Four Leafs Champions!

 

The team kicked off the spring season by traveling down to New York City to compete in the 10th Annual Four Leaf 15s Tournament, hosted by the Village Lions on Randall’s Island on March 23rd.

The team fared chilly conditions and brutal wind to take down their competition, going up against Fordham University, Swarthmore College, Temple University, and SUNY Buffalo, only allowing two tries throughout the entirety of the tournament.

BUWRFC first took on Fordham, starting their day of wins with a final score of 33-0. Alex Hubelbank (SAR ’15) touched the ball down twice, while Noel Coleman (SAR ’16), Dee Nash (SAR ’14), and Emma MacDonald (CAS ’13) made it to the try zone once each. Nash converted four of her five kicks.

Next, the team went up against Swarthmore, ending the game 36-0. Chloe Faroux (XNG ’13), Hubelbank, Coleman, Kyra Murray (SMG ’16), Paige Stathopolous (CGS ’14), and Kiera Vinson (CAS ’13) each crossed the ball into the try zone. Nash made two of her four conversions, Hubelbank made one, and Eva Ciccodicola (SAR ’15) just missed getting the ball between the posts.

When the whistle blew at the end of BU’s game against Temple, the score was 12-0, after Coleman and Kendra Lenz (CFA ’13) each scored a try. Nash converted one of her two kicks.

Lineout against Temple.

During the finals, BUWRFC ended their match against SUNY Buffalo 15-10 with Coleman and Hubelbank each scoring a try, as well as Nash successfully kicking a drop goal and getting her kick through the uprights for one of her two conversions.

The team posing with the trophy!

Congratulations on starting the season off with a win, especially all the rookies who stepped up and played with the A-side for the first time! Also, important to note that Noel Coleman scored a try each game, wonder how long she can keep that record going!

Awards:

Players of the Tournament:

(1) Noel Coleman

Hometown: Henrietta, NY

Major/School: Athletic Training/Sargent College

School Year: 2016

Why you think you won the award: “I worked really hard during the off-season and I think that really gave me the ability to step up and make some decisions and make some runs that I wouldn’t have been able to do last season.”

Anything else you want to add: “Swaggy.”

Note: She’s an honorary Hawaiian.

(2) Deanna Nash

Hometown: Grafton, NY

Major/School: Athletic Training/Sargent College

Why you think you won the award: “Finally being semi-consistent kicking for points.”

Anything else you want to add: “I pick my nose.”

 

Hitmakers

(1) Kiera Vinson

Hometown: Hotlanta, GA

Major/School: Political Science/College of Arts & Sciences

School Year: 2013

Why you think you won the award: “I stopped a girl from scoring a try by tackling her with my face…I guess you could say I wasn’t afraid to tackle a girl with a larger physique and applied all the defensive tactics we’ve learned in practice.”

Anything else you want to add: “Beast is ours.”

 

(2) Ashley Teamer

Hometown: New Orleans, LA

Major/School: Painting & Sculpture/College of Fine Arts

School Year: 2013

Why you think you won the award: “I try to commit 100% to tackles and rucks. And by commit I mean knock people out of the way.”

Anything else you want to add: “I love my team and I love rugby!”

Pre-Season Practice Schedule

Tuesday: 9:45 – 11pm at the TTC (skill focus; optional)

Thursday: 8:30 – 9:30 at the TTC (fitness focus; optional)

Sunday: 7 – 9pm at the TTC (mandatory)

 

Tentative Spring Practice Schedule

Mondays and Thursdays: 5:30 – 7am Team Practice, 7 – 7:20am Captain led fitness on Nickerson

Tuesday: Backs Practice, 9:45 – 11pm at the TTC

Thursday: Forwards Practice, 8:30 – 9:30pm at the TTC

The Daily Free Press uncovers “peculiar” sports on campus

The student-run newspaper talks about BU students using sports as a way to get involved in the community, highlighting women’s rugby as an “unusual” but rising sport within club sports.

http://dailyfreepress.com/2013/01/23/uncovering-peculiar-sports-on-campus/

2013 E-Board!

Congratulations to the newly elected e-board!

President

Ashley Donahue (SAR ’14)

Vice President

Dee Nash (SAR ’14)

Secretary

Erin Deadmon (CAS ’15)

Match Secretary

Alex Lawson (CAS ’16)

Public Relations/Fundraising

Lauren McCormack (COM ’14)

Treasurer

Izzy Zehner (COM ’14)

Social Chair

Noel Coleman (CGS ’15)

Field Secretary

Natalie Silvia (CAS ’16)

BUWRFC Fall Season Wrap Up

September 8th and 9th: Third Place in the Beantown Tournament.

September 15th: 47-5 win against Northeastern.

September 29th: 15-12 win against UMass Amherst.

October 6th: 19-3 win against UConn.

October 14th: 20-5 loss against BC.

October 20th: 77-0 loss against Norwich.

October 27th: 24-15 loss against URI.

BU goes 3-3 in league games and fourth overall in NERFU, qualifying for play-offs.

November 3rd: 75-5 loss against Norwich.

 

BU takes on Norwich during playoffs

The team traveled to Vermont, to play against Norwich for the second time this season.

BU travels to Vermont. (Photo by Ashley Teamer)

Despite the cold conditions, the effect of the playoff curse, BU came together to give everything they had against Norwich.  Throughout the entirety of the game, BUWRFC showed their unwillingness to give up, standing up to the physicality of the game and matching the speed and strength of their opponents.  Boston University celebrates being the only team to score against Norwich this season. Special recognition to Alex Hubelbank (SAR ’14) for powering through to the try zone. TERRIER PRIDE!

BU loses a tight match to URI

BU held another home game on October 27 against URI.

 

Wing Kendra Lenz (CFA ’13) started things off strong by leading BU with a big run, followed by a big kick by Alex Hubelbank (SAR ’14). URI scored their first try after a lost lineout.

UConn put a couple more points on the board after a couple handling errors were made, but 8-Man Ashley Teamer (CFA ’13) shut down UConn’s control of the ball after snagging the ball after a nearly lost lineout.  Hubelbank added a try to BU right before the half.

The second half started with URI breaking the line for a moment before fullback and captain Kiera Vinson stops them at the 5. UConn scores two more tries, then Lenz catches the ball and runs it in to the try zone. Noel Coleman (CGS ’15) adds a forward try to BU’s score.

 

The team worked hard until the last minute, but could not pull out a win.

Final score: URI 24 BU 15

 

This game wrapped up league play, making BU fourth in NERFU and heading to playoffs!

Boston University plays Norwich under the lights

The team geared up to play Norwich at 7 pm, October 20th.

The team setting up for kickoff.

BU was pumped to play under Nickerson’s field lights and ready to take on their toughest opponent.  The team kept up with Norwich’s fitness, including strong kicks from flyhalf Dee Nash (SAR ’14) that made it difficult for Norwich to catch in the air.

Boston University scrumming against Norwich.

The team may have lost 77-0, but it was not without putting up a hard fight, making powerful tackles, and slowing down Norwich’s offensive line with their hits.

BU is currently 3-2 in their league games.

Women’s Rugby Growing at Boston University

BU Today, the news and information website of Boston University, wrote an article about the development of women playing rugby at BU.

Check it out!

http://www.bu.edu/today/2012/a-league-of-their-own/

And the rivalry continues….

Boston University disappointingly lost against Boston College on October 6.

Although the scoreboard may have been in BC’s favor, BU played with an exceptional amount of unity.  From digging cleats into the muddy grass to set up for scrums to making passes and keeping strides long after being beat down by the rain, BU fought their way through.  Amira Francis (COM ’16) broke through the try line to give BU some points.

Final score: 20-5