Weekend Roundup and Looking Ahead

This past weekend BUWRFC competed in its first tournament  of the spring season. And what a way to start our sevens career. A-side won all three games and shut out the competition on our home field!  The scores for A-side were BU vs. UMass A- 14-0, BU vs. UMass B 22-0, and BU vs. Umass A 29-0.

We are very proud of this accomplishment and are excited for what this season holds. Moving forward we have a finalized schedule for the rest of the season:

March 30- Tournament @ Army

April 5- Tournament@ UNH

April 12-13- Beast of the East- Portsmouth, RI

April 27- Tournament@ Norwich

May 3-4- ACRA Nationals @ Grand Valley State University- Grand Rapids, MI

May 30- June 1- CRC’s @ PPL Park- Philadelphia, PA

We hope to see our wonderful fans at some matches in the future!

Also because we have been invited back to CRC’s this year we once again need to sell 75 two-day tickets (one day tickets also available) in order to attend. Whether you can attend the games or not, your support would very much appreciated and help us on our journey to Philly . You can buy tickets here.

Preliminary Schedule

With Spring season just around the corner, we want to let our loyal followers know when and where they will be able to see us play this season. This is just a potential schedule and not all dates are finalized and we will update with an official schedule when it’s ready.

3/22 Host Game/Tournament (10 am- 12pm)

3/29 Tournament @ Army 7’s

3/30 Possible Rookie Scrimmaging (8am- 12pm)

4/5 Tournament @ UNH

4/12-13 Beast of the East

4/16 7’s Scrimmage

4/26 Tournament @ Norwich 7’s

5/2-3 ACRA 7’s Nationals

Hope to see you at some games!

 

 

New Recruits!

Attention all new players!

We’ll be having an informational meeting on Monday, September 9th at 7pm in FitRec Room 222.

If you go up the stairs by the rock wall, the room will be at the end of the hall on the left.

- Feel free to swing by a practice and see what rugby is all about.  We’re on Nickerson Field (in West Campus) Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00pm – 11:00pm and the Track and Tennis Center (TTC – 100 Ashford St., right off Babcock St.) Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30pm – 11:00pm .

- Here’s a link for some frequently asked questions particular to our team: https://sites.google.com/site/buwrfcplaybook/for-rookies

- Other than that, if you have any questions you can direct them to our Captain, Dee Nash at dnash12@bu.edu or our Vice-Captain, Ashley Donahue at ashdon@bu.edu.

 

Look forward to meeting you all!

BUWRFC takes on CRCs in Philly!

2013-2014 Captain Announced!

Congratulations to Dee Nash (SAR ’14) for being voted as our 2013-2014 BUWRFC Captain!

 

 

End of Season Awards

The team gathered one final time to announce the End of Season awards and to say goodbye to the graduating seniors.

Introducing the 2nd Annual BUWRFC Awards:

Most Valuable Forward: The player in the pack who’s play on the field best exemplifies what we as a team want to aspire to. She works hard, executes her individual skills well and improves the level of play of the team by being on the field. The Most Valuable Forward should be a consistent A side player.

Noel Coleman

Most Valuable Back: The player in the backline who’s play on the field best exemplifies what we as a team want to aspire to. She works hard, executes her individual skills well and improves the level of play of the team by being on the field. The Most Valuable Back should be a consistent A side player.

Dee Nash

Most Improved Forward: The player in the pack who over the course of the year has most improved her game. The Most Improved Forward can be an A or B side player, a rookie or a veteran.

Celeste Hamre

Most Improved Back: The player in the backline who over the course of the year has most improved her game. The Most Improved Back can be an A or B side player, a rookie or a veteran.

Eva Ciccodiola

Rookie of the Year: The player that in their first year playing rugby has made the biggest impact on the team.

Paige Stathopolous

16th Woman: This award goes to the player who’s presence in practice and games helps make the team better as a whole. The 16th Woman does not need to be the best or flashiest player on the field. This award is an opportunity to recognize someone who is truly committed to improving herself and Boston University Women’s Rugby.

Lisa Cardone

The Terrier Award: This award goes to the player who has done the most to advance Boston University Women’s Rugby with her actions off the field. This can be through working as a member of the board, fundraising, volunteering or promoting the team.

Lauren McCormack

The Leadership Award (to be voted on by rookies only): This award is given to the veteran player who has been most helpful and supportive of new players as they learn the game of rugby.

Alex Hubelbank

The Legacy Award (to be voted on by seniors only): This award is given by the seniors to a returning (meaning freshman, sophomore or junior) player who best embodies the qualities that the seniors hope will continue to be a part of Boston University Women’s Rugby after they graduate.

Dee Nash

Bonny Johnson Award: This award is given to the player who, after the namesake, has played four years of rugby consecutively both semesters.

Aubrey MacGill

The Beast

 

A team favorite, The Beast of the East Tournament was held in Portsmouth, RI from April 20th-21st.

BU ruggers first went up against URI with new scrumhalf Alex Lawson (CAS ’16) scoring her first try for the Terriers and flyhalf Dee Nash (SAR ’14) completing her kick. Final score 7-0.

The second game faired even better with Noel Coleman (SAR ’15), Alex Hubelbank (SAR ’14) and Paige Stathopolous (CGS ’16) each scoring a try against Syracuse and Nash making two of her three kicks. Final score 19-5.

Second day of the tourney, BUWRFC played Northeastern with Coleman, Stathopolous, Lisa Cardone (CAS ’13 – her first try!), and Chloe Faroux each touching the ball down for a try. Nash made three of her four kicks for a final score of 26-7.

For the championship game, BU took on Radcliffe to an upsetting finish. Captain Kiera Vinson scored the only try with Radcliffe answering with an immediate try and clean conversion. Final score 5-7.

WE FINISHED IN SECOND PLACE!

Players of the Game:

Noel Coleman and Dee Nash

Hitmakers:

Emma MacDonald and Aubrey MacGill

Taking on Familiar Faces

This past Saturday, the team booted up to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the Women’s Rugby club at Boston University. BUWRFC played against old teammates and players from the past, challenging their own rugby knowledge.  The match fared good conditioning just a week before heading into our favorite tournament, the Beast of the East.

The team posing with alums after the game.

The team cleaned up after the match and met for a social, shared songs and memories thanks to a slideshow put together by President, Ashley Donahue.

 

Thanks for all the planning Bonnie Johnson, Ashley Donahue, and Lauren McCormack. Can’t wait until next year’s match!

The B-Line Rivalry

On April 7, BUWRFC was ready to take on Boston College on Nickerson Field for a little Terrier/Eagle rivalry. Head Coach Hildebidle encouraged each member on the team to give everything they had in this game, noting that BU had been unsuccessful in outscoring BC in the two years he’s been head coach. BUWRFC took this to heart, planted their “hate trees” and played the match they way they wanted to – by winning. Noel Coleman (second row; SAR ’16) and Aubrey MacGill (prop; ENG ’13) excelled as key factors when going into contact, barreling through defensive lines and any opposition that attempted (and failed) to get in their way. BU’s newest scrumhalf, Alex Lawson (CAS ’16) showed that hard work pays off, using her previous high school knowledge as a flanker to make it into rucks, with the assistance of flyhalf Deanna Nash (SAR ’14), who exemplified that not only forwards go into rucks. Coleman (who has kept her streak of scoring at least once each game) and Alex Hubelbank (inside center; SAR ’15) each scored twice, while Nash, Xa Hopkins (hooker; CAS ’13), Izzy Zehner (outside center; COM ’14), Paige Stathopolous (8-Man; CGS ’14) and Kiera Vinson (Captain, fullback; CAS ’13) contributed a try each. Nash made three of her right conversions through the uprights, while Hubelbank found success in her single kick. Final score: 53-5.

 

Awards:

Player of the Game:

(1) Noel Coleman, A-side

Hometown: Henrietta, NY
Major/School: Athletic Training/Sargent College
School Year: 2016
Why you think you won the award: “I didn’t stop for their defense; I took the ball and when I went down and placed the ball, I did it on my own terms.”
Anything else you want to add: “No diggity.”

(2) Natalie Silvia, B-side

Hometown: Pawtucket, RI
Major/School: Hearing and Speech Therapy/Sargent
School Year: 2016
Why you think you won the award: “I worked hard in implementing what I have been learning in practice and applying it to the game.”

Hitmaker:

(1) Aubrey MacGill

Hometown: Allentown, PA
Major/School: Statistics/CAS
School Year: 2013
Why you think you won the award: “I tackled the bejesus out of an unsuspecting BC player.”
Anything else you want to add: “I don’t know how to lift ass-side.”
*In her four years of playing, she’s only lifted in the front pod for lineouts. You can teach an old dog new tricks!
Nice work, BU!

BU takes on Tufts for a 3 Game Scrimmage

After competing in Four Leafs the week before, BUWRFC was amped to take on Tufts University on March 30th for a 3 game scrimmage held on Nickerson Field.  The first two periods were 30 minutes long, with the third being only 20. The first period consisted of A-side, while the second and third were strictly B-side.  This scrimmage was a great opportunity for new ruggers to get some playing time and a chance to have players try out new positions.

The first period was primarily played in Tufts’ half, with Alex Hubelbank (inside center; SAR ’15) scoring four times, Emma MacDonald (wing; CAS ’13) using her speed to get into the try zone twice, Noel Coleman (second row; SAR ’15) bulldozing her way for a try (she’s scored each game so far this season),and Lauren McCormack (second row; COM ’14) and Paige Stathopolous (8-man; CGS ’14) touching the ball down once each.  Flyhalf Deanna Nash (SAR ’14) made five of her nine conversions, ending the period with a final score of 60-0.

The second period fared a little differently in terms of field space.  The rookies played strong offensively, but it wasn’t enough to get the ball to the tryzone.  The final score was 0-15 Tufts.

The third period, our newest ruggers held Tufts out of our zone for a final score of 0-0.

 

Awards:

Players of the game:

(1) Celeste Hamre

Hometown: Anchorage, AK

Major/School: Psychology/Public Health, KHC/College of Arts and Sciences

School Year: 2016

Why you think you won the award: “I really stepped up training during the off season, focusing on my sprinting and upper body strength. I was getting frustrated last fall for not being able to make the hits I wanted, and after working on it for a few months, I was ready to get out there and go for it. It was really nice to see how directly my lifting and running interval routines impacted my game performance and game confidence.”

Anything else you want to add: “Meow.”

(2) Gretchen Cathcart

Hometown: Spokane, WA

Major/School: Film and TV/College of Communication

School Year: 2016

Why you think you won the award: “Because I took all my anger about Ryan Gosling taking a break from acting out on the other team.”

Anything else you want to add: “BC sucks!”

 

Keep on ruckin’, BU!