Tytti Kuusinen
Finnish fullback Tytti Kuusinen #6 rushed for 60 yards and 2 touchdowns in her stateside debut with the Boston Renegades on April 16, 2022. Boston defeated the D.C. Divas 69-28. © Douglas Charland

Renegades rush to victory over Divas 69-28

April 16, 2022
Mark Simón, Boston Renegades Staff

SPRINGFIELD, VA. — Boston rushers pounded out six touchdowns and Allison Cahill tossed three touchdown strikes as the Renegades bested the D.C. Divas 69-28 at The St. James in Springfield, Va. 

Finnish national Tytti Kuusinen made her long awaited stateside debut, and displayed her bruising style of rushing that makes her Europe’s top fullback. Kuusinen gained 60 yards and pushed across the goal line twice. British import Ruth Matta, a Renegade since 2019, gained 92 yards on the ground and also rushed for two spikes. The international duo proved a potent combination behind Boston’s stellar offensive line, moving the chains at will in the first half. Homegrown halfback Katie Falkowski found success in the second half, rushing for 47 yards and a touchdown. 

Quarterback Cahill rushed for a touchdown and passed for three more. Stephanie Pascual was very effective with 102 yards gained, including a 30-yard score. Adrienne Smith crossed the goal line with one of her four catches, and rookie Renate Meckl #6 impressed with 4 receptions, 74 yards, and her first career touchdown.

Boston kickers Sarah Tully and Mariette Martinez were perfect on PAT kicks converting 9 of 9 attempts. One errant snap skidded past holder Ash Beckham, resulting in a failed 2-point attempt.

Not to be outdone, Boston’s defense posted some gaudy numbers with five interceptions including a pick six. Defensive Back Tee Creech collected three interceptions, returning one to the end zone. Shannon Singletary and Chanté Bonds had the other two picks.

Renegades defenders loaded the box and effectively quieted D.C.’s rushing attack to a meager 50 yards. Boston made several tackles at or behind the line of scrimmage, including sacks by veteran linebacker Deanna Walsh and rookie linebacker Solina Pascual

D.C. was able to make some big plays in the passing game. Quarterback Jennell Thomas passed for four touchdowns, including a 60-yard bomb to Shaquanda Gainey who shined for the Divas. Gainey was hard to defend for the Boston secondary whose most experienced defensive back Briannah Gallo is recovering from injury. Lexie Floor and Logan Reynolds also made impressive touchdown receptions for D.C.

The Renegades’ (1-0) quest for a fourth consecutive WFA title continues next week at Tampa Bay to face the 1-0 Inferno who opened their season with a 76-0 walloping of the Jacksonville Dixie Blues. Last year, Boston defeated Tampa Bay in the conference championship.

After a bye week, The Divas (1-1) will face the Baltimore Nighthawks (1-1). Boston and D.C. will square off one more time in the regular season on May 24 in Boston.

Box score

The St. James, Springfield Va.1234F
Boston Renegades73520769
D.C. Divas7714028

scoring log

18:50BOSRuth Matta 28 yd ruTD (Sarah Tully kick)07
3:32DCLogan Reynolds 31 yd reTD from Jennell Thomas (Jessica Johnson kick)77
214:00BOSAllison Cahill 2 yd ruTD (Sarah Tully kick)714
10:52DCLexie Floor 36 yd reTD from Jennell Thomas (Jessica Johnson kick)1414
8:48BOSTytti Kuusinen 3 yd ruTD (Sarah Tully kick)1421
4:50BOSAdrienne Smith 15 yd reTD from Allison Cahill (Sarah Tully kick)1428
1:34BOSStephanie Pascual 30 yd reTD from Allison Cahill (Sarah Tully kick)1435
0:30BOSTytti Kuusinen 3 yd ruTD (Sarah Tully kick)1442
314:42DCShaquanda Gainey 60 yd reTD from Jennell Thomas (Lois Cook re2PT)2242
13:00BOSRuth Matta 16 yd ruTD (Sarah Tully kick)2249
10:43DCShaquanda Gainey 18 yd reTD from Jennell Thomas (2PT failed)2849
9:22BOSRenate Meckl 10 yd reTD from Allison Cahill (Sarah Tully kick)2856
BOSTee Creech 25 yd INT TD (2PT failed)2862
411:27BOSKatie Falkowski 1 yd ru TD (Mariette Martinez kick)2869

game notes

Game Day Captain: Lisa Vincent #19

Renate Meckyl #6: first career reception, first career touchdown
Solina Pascual #40: first career sack
Tytti Kuusinen #46: WFA debut

Previous game vs. opponent: Renegades 70, Divas 0. Jefferson HS, Alexandria, Va. 6/5/2021
Previous game at site: Renegades 37, Divas 32. 4/29/2019
Renegades record vs. opponent: 11-6

Odds status (Massey) :no line
Win probability (Massey) :no line

Photos: Douglas Charland

team totals

Total Plays7862
Total Yards488259
Passing Yards250209
Rushing Yards23850
First Downs2514
Third Downs9-133-12
Fourth Downs2-42-5
Fumbles Lost00
Interceptions Thrown15
Penalty Yards5966


#7 Allison Cahill253192867.86%13.33147117.11
#31 Heather Marini-311100.00%-3.000-379.17


#22 Ruth Matta92137.12820
#46 Tytti Kuusinen60134.6820
#20 Katherine Falkowski4795.22010
#7 Allison Cahill3348.31210
#31 Heather Marini313.0300
#28 Latoya Saulters331.0600


#3 Stephanie Pascual10283012.751100
#6 Renate Meckl7444718.5150
#10 Adrienne Smith5041912.5170
#11 Sarah Tully142127030
#20 Katie Falkowski1311313010
#4 Kyshani Dummott-31-3010


#23 S. Gamble369
#53 D. Walsh4481.512
#72 L. Pula3580.5
#40 S. Pascual34711
#38 K. Stone347
#32 K. Gailiunas246
#70 D. Fournier32511
#49 M. Cadet145
#4 K. Dummott224
#2 C. Glynn224
#13 S. Singletary2241
#89 C. Riggieri1340.5
#19 L. Vincent1232
#37 S. Lyons123
#74 R. Sullivan123
#36 C. Casey123
#30 E. Diette1230.5
#44 M. Sacristan-Benjet022
#81 M. Martinez022
#56 N. Gordon022
#83 J. "JJ" Seiles022
#21 C. Bonds10111
#5 T. Creech10131
#20 K. Falkowski101

Special teams

#11 Sarah Tully88100%
#81 Mariette Martinez11100%
#81 Mariette Martinez1040440.45000
#11 Sarah Tully132323200
#4 Kyshani Dumott236183600
#13 Shannon Singletary112121200
#81 Mariette Martinez100000