USA Eagle Joins Coaching Staff

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Alycia at the 2017 Rugby world Cup

Yale Rugby is delighted to announce that current national team player, Alycia Washington, will be joining the program as Assistant Coach. “Every chance to give back to the game is a gift and Yale presents the perfect opportunity to work with a dedicated group of athletes and a great coaching staff. This role with the Yale Rugby Club is a very welcome challenge and an exciting venture to further develop as a coach and part of the rugby community,” said Alycia.

Commenting on Alycia’s addition to the program, Coach Wilson enthused, “I am so pleased that Alycia is joining the program. Alycia is the perfect role model for our players as she played collegiate rugby for the University of Connecticut by joining the team with no experience and then worked her way through the pathway system. She is now a 20-capped Eagle. This wealth of experience from the grassroots level through the elite level now in our program is very special and invaluable for our student-athletes and staff.”

Alycia’s Rugby Biography

“I started playing rugby as a freshman who was looking to stay fit and make friends at the University of Connecticut. While at UCONN, I was named as a collegiate All-American and represented the US on two tour tours with the USA U20 squad. Through my involvement with club sports at UCONN, I developed a passion for campus recreation which led me to get a Master's in Sports Management at The Ohio State University. While in Ohio, I was awarded the opportunity to represent the Midwest U23 Thunderbirds on 7s and 15s tours. These experiences gave me the drive to vie for my first cap which I received in 2015. Since that super series, I have represented the US 20 times.”

Alycia’s first match with the team will be in the Ivy League clash away to Cornell on Saturday, September 21st. 

Coach Craig Works With USA U20

The USA Women’s Under 20’s have recently returned from their tour to England where they played the hosts, England, and Canada.

In the first match with England, USA managed to hold an English team, many of which play in their elite senior women’s league, to 22-0 at half time. The pressure mounted in the second half with England taking a 60-0 victory. Commenting on the game, Craig saw the positives, “despite the one-sided score line, the game was extremely physical and we made England work for their points. I am so proud of how the players stuck at it and never gave in. Our players have simply never experienced such relentless pressure. The challenge for us now is to replicate that intensity in our environments back in the US.”

The second match was against an extremely physical Canadian side, who took the victory 24-7. “This was a really, really tough game. Defensively, we did our homework and stunted Canada’s abrasive attack. We created many scoring opportunities in attack but our precision was off with points beckoning. Overall, this tour has been invaluable to our development. It’s highlighted that the college game is producing rugby players that can compete internationally. The next step is creating more intense environments domestically to ensure the next crop of USA players are prepared for international rugby.”

Coach Craig returns to Yale, where preparation for the fall season will begin.

2019/20 Captains and Board Announcement

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L-R: Maslen, Reanna, Mara and Sofia

The current roster has voted in the new board for the 2019/20 season. The program is excited to announce that Maslen Bode Ward ‘20 and Sofia Bliek ’21 will be the programs new co-captains. The club would like to extend its full gratitude to outgoing captains Reanna Wauer ’20 and Mara Hoplamazian ’20. Coach Craig is full of praise for Reanna and Mara, “The current feeling in the program is at an all-time high. The players play with a huge smile on their face but are not afraid to dig deep and push each other. This is a direct reflection of Reanna and Mara’s leadership. I have personally learned so much from these outstanding leaders and I cannot thank them enough for the effort and pride they put into the role.”

On reflection of their time as co-captains, Reanna and Mara commented, “It has been an honor and a pleasure serving this team as captains for the 2018-2019 season. We’ve had the privilege of watching Yale Women’s Rugby grow and mature, and bring new players into the fold. Though we encountered the setbacks a young and fresh team is bound to encounter, each of us emerged from the year better players and fuller people. We are grateful to have led such a motivated team and such a supportive community. We are delighted to pass down leadership onto Maslen Bode Ward and Sofia Bliek as captains for the 2019-2020 season.”

The full 2019/20 board:

Captains

Maslen Bode Ward ‘20

Sofia Bliek ‘21

Recruitment Chairs

Allegra Pankratz ‘21

Angela Higuera ‘22

Social Chairs

Mara Hoplamazian ‘20

Anna Hope Emerson ’20

Lil Wenker ‘22

Treasurer

Rachel Roberts ‘22

Senior Night and 2018/19 Award Winners

To round off the season, Yale celebrated the Class of 2019 and presented the player awards. 

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From left to right:

Player of the Year: Reanna Wauer ’20

Teammate of the Year: Jackie Qiu ‘19

Rookie of the Year: Sofia Bliek ’21


The team also thanked the outgoing seniors, who have represented the program with distinction. The seniors (from left to right) Lily Wu, Michelle Jones, Jackie Qiu and SGH, were presented with their Alumni Jerseys. Abagail Davis was unable to attend the event.

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Reanna and Maslen Earn Place on All-Ivy Sevens Roster

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Congratulations to Co-Captain Reanna Wauer ‘20 and Maslen Bode Ward ’20 for being selected in the 2019 All Ivy Sevens Team! 

Full Roster

Michele Feely ’19 Columbia

Emily Reed ’19 Columbia

Jana Jaran ‘22 Columbia

Deena Soville ’20 Cornell

Annika Gerlach ’22 Cornell

Haylee Calabrese ’21 Cornell

Mikayla Angel ’21 Penn

Coco Wallace ’21 Princeton

Sydney Hsu ’21 Princeton

Kate Denner ’19 Princeton

Keren Kabambi ’19 Princeton

Renna Wauer ’20 Yale

Maslen Bode Ward ’20 Yale

Yale Live on ESPN+

The 2019 Ivy Sevens Championships, hosted by Harvard, will be televised on ESPN+. Yale will be the first game of the tournament at 9.00am, where the team will take on Penn. 

Televised matches:

9.00am Yale vs Penn

11.00am Yale vs Cornell 

1.40pm Yale vs Columbia

4.40pm Final


You can see all the action at the following link:

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Roster:

Cassie Darrow ’19

Jackie Qiu ’19

Abagail Davis ’19 

Anna-Hope Emmerson ’20

Mara Hoplamazian ’20 (Co-Captain)

Maslen Ward ’20 

Reanna Wauer ’20 (Co-Captain)

Allegra Pankratz ‘21

Amelia Linnett ’21

Nat Irwin ‘21

Sofia Bliek ’21

Angela Higuera ‘22

Rachel Roberts ‘22

Sasha Carney ’22

Student-Athletes Named in 2018 Academic All-Ivy Team

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Yale Women’s Rugby is proud to announce that the program has four student-athletes named in the 2018 Academic All-Ivy Team. To qualify, student-athletes must maintain a 3.7 GPA or above and played at least two Ivy League matches.

Reanna Wauer '20 (Co-captain)

Sarah Mele '20

Amelia Linett '21

Angela Higuera '21 

For the full list, visit the official Ivy Rugby Conference website, https://www.ivyrugby.com/news/womens-2018-academic-all-ivy-team

Alumni Weekend 2019, April 5 & 6

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This special weekend, open to alumni, friends and family, is our opportunity to celebrate all things Yale Women’s Rugby! All events are designed to allow alumni to re-connect with old team mates as well as make new friends. Not only will this be a great socializing event, the undergraduate team will also be in action versus Fairfield University in a sevens series. Final event itinerary to follow shortly.

Spring Sevens Schedule

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We are pleased to announce the final scheduled matches for the spring sevens season. First up, Yale will play the University of Hartford on March 30th in New Haven. This will be the first time in many years that these two teams have played each other. The following weekend, April 6th, Yale will host Fairfield University, which also doubles up as the Alumni Weekend Celebration. On April 13th, the team travels to Harvard for the 2019 Ivy Sevens Championship. The season concludes with a Friday night match-up with friendly rivals, Southern Connecticut State University. This final game will allow the team to thank our outgoing seniors for their contribution to Yale Rugby. 

Coach Craig, when discussing the sevens schedule, commented, “This is an exciting spring for the team. Three of the four match-ups are against Connecticut teams. The spring is a great time to build connections and play against local universities and I cannot wait to see how we fair against three great programs.” Commenting on the Ivy Sevens Championship, “It is always special playing against Ivy opponents. In the fifteens format, you have Dartmouth who are the NCAA National Champions, Harvard, the Ivy League champions and Brown, a formidable NCAA team. These strengths are sure to carry over into their sevens teams as well. Then you add into the mix the remaining club teams, that are all extremely competitive, it makes the championship a tough tournament. We would not want it any other way!”

The team is currently undergoing an intensive winter training schedule, involving skill development and strength and conditioning, lead by the Yale varsity strength coaches. 


Coach Craig Works With USA U19s

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Coach Craig has recently returned from coaching the USA U19 All Americans, at the Elite Athlete Training Center in Chula Vista, CA. Craig commented on his time in camp, “It was such a pleasure to be working with the talented and hard working group of players that assembled for this camp. Each player was extremely coachable and had a strong skillset, which is testament to their high-school and college coaches. The final game, which was an internal matchup, really demonstrated how exciting the next generation of Eagles are and I have no doubt these players will contribute to a successful national team in the future.”

Coach Craig now turns his attention back to Yale, who will be starting the New Year with an intense winter conditioning and skill development phase in preparation for the spring season.


Coach Craig Joins USA Women's National Team Staff

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Head Coach, Craig Wilson, will join up with the USA National Team for the historic test match with the New Zealand Black Ferns at Soldier Field, Chicago on November 3rd. Coach Craig’s primary role will be supporting the players and coaches as a Performance Analyst. When asked about his involvement, Coach Craig commented, “First and foremost, it is a huge honor to be invited to this assembly. It is a very important time for the national team as this is essentially the start of the journey towards the Rugby World Cup in 2021. I can’t wait to get into camp and play my part in establishing the women’s national team as one of the top teams in the world.”

Coach Craig will also continue his role in developing future Eagles as a coach for the High School All-Americans and Junior All-Americans when they assemble in San Diego in December. Coach Craig added, “This is a very exciting age-group to work with as this is where future national team players are nurtured. To have a successful national team, good habits must be established early in young players. It is a privilege to be entrusted with this coaching role”. Coach Craig continued, “I am very thankful to YWRFC and the wider Yale Rugby Program for providing a structure for me to continue to develop as a coach. I will be representing Yale with pride whilst with the national team and will bring back my experiences to better serve our program.”