September 29th, 2019

Yale Tie Sevens Series With UPenn

Yale visited Philadelphia to play UPenn in a sevens series. Yale started slowly, conceding a try on the very first play of the game. This sparked Yale into action and they played some great rugby, moving the ball quickly into space. The pressure mounted on UPenn with Yale running in five tries and two conversions to win 29 - 12.

Tries: Maslen Ward (2), Reanna Wauer (2), Sofia Bliek

Conversions: Reanna Wauer (2)

In the second match, played only five minutes after the first match, was always going to be a tough ask for Yale’s roster. UPenn interchanged frequently ensuring they had fresh legs. However, it was Yale who struck first with a huge solo effort from Reanna Wauer who burst through defenders to score under the posts. Reanna converted their own try to take their total points haul for the day to 21. Tiredness set in for Yale which UPenn capitalized on, who went on to win the game 17-7.

Try: Reanna Wauer

Conversion: Reanna Wauer

It was a good day for Yale, winning the aggregate score 36 - 29 against strong opposition. The team now looks forward to a rest week before returning to action against Columbia on October 12th, 2019.


September 21st, 2019

Yale Lose Out in Thriller

Yale travelled to Ithaca, NY, to take on Cornell. The match was very evenly contested with lots of attacking intent from both teams. Yale’s young side scored some beautifully worked tries and worked hard for the whole match. The final score was 46-34 to Cornell. 

Tries:

Elizabeth Van Ha (2)

Maggie Kirtley

Allegra Pankratz

Maslen Ward

Sofia Bliek

Conversions:

Maggie Kirtley (2)

Yale’s next opponent is away to the University of Pennsylvania on Saturday, September 28th, 3.00pm KO


Yale Closes Out Spring Season With Two Wins

Yale hosted the University of New Haven (UNH) and Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) in the New Haven Invitational on Friday night. 

The first match of the evening was against SCSU. Yale quickly raced into the lead with a long run-in from Cassie Darrow ‘19. SCSU bounced back immediately to level the scores 5-5. Yale, who were superb in defense, wore down the SCSU attack that led to opposition mistakes. Yale, now controlling possession, scored twice more through Maslen Bode Ward ’20. SCSU fought back with a try in the last play of the game. Final score 17-10 to Yale. 

To conclude the tournament, Yale took on UNH. Yale put on an attacking masterclass, moving the ball quickly into space. The pressure mounted on UNH with Yale scoring four tries through Reanna Wauer ’20 (2 tries and 3 conversions), Allegra Pankratz ’21 and Cassie Darrow ’19. UNH scored three tries of their own with the game finishing 26 - 17 to Yale. 

It was a successful end to a great spring season. The team will return to action in September. 

Roster

Cassie Darrow ‘19

Jackie Qiu ’19

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


April 14th, 2019

Yale Take Second in Ivy Sevens Club Championship

Yale visited Harvard, hosts of the 2019 Ivy Championships. The roster was exciting yet inexperienced, with six players debuting at their first Ivy Championships.

First match of the day was against Penn. Yale got off to a flying start and settled into the intended game plan of fast rugby with lots of ball movement. The score at the half was 10-0 to Yale, with tries coming from Anna Hope Emerson ’20 and Maslen Ward ’20. Yale started the second half in a similar style with captain Reanna Wauer ’20 busting through the Penn line to score under the posts. Reanna slotted the conversion and took the lead to 17 points. Yale then started to make a few errors allowing Penn to dominate possession. The pressure mounted with Penn scoring 15 unanswered points, however, Yale held out to take the victory, 17-15.

The second match was against Cornell. Yale started slow, conceding very early in the match up. Once settled into the game, Yale asserted their dominance and played  to their strategy of playing fast rugby. Yale went on to score five tries, winning the match 25-5. 

With a place secured in the final, the next pool play match versus Columbia was an opportunity to play the less experienced players to gain valuable game time. Columbia won the contest 25-0 but it was an important step for the players who showed great determination and effort throughout. 

In the Club Championship Final, Yale again played Columbia. Yale started strongly with Reanna Wauer ‘20 breaking the Columbia defensive line to race under the post for a try. Yale then strayed from their fast game plan and quickly found themselves behind to some quick fire tries from Columbia. In the final play of the game, Yale snapped back into gear with some quick handling. Abby Davis ‘19 received the ball in the wide channels and raced 80 meters to score. It was too little too late for Yale, with Columbia winning 29-12.


April 8th, 2019

Yale edged by Fairfield in Two-Match Series

As part of the Alumni Weekend 2019 celebrations, Yale hosted Fairfield University in a two-match series. Both matches were tightly contested, with Fairfield taking the win in game one, 15-12, with a try in the very last play. In game two, Yale mounted a great comeback but ran out of time with Fairfield winning 19-15. Despite losing narrowly in both matches, the team played extremely well both in attack and defense. Yale scored some beautifully worked tries, which you can see in the video. 

Yale head to Harvard this weekend to compete in the club bracket of the Ivy Conference Sevens Tournament.

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


March 31st, 2019

Yale Split Two-Match Sevens Series with University of Hartford


Yale hosted the University of Hartford in the first sevens matchup for the 2019 spring season. On a sunny day in New Haven, Yale took to the field in the first match with a roster boasting both experience and players taking to the field for the first time. Hartford dominated the opening exchanges as they pounced on Yale’s mistakes to race out to a 17-0 lead at the half. Yale improved in the second half but handling errors stunted any momentum that was gained. Yale defended superbly, but the pressure mounted and Hartford crossed the line one more time to finish the match 24-0 winners. 

Yale re-grouped for the second match and were determined to keep possession and build into the game. The skill level and accuracy of passes increased which allowed Yale to dictate a fast pace to the game. It was Allegra Pankratz ’21, playing in her first ever match, who broke the Hartford line after a quick pass from co-captain Mara Hoplamazian ‘20 and race over 70 meters for a try. It was Jackie Qiu ’19 who scored the next try in a play she herself started. With a huge bust through the middle, Jackie offloaded to co-captain Reanna Wauer ’20 who took the ball all the way to Hartford’s 5 meter line. Reanna remained composed and popped off the floor to Amelia Linnett ’21 who neatly passed to Jackie for a great team try. The second half continued in similar fashion, with Allegra Pankratz ’21 scoring her second try with a near replica of her first. To top off a fantastic debut, Allegra Pankratz ’21 scored her third try, this time racing away from over 80 meters out. 

The final game was a seven minute development match, designed to allow both teams to play all their newer players. Hartford won 15-5, but Yale scored a beautifully worked try in the final play of the game. Sofia Bliek '21, playing in her first match, made a superb 50 meter break down the wing. From the resulting ruck, quick handling allowed for Anna-Hope Emerson ’20, also playing her first game, to sprint under the posts. 

Yale now turns attention to a two-match series with Fairfield University next weekend (4/6). This matchup is part of the wider Alumni Weekend which will see five matches from the women’s and men’s programs. 

Roster:

Jackie Qiu ’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

Lil Wenker ’22

Rachel Roberts ‘22

Sasha Carney ’22


October 2, 2018

Yale Earn Point Despite Columbia Defeat

Yale traveled to New York City and came across an improved Columbia roster. Columbia, boasting many cross-over athletes, proved tough to handle throughout the match, with Columbia taking victory 81-22. Despite the defeat, Yale, that had seven players playing only their first XV match, dug in and managed to score four tries that resulted in a well earned losing bonus point. Yale's tries were scored by Co-Captain Reanna Wauer '20 (2), Cassie Darrow '19 and Roxanne Harris '21. Debbie Dada '21 added a conversion. 

Yale now turns their attention to Princeton who are visiting New Haven on Saturday, October 6th with an 11.00am kick off.


September 24, 2018

12 Try Yale Start Strong in Ivy Opener

Yale opened their 2018 Ivy League campaign with a comprehensive 68-20 victory over University of Pennsylvania. Yale’s try scorers were Roxanne Harris ‘21 (4), Debbie Dada ‘21 (3), Jackie Qiu ‘19 (2), Amelia Linnett ‘21, Abby Davis ’19 and Reanna Wauer ‘20. Debbie added four conversions. Yale also fielded six new players who were experiencing their first Ivy League action. 

Yale now turn their attention to Columbia, in New York City, on 9/29, 12.30pm. The match will be played at the Baker Field Complex, Kraft Field at Wien Stadium (533 W 218th St, New York, NY 10034).


September 15, 2018

Valuable 7s Scrimmage with Southern

On a freezing Friday evening in New Haven, Yale and Southern competed in two 7s matches to round out the Fall season. This was a valuable experience for Yale's young team, as many players were playing 7s for the first time. The team will now turn its attention to skill development and strength and conditioning during the winter months.

Game 1: Yale 12 Southern 20

Game 2 Yale 17 Southern 17