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Sorensen Award Nominees Named

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Sorensen Award Nominees Named

The nominees for the inaugural MA Sorensen Award have been named.

This award, sponsored by the Washington Athletic Club in Seattle, Wash. in partnership with Goff Rugby Report and sanctioned by USA Rugby, is a new annual award for the best DI-level women's college rugby player in the country. A panel has selected 15 nominees, and now the college rugby players and coaches around the country can vote!

Here's how it works. College teams get together to vote as a group on who they think should win. Then they go here to record who won their vote. Every college player in America gets a voice.

1. Look at the player descriptions below

2. Meet with your team and vote on who you like best

3. Go here to record your team vote.

The top three vote-getters will be the Sorensen Award finalists, and the winner will receive his award during a gala celebration June 11 at the Washington Athletic Club on June 11, 2016.   

(Thanks to Jackie Finlan at The Rugby Breakdown for the significant work in helping profile these players.)

 

 

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Sophomore Olivia Bernadel-Huey is Stanford’s most creative, dangerous ballcarrier, whether playing in the back field or attacking around fringe as scrumhalf.

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The power-running BYU senior Jordan Gray can play either No. 8 or center and has caused defenses all sorts of problems playing either position. Her aggressive style has put her in the USA mix already.

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Known for her crunching open-field tackles, Penn State senior Meya Bizer has owned Penn State’s fullback position for years. The 7s and 15s Eagles is currently training at the Chula Vista OTC.

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Senior flanker Yejadai Dunn led Dartmouth to the Ivy League 15s title in the fall during the Big Green’s inaugural year as DI varsity program. She gained national recognition while attending National All Star Competition over the summer.

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Fifth-year senior Elizabeth Cairns is a hard-working flanker that has helped Penn State to multiple 7s and 15s national championships. She earned her first international 15s cap during the 2015 Super Series.

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Junior Gabby Cantorna is Penn State’s flyhalf and helps drive the most potent offense in the collegiate game. She was equally as important during the Junior All Americans’ two wins against the Canada U20s last summer.

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Sophomore Tess Feury has been playing high-level 7s for years and her experience and poise make a great addition to the Penn State back three. She was a great set-up player during the Junior All American series last summer as well.

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Flyhalf McKenzie Hawkins is the general to Lindenwood University’s offense, and the freshman from Tennessee served as power center during the Junior All American’s Can Am Series last summer.

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Katie Lutton is UNC’s rock, anchoring the team from No. 8 and drawing from All American camps to lead the Tar Heels in the DI Mason Dixon conference.

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Senior Saskia Morgan is a multiple-year Collegiate All American and has been Brown's most dangerous scoring threat and finisher for year. She competed with the Atavus All Stars against the Ontario Storm last summer and plays high-level 7s with programs like Scion.

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Senior lock Taylah Pipkin is versatile and dangerous enough to play flanker as well, and the work horse showcased her skill at the national level last summer against the Canada U20s.

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Hope Rogers is a Rugby World Cup veteran and her brand of aggressive, powerful play sets the standard for collegiate props in the game today.

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Junior Haley Schafer has toured with the Women’s Collegiate All Americans, and the Central Washington second row has been integral to elevating the Wildcats into a national 7s and 15s power.

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The rangy Central Washington center Nate Serevi knows how to set up her teammates and carve through the defense, skills demonstrated with the Junior All Americans against the Canada U20s and with the Collegiate All Americans at the Elite City 7s.

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Nicole Strasko brings power and finesse to Life University’s back row, and the senior helped the Collegiate All Americans to an Elite City 7s title last summer.

 

 

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