Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Reign Suffer First Defeat

Thee Toledo Reign rode a wave of optimism into Saturday's game, but unfortunately suffered their first setback of the season with a 54-12 loss to the West Michigan Mayhem.

After back-to-back wins the Reign (2-1) took a step back in their push to the playoffs with the road loss. The Mayhem (2-0) rushed out to a quick start, leading 48-6 at halftime. The Reign scored on the first offensive play of the 2nd half but the deficit proved to be too much.

"We have some serious heart on this team" said Offensive Captain Megan McKenzie. "Even though we lost this one we will get back to practice and prepare for Detroit."

Despite the loss the Reign continued to show marked improvement from last season by scoring their first points against the Mayhem since the teams began playing in 2009. The Reign rushing attack led by Erica Lipstraw (77 yards) gained 111 yards, breaking the 100-yard mark for the third time in as many games this season. Despite a rough outing on the scoreboard, the defense sacked the Mayhem quarterback three times with Amanda Coressel and Maegan Applegate leading the way with 11 tackles each. Coressel also turned in another standout performance on special teams with a 20 yard kick return average including a 55 yard return to open the 2nd half.

"We win together and we lose together" said running back Jaime Spangler. "Either way I'm lovin it and looking forward to bettering ourselves over the next two weeks and preparing for Detroit."

The Reign have a bye week this weekend ahead of a showdown at Gallagher Stadium with the Detroit Dark Angels April 30th at 7pm.

Thee Toledo Reign is a member of the Women's Football Alliance, a full-contact American football league comprised of over 60 teams across the United States and Mexico. From Florida to Oregon and from New England to California, the WFA is the largest and fastest growing league in America.

For more information, please contact Thee Toledo Reign at 419-654-5799 or email: TheeToledoReign@aol.com.

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