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CWU Scores 10 Tries vs Norwich

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CWU Scores 10 Tries vs Norwich

Jenny Johnson scored two tries for Central Washington.

The East Coast varsity tour is off to a good start, as Central Washington ran up a 66-17 victory over host Norwich (2-4) today. On Sunday, the Wildcats suit up in Hamden, Conn., and will look to keep its four-game winning streak alive against Quinnipiac (5-1).

Taylor Duncan scored about six minutes in, and kicker extraordinaire Kat Long tacked on the extras. But then Norwich surged and took the lead with a converted try and penalty, 10-7.

Wildcat Cassidy Meyers secured the lead for good, running in the first of her four tries (two in each half). Long added two more conversions, and while the Cadets had the final say of the half with a converted try (21-17), CWU retained the lead into the break.

“In the first half, we were trying out some new things with different combinations,” Central Washington coach Mel Denham said to the closeness of play. “I think we may have been a little too eager to make things happen. In the second half, we adjusted to suit the weather conditions, close opportunities, and also Norwich's style of play. This helped us gain better composure, ultimately leading to more scoring opportunities.”

The second 40 was all Central Washington. All American Jenny Johnson scored a brace of tries, while Meyers added her third and fourth scores. Long added a try to her many conversions, while freshmen Mckenzie Pusch and Leah Ingold also scored.

Onto Sunday against a semi-familiar opponent. The Bobcats flew out to Ellensburg, Wash., last fall and dropped a thrilling a 22-17 game, so there's a little history there. Central Washington resembles that team from fall 2014 in terms of personnel; however, the Wildcats matured during the post-season and a summer full of All American experiences. Quinnipiac has new weapons from a year ago, and recently celebrated a 53-7 win over Brown and 19-5 victory over Life (which defeated Army 63-7 today). A good game should unfold.