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Sorensen Nominees Named - Time to Vote

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Sorensen Nominees Named - Time to Vote

MA Sorensen, left, presents the award named after her to Penn State's Hope Rogers, right. Photo Courtesy WAC.

The 2016-17 nominees for the MA Sorensen Award have been selected - now college rugby fans, players and coaches can vote for the finalists!

The Sorensen Award was created in the 2015-16 season by the Washington Athletic Club of Seattle in conjunction with Goff Rugby Report and with the support of USA Rugby. It is presented to the top DI-level Women's College Rugby Player of the season. It is named after MaryAnne Sorensen, who played for William & Mary , was a pioneer in the women's game, and helped the USA win a Women's Rugby World Cup as a prop for the Eagles in 1991. She went on to become a successful coach and anaesthesiologist, and is hugely respected in both the field of medicine and of rugby. 

Sorensen was on hand last June at the Scholz/Sorensen Awards Dinner to present the award named after her to Hope Rogers. For more on the awards presentation last year click here.

Below are the nominees created by a panel of experts from around the college game. (As of April 10, 2017, voting has closed).

(Special Thanks to Jackie Finlan at The Rugby Breakdown for helping with the nominations and the player bios)


Nicole McCullough


The longtime BYU scrumhalf is now directing the attack from flyhalf and leaning on her expertise to guide a young backline.


Asinate Serevi

The rangy, smooth-running Central Washington center is a constant attacking threat.


Cassidy Meyers

Small, scrappy, and indomitable, Meyers leads the Central Washington efforts.


Francesca Sands


The Norwich transfer is one Dartmouth's best striking options and helped the Big Green to another Ivy championship title.


Kaitlyn Broughton


The college 7s All-American is one of the most exciting ballcarriers in the game and has grown into a leadership role at Life.


Darian Lovelace


Nicole Strasko left big shoes to fill as Life's pack leader, but the loose forward is flourishing in the opportunity.


Richelle Stephens


The smooth-running Lindenwood back is already a 7s Olympian, and only getting better.


Danielle Walko Siua


No one shakes-and-bakes like this Notre Dame College back, who can play anywhere from scrumhalf to wing.


Tess Feury


A fullback who can play flyhalf, Feury can run, defend, and kick for Penn State.


Gabby Cantorna


The consummate leader, this All-American flyhalf has been at the heart of Penn State's game for four years.


Azniv Nalbandian


The MVP of the DI Elite Final last spring, this young prop is the heir apparent to former Penn State Sorensen Award Winner Hope Rogers.


Ilona Maher


The unstoppable center is the essence of NIRA champion Quinnipiac's big, fast and strong athletes.


Flora Poole


The New Zealand back became Quinnipiac's first player to score a try in every game this season.


Sydnee Watanabe


A tough, gritty center who is the backbone of the UC Davis midfield.