KAZAN, Russian Federation – The U.S. representative side at the 2013 World University Games fell to Brazil 5-12 early Sunday morning before regrouping to come from behind to defeat Italy 17-14 with a last-second try.
Women’s Eagle Ryan Carlyle scored the only U.S. try of the opening match against Brazil. The South Americans were downed by the China 10-26 in their second match of the day.
Italy’s Sara Barattin and Marta Ferrari scored back-to-back tries in the first half of the U.S.’s second match, but Lauren Rhode made sure the Americans were on the board by the end of the half with a try in the final minute.
Women’s Eagle Sadie Anderson added another try in the first minute of the second half, which was converted by Rhode to draw the U.S. within two at 12-14. In a nail-biting final few minutes, Siera Snapp handed the U.S. the win with a try as time expired.
The U.S. will continue its Summer Universiade campaign Monday, July 15, against China at 2:06 A.M. ET and the United Kingdom at 5:40 A.M. ET.