PORTLAND, OR – With floor conditions troubling both teams in the initial minutes of play, both teams seemed to find their ground relatively rapidly in the first period. Jammer penalties took a solid hold through the middle of the first period of play, but lead jammer statuses were the main determiner of scoring abilities, and both teams used those to repeatedly trade game lead through the first half of play.
By the time the second half rolled around, Charlottesville had widened their differential to a point at which they seemed like they might not be beatable. But roller derby isn’t a game where very many differentials are invulnerable, and Brandywine proved as much by quietly adding in points and pushing deliberately up, minimizing the effect of jammer penalties. By the final jam, Brandywine had strategically used their time-outs and official review enough to hand themselves the space to take the final jammer lead and walk themselves into a comfortable 5 point lead by the end of the game to win 205-200.