquin narrowed the lead to 38-29, but the Weymouth offense took over at that point and had control for the remainder of the game.

Algonquin rugby falls to Weymouth in state semifinals
Algonquin junior Carly Gingras maneuvers thru Weymouth defenders as she carries the ball. (Photo/Jeff Slovin)

McLaughlin tallied 19 points for Algonquin, scoring 3 tries and 2 kicks. Senior captain Grace Herdman and junior Carly Gingras scored one try each.

A try in rugby, which is similar to scoring a touchdown in football, is worth 5 points, and a successful kick after a try is worth 2 points.

Algonquin rugby falls to Weymouth in state semifinals
Algonquin tries to steal the ball during a Weymouth lineout. (Photo/Jeff Slovin)

Weymouth advances to face Belmont in the state finals, which will be held at Curry College on Saturday, June 15. Belmont defeated Lincoln-Sudbury in their semifinal matchup to advance to the finals in their bracket.

Algonquin rugby falls to Weymouth in state semifinals
Algonquin and Weymouth get in formation for a scrum during the first half of the MIAA state semifinals. (Photo/Jeff Slovin)

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