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We would like to extend a huge Thank-You to all of our coaches:
Kate McCabe (BUWRFC Alum!)
We most certainly could not have done it without you!
See you in a few months!
(L-R Miranda Wakimoto (Captain), Tiffani Burks, Helen Banach, Carolina Almonte, Erin Quinlan, Abby Smigelski (Captain), Chrissy Vailas)
Missing from photo: Gianna Aliberti, Angela Kitty Kung, Kiera Vinson, Melissa DiFabio, Jordan Lavy.
Final standings in NERFU D1 :
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Moving forward, the team has elected a new Executive Board for the coming Spring and Fall seasons. Congratulations to the following newly elected officers:
BUWRFC looks forward to a great Spring season and an even more competitive Fall season. Currently, a lot of planning is going into the Spring 2012 Alumni Game as well as the Fall Banquet, to be held December 9th.
Arriving late Friday night/early Saturday morning, BU made the long trek down to the Garden State to play Princeton in the first round of DI playoffs. Boston University was ranked second in NERFU DI and Princeton was second in the Ivies.
By the time BU arrived at the field, there was no green grass to be seen; no white lines; and certainly no temperatures above freezing. Warmups were kept to just the necessities, and the warming-up aspect proved a challenge. After getting tackled to the ground a few times it was clear that this was going to be a long and cold game. During the second half the snow turned to hail, making doing anything with open eyes a challenge. Scrumhalf, Melissa DiFabio (SAR ’12) had an excellent defensive game and with frozen hands, even managed to get off solid offensive passes. The last few minutes brought long (relative to the game) runs from backs Christina Vailas (COM ’12) and Jordan Lavy (CAS ’12). Despite a few cases of hypothermia, many frostbitten extremities and a few staples to the head, BU was not able to walk away with a win on the field.
The team had an extraordinarily long journey home thanks to the amount of snow, but was safely delivered back to campus very early Sunday morning. The following coaches and Athletic Trainers deserve a huge thank-you and many warm cups of coffee for braving the weather (and the team): Nicholas Hildebidle, Kate McCabe, Emily Malkin, Beth Wolfe, Nick and Kaitlyn. They not only supported the team this past weekend, but every day throughout the season. BU Rugby would be lost in the snow without them!
The loss ends the season for the Terriers; however, all is not gone. According to an outside source, this is the first time in BU Women’s Rugby history that any team has won more than one game in Divison I, and certainly the first to make it to playoffs in DI. With the only two losses of the season coming from ARMY and Princeton, BUWRFC is ready to live up to the challenge and will be ready for both teams in the Spring and Fall.
Keep on rucking, BU…
The Boston University Women had a tough schedule on the final weekend of regular season play. With Northeastern on Saturday and a makeup game with UCONN on Sunday, BUWRFC gave their minds, hearts and most certainly bodies for the team. BU finished off Northeastern 42-25 on Saturday and closed out the weekend with a 12-5 win over UCONN on Sunday. The team moves on to playoffs at Princeton next weekend.
BUWRFC put up 42 points against Northeastern on Saturday coming from six different players. Both #10 Deanna Nash (SAR ’14) and # 9 Melissa DiFabio (SAR ’12) touched down two tries each for the team while Captain Abby Smigelski (CAS ’12) and Carol Almonte (CAS ’12) added two forward tries to the mix. BU had an excellent drive in the scrums, often winning the ball from underneath Northeastern’s feet. Once the ball was out to the backs, Alex Hublebank (SAR ’14) Chrissy Vailas (COM ’12) and Kiera Vinson (CAS ’13) had an excellent series of looping eventually ending in a try for Vailas. Hublebank banked her own try as well, finishing off the team’s total of 8 tries for the game.
With a 6pm KO on Saturday and 11am KO on Sunday (in Connecticut), the team did not have much time to rest and recuperate in between. However with some Sweet cupcakes, a long walk home and a little Amityville Horror, BUWRFC managed to pull it together and win the battle vs. UCONN. Warmups were a reminder of the toll that this sport takes on your body and although everyone was sore and tired, each player put the team ahead of herself and worked hard for 80 minutes. Freshman Julia Gowesky stepped up to start in her first A-side game after an outstanding B-side game vs. NU the night before. The first 40 ended scoreless with the ball remaining in BU’s possession for the majority of the half. Both teams were quite physical, but BU clearly dominated the scrums and the majority of play. Outside center Chrissy Vailas should think about becoming a forward after holding her own in multiple rucks and Vinson had an outstanding open field tackle to save a potential try. As a whole, the pack had huge runs as well as controlling multiple short phases. Junior Ashley Teamer (CFA ’13) put her knees to work while running through player after player; Carol Almonte (CAS ’12) seemed to be everywhere on the field whether she was picking and going for a few meters, or running down the field while stiff-arming UCONN; Alex Krawczuk (CAS ’13) and Aubrey MacGill (ENG ’13) also made huge gains for BU both contributing play-saving tackles to the game and long runs.
Overall, BUWRFC had fire in their eyes and not a drop of fear for the entire weekend. The two wins should cinch second place in NERFU and the team will travel to Princeton, NJ next weekend to begin playoffs and face #2 seed in the Ivies, Princeton University.
Neither team could pull out a win on Saturday and the game ended in a 19-19 tie.
Both BU and BC came out hitting hard at Alumni Stadium yesterday. BC had solid defense and was able to capitalize on some BU mishaps in the first half. An early injury took BU’s hooker Xa Hopkins (CAS ’13) out at about 3:30 and Carol Almonte (CAS ’12) slid over from prop, bringing Aubrey MacGill (ENG ’13) into the game at tighthead. The half ended with BC up 14-7, the BU try coming from senior wing Tiff Burks (CAS ’12) and converted by flyhalf Dee Nash (CAS ’14).
BU found its stride in the 60th minute with another try by Burks and one for outside center Jordan Lavy (CAS ’12). An outright amazing kick from Nash basically on the line of touch tied the game up at 19-19. Despite some scrums within the 22 and a few runs, BU wasn’t able to pull ahead.
The physicality of the game should be good experience for BU who will be preparing for ARMY this coming weekend at home.
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Currently, the team is looking to start training at BU’s Athletic Enhancement Center (AEC) and could use all of the help we can get. The AEC provides rugby specific strength and conditioning training to the team. As we move forward in Division 1, we are working extremely hard to pool all of the amazing resources BU offers in order to dominate now and in the future.
We greatly appreciate the support of ALL of our fans, parents, friends and alumni.
The BU Women’s Rugby Football Club outscored the UMASS Women 75-5 on Sunday afternoon.
Two very early tries from the BU back line set the tone for the game. Centers Alex Hubelbank (SAR ’14) and Jordan Lavy (CAS ’12) were consistently switching and looping to find the gaps throughout the game, while Christina Vailas (COM ’12) and Kiera Vinson (CAS ’13) created amazing sideline plays. Vailas and Hublebank each put up 4 tries and Lavy added 2. Deanna Nash (CAS ’14) stepped in to fill some big shoes at flyhalf and was able to command the backs and control the game like a pro. Nash also contributed 10 points with 5 converted tries.
Captain, Abby Smigelski (CAS ’12) contributed yet another FORWARD TRY this week and was a strong presence on the field. In the scrums, Xa Hopkins (CAS ’13) had countless stolen balls and commanded a strong drive from the pack.
Overall, each player contributed great communication and vision on the field. The fan support at the game was also a factor in pumping up each player. There were many parents, friends, coaches and teammates in those stands cheering on BUWRFC. Thank you to everyone who could make it out!
Next week BU heads up the green line to face Boston College.
Keep on ruggin’ BU…
BU Women’s rugby faced Stonehill College this past weekend with an unfavorable outcome (62-12). However, in this pre-season scrimmage, the BUWRFC ruggers definitely came away on top in regards to learning opportunities and chances to improve. The team looks forward to facing UCONN (away, KO 11am) this weekend in a league match-up.
Noteable points for the weekend:
-Lock/8-Man Ashley Teamer scored her first A-side try (FORWARD TRY!)
-flyhalf Miranda Wakimoto is out with a broken leg and sprained ankle
Keep on Ruggin’ BU…