Dressed in Acadia red, a pair of Islanders returned to their old stomping grounds and put on a show, as the Axewomen took down the UPEI Panthers 57-12 Saturday afternoon.
Alysha Corrigan – who made a name for herself as a member of the Panthers – led the way with 15 points on a try and five conversions, while Tignish native and rookie Tori Hogan recorded two tries and a conversion for 12 points.
"It's definitely hard coming back here, I spent four years on this field," Corrigan said. "It brings back a lot of good memories and playing against the girls is hard, but at the end of the day we're all still friends and they know what's best for me."
Corrigan did most of the damage in the first half, scoring 13 of the team's 33 points. Bailey Dembicki, Kathleen Curran, Laura Pfleiderer and Hogan also added tries in the opening half.
While she was excited to make her return to the Island, Hogan also admitted it was bittersweet.
"It's great to see some familiar faces, but then you look up and you're about to hit one of your best friends."
Looking ahead at rival school St. FX, the Axewomen worked on elements of their game to get an edge in next weekend's anticipated match.
"We're trying to work on our chop tackles right now. When we play bigger teams like St. FX, we have to work on getting lower on our tackles," said Hogan, who was named Subway Player of the Game. "We're also working on our line speed. We could've got the ball out a little bit wider, but I think it's coming along well."
After getting shutout in the first 40 minutes, LaBoyne's team showed life in the second half, where Lauren Sheidow and birthday girl Anneke Dykerman found the try line for back-to-back scores. That cut to the lead to 40-12 before Acadia closed it out 57-12.
The Panthers play their final regular season game at home against the Saint Mary's Huskies on Oct. 13 at 2 p.m.
Submitted by Thomas Becker, UPEI Athletics Communications Office