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Women College All Americans Set For All Star Weekend

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Women College All Americans Set For All Star Weekend

Azniv Nalbandian is a capped Eagle already. David Barpal photo.

GREELEY, CO. - Women’s Collegiate All-American XVs Head Coach Katie Dowty has named her match day roster to face the WPL East All Stars tomorrow, KO 5 PM MT, at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.

The match is part of Women’s All Star Week, taking place August 1st and 3rd, which will bring together four teams including the All-Americans, Women’s Premier League East & West All Stars, as well as a D1/D2 All Star team. 

On Day One, the WPL West and D1/D2 All Stars will play each other first, at 3 PM MT, followed by the All-American game. Losers from Day One will face off at 9:30 AM MT on Day Two, followed by winners from Day One at 11:30 AM MT. All matches are streamed LIVE on facebook.com/wplrugby with attendance free to all fans. 

All 26 players named to the roster will have an opportunity to see playing time. 

“The energy of the wider training squad has pushed our level of play throughout the week and made selections very competitive,” said Coach Dowty. “These players have some unique strengths that will give us the opportunity to play a very dynamic game. The experience of the WPL players will provide a great challenge - requiring sound fundamentals as well as creative and adaptive play. The All-Star Week is a wonderful opportunity for all the players involved and we are excited to see these young players show what they can do at this level.”

For years, the Women’s Collegiate All-American program has been an honor for selected athletes and an important stepping stone to the senior national team in XVs and 7s. The All-Americans rely on monetary support from the community to reduce or even completely cover assembly costs for players. 

To make a contribution to the program, please contact Chris Reed at creed@usarugby.org

STARTERS

PLAYER NAME

POSITION

COLLEGE

1. Emily Briggs

Prop

Brigham Young 

2. Elisha Fromstein

Hooker

Penn State 

3. Azniv Nalbandian

Prop

Penn State 

4. McKenna Strong

Lock

Lindenwood 

5. Jennifer Kronish

Lock

Harvard 

6. Gianna Soloman

Flanker

Penn State 

7. Allie Schrenker

Flanker

Tennessee at Chattanooga

8. Siale Alatini

No. 8 

American International 

9. Bridget Kahele

Scrumhalf

Life University

10. McKenzie Hawkins

Flyhalf

Lindenwood 

11. Adrienne Yoder

Wing

Air Force 

12. Emma Auld

Center

Virginia

13. Daisy Manoa

Center

MiraCosta College

14. Summer Harris-Jones

Wing

Life University

15. Jetta Owens

Fullback

Virginia Polytechnic Institute

 

RESERVES

 

PLAYER NAME

POSITION

COLLEGE

16. Hope Cooper

Reserve

Cal

17. Grace Martin

Reserve

Quinnipiac 

18. Veronica Overbeek

Reserve

Davenport 

19. Sophia Nieves

Reserve

Middlebury College

20. Vanessa Somoza

Reserve

Cal State Chico 

21. Diana May

Reserve

Utah Valley 

22. Dana Alimena

Reserve

Pitzer 

23. Katherine Ramage

Reserve

Dartmouth College

24. Leah Ingold

Reserve

Central Washington 

25. Caitlin Weigel

Reserve

Harvard 

26. Emily Roskopf

Reserve 

Quinnipiac 

 

WOMEN’S COLLEGIATE ALL-AMERICAN STAFF

Head Coach | Katie Dowty

Assistant Coach | Tiff Faaee

Assistant Coach | Dave Clancy

Assistant Coach | Justin Moss

Physical Performance | Stacey Bridges

Project Soar Shadow Coach | Lindey Wise

Athletic Trainer | Jade Callan

Athletic Trainer | Amie Kern

Team Manager | Annemarie Farrell

 

ALL STAR WEEK SCHEDULE
All Times Mountain | Stream LIVE on facebook.com/WPLrugby

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 1

3 PM: WPL West All-Stars vs Club D1 & D2 All-Stars

5 PM: WPL East All-Stars vs Women's Collegiate All-Americans

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 3 

9:30 AM: Losers of Thursday's matches

11:30 AM: Winners of Thursday's matches