Learning Together

“The goal is not to be better than the other woman, but to be better than your previous self.”

The mentality of improving every time you step on the pitch or show up to the triangle for practice is a constant theme with AUWRFC this season. As a largely young team with most players having less than a year of experience, we are constantly learning and growing as a team. Last weeks game against Navy was a great start to that growth.

Many of our players were in new positions, with forwards switching into the back line and backs debuting with the forward pack. Despite the heat, everyone stepped out onto the pitch and gave it their all-tackling hard, scrumming low, passing accurately, and keeping up the intensity. Although we did not finish with the outcome we had hoped, we all walked away a better rugger than when they stepped out onto the pitch and are looking forward to taking all we have learned into our game against VCU this weekend.


Fall 2016 Game Schedule

Fall 2016 American University Women’s Rugby Game Schedule 

September 10, 2016

Navy (Away @Navy; KO TBA)

September 17, 2016

 VCU (Home @Burning Tree Elementary School; KO 9am)

September 24, 2016

Georgetown (Home @Burning Tree Elementary School; KO 9am)

October 1, 2016

George Washington (Away @GW Mount Vernon Campus; KO 9am)

October 8, 2016

 George Mason (Away @Mason; KO TBA)

October 15, 2016

 Towson (Home @Burning Tree Elementary School; KO 9am)

October 22, 2016

Catholic (Home @Burning Tree Elementary School; KO 9am)

Note: All home games will be played at Burning Tree Elementary School in Bethesda, Maryland.

Let the games begin!

Start College off Right, Join AUWRFC!

Starting college in a few weeks and looking for a fun and easy  way to get involved on campus? Already been at AU for a year or two, but looking to branch out? Spending a semester/year at AU as an exchange student and want to meet an amazing group of young women? Played soccer since pre-school and ready for a change? Never played a sport and decided this is the year? Just want to hang out with some incredibly awesome people, and learn about an amazing sport?

Regardless of your situation or reason, the answer is always JOIN AUWRFC! No experience necessary! Just attend one of our info sessions listed below, and learn how you can make these awesome people your teammates!

Still have questions? Reach out to our fabulous Rookie Mama, Sophie Black! Sophie is ready to help you get involved with rugby here at AU and so excited to do it. Here is what she had to say about her position:

“When I found out I was going to be rookie mama, I was so excited. To me, this was a chance to continue our momentum, and shape the future of American University Women’s Rugby, an organization that has given so much to me in only a year. What’s even more exciting, is that being a sophomore, I was just in the position that the rookies will be in now, allowing me to relate and guide them through every step of joining our team and rugby family. I can’t wait to meet our new rookies and teach them how to fly high like an eagle!”

AUWRFC's 2016-2017 Rookie Mama, Sophie Black
AUWRFC’s 2016-2017 Rookie Mama, Sophie Black

Want to learn more? We will be hosting information sessions during the  first week of classes about how to get involved. The meetings are on August 30 (Tuesday), August 31 (Wednesday), and September 1 (Thursday), all at 8 pm on the SIS stairs. Feel free to also email Sophie at sb1461a@student.american.edu with questions/for more info! You can also fill out the contact form to get added to our email listserve to stay up-to-date on practices and games. Hope to see you at a session and out on the pitch later this fall!

Tournament Season: Cherry Blossom & Ruggerfest

The past few weeks have involved a great deal of rugby for AUWRFC. First we played in DC’s annual Cherry Blossom Rugby Tournament, where we went 2-2 over the course of two days. We faced tough competition from the teams we played but left everything we had on the field. For Cherry Blossom, our woman of the tournament was Kat, who played effectively on both defense and offense and acted as a strong leader for her teammates.

After an off week in between, we spent last weekend playing at the DC Furies’ Ruggerfest Tournament. We spent the tournament surrounded by other talented, hard working women’s teams from the DC area and beyond. While the final record for Ruggerfest was 1-2, we came together as a team and showed not only our capabilities as rugby players, but an abundance of character in the face of frustration.

Last weekend, there were a number of players who deserved to be named woman of the tournament: Caitlin, Nicole, Molly Bean, and Steph, for their impressive play, and Tashell for her character and positivity on the field. However, woman of the tournament goes to our captains, Kelly and Nugget. They demonstrated true AUWRFC character and led their teammates both with their voices and by example.

With both tournaments over, we have completed the competitive part of our spring season. We’ll be going out in style with our final match of the season: the 20th Anniversary Alumni Game!

Gaining Momentum: AU vs. UMD 49-29

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This weekend’s match was a tough, hard-fought win against UMD at their home field. A focus point of last week’s practices was defense: spreading the line out wide, getting people into touch, and overall communication. We certainly improved on this front and it showed clearly in Saturday’s game. Stronger defense paired with more efficient offensive play contributed to our success this weekend.

Woman of the match this game goes to one of our spring rookies, Nicole, who played impressive rugby both offensively and defensively in only her second game ever. She scored two tries and took what she learned at practice the previous week to force a number of UMD players on breakaways into touch, saving a number of tries for our team.

Coming up next weekend is the Washington RFC’s annual Cherry Blossom Tournament. After this week’s 80 minutes of hard work and determination (followed by an equally exhausting 30 minute B-side), we’re ready to spend the whole weekend playing strong, effective AU rugby.

A Hell of a Match

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While Saturday’s game against Mary Washington didn’t result in a win on the books, it was a game that made us proud to be on AUWRFC. The team played our best rugby for 80 full minutes and left everything we had on the field, resulting in what our referee for the day referred to as “a hell of a match.”

The forward pack showed great support and communication and had consistently powerful scrums throughout the game. For most of our spring rookies who came on Saturday, it was their first ever game of rugby, and each of them made positive contributions during their time on the field. Our woman of the match this game was Siena, who showed equally fantastic offensive and defensive play.

As a team, we are incredibly proud of how we played and will continue to show what we are capable of as the season goes on.

AU Faces GW in Spring Break Scrimmage

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Last Saturday, we ended spring break with a successful scrimmage against GW. Despite low numbers on both sides, both teams were in high spirits and gave their all in a game that ended with a 65-29 win for AU.

AU showed great offensive continuity in the forward pack, and the back line secured a number of breakaway tries through GW’s defense. Even with some newer players and a lot of people playing out of position, we overcame all of the day’s obstacles and showed our strengths as a team.

Next week, we’ll work on setting a solid defensive line so we can come up strong in our game against Mary Washington.