USA fullback Ashley Kmiecik might be looking ahead to the USA Women’s
National Team tour of Europe in November, but right now she’s in the middle
of a club season, trying to get the Emerald City Mudhens back in
The Mudhens can
certainly score points, but have been undone by their defense, sitting at
2-3 so far this season despite averaging over 30 points a game. On... Read More
The season began for schools from the Big 10 as eight of their women's
rugby teams got into the action this past weekend.
Penn State, led by a huge game from freshman center Brianna Troyer, who
scored two tries and was monstrous on defense all day long, beat a good
Ohio State team 70-5. Bianca Dalal kicked five conversions, Lauren Shissler
got four, and flanker Nadia Garnett... Read More
Princeton women improved to 2-0 in the Ivy League with a 34-12 defeat of
The Tigers sprinted to a 17-0 halftime lead, and despite two tries from
Harvard's wing Aniebiet Abasi, held on for the victory.
Meanwhile, Brown University, supposedly in a rebuilding year, moved to 2-0
with an impressive 10-0 victory over Dartmouth. In yet another wet day for
Brown, who... Read More
The Women’s Big Ten collegiate division starts up this weekend with all
eight participating teams in action.
Most have been playing crossover friendlies with Midwest league teams and
even each other. Notre Dame and Ohio State clashed last weekend, tying
30-30 in something of a barnburner. It wasn't a league game, however.
Here’s how the games look this weekend:
Michigan State at... Read More
Tuesday night the Iowa High School Rugby Association launched its
single-schools girls 7s league, with three teams, Valley HS, SE Polk, and
Clarke HS, playing a round-robin.
Valley won both of their games, 35-7 over Clarke and 35-21 over SE Polk, to
win the night.
"The women leading this league will methodically grow the girls game in
Iowa just like... Read More
American rugby is full of clubs that are inexorably linked to a single
coach, and in the women’s game, there are few teams that have as strong a
connection to their coach than the Minnesota Valkyries and ar Fugate.
A brilliant motivator and tactician, Fugate has been at the forefront of
American coaching for years, but she is taking a break from the Valkyries
to concentrate on her... Read More
The Atlanta Harlequins enjoyed a superb season last year, and with the
return of coach Jason Payne for his third season will be looking to surpass
their 2011 performance, when they made the nationa semifinals.
Longtime stars Heather Hale, Patty Jervey, and Tasha
Mannino-Dickson return for another go-round, and the club has added some
new talent up front.
"We are raring to go,"... Read More
USA Head Coach Ric Suggitt is planning to bring in large groups of players
to create a series of mini-tournaments at the Olympic Training
The three or
four weekends should get the USA players ready for Dubai and give Suggitt
some valuable selection footage.
This is all happening right in the meat of the Women's DI and Premier
League season. Despite this, Suggitt said... Read More
Scoring three times through rolling mauls and led by strong games from
Parisa Azgharzadeh, Carrie White, Christina Zier, and Margaret Lessman, the
Seattle Breakers defeated crosstown rivals the Emerald City Mudhens to
begin their women's DI club league campaign with a victory.
Also victorious in Competitive Region 1, which covers Washington, Oregon,
California, and Arizona, were... Read More
The women’s DI club competition really gets underway this weekend.
Two games have already been played in CR2, with Detroit beating Chicago and
Austin holding off Black Ice. But four games are on the slate this weekend,
all in the other two regions. Philadelphia travels to NOVA in CR3, and
Providence goes to Boston. Boston is led by, among others, Northeast 7s all
star Danielle... Read More