Sorensen Award News
It's that time again, as we start to think who might be the top college rugby players in the country.
That would be the Rudy Scholz Award for men and the MA Sorensen Award for women. The awards are selected by a combination of fan voting, coach voting, and a panel of experts.
Dartmouth College center Emily Henrich, already capped by the USA as a freshman, has won the MA Sorensen Award as the top women’s college player of 2018-19.
Henrich, who earned her first USA cap in November against New Zealand, has entered college rugby and not missed a step after being a high school standout for Orchard Park in New York, and with the select touring side Atlantis.
Votes from college teams and from players and fans from around the country have finalized the five finalist for the MA Sorensen Award.
The 2019 MA Sorensen Award Finalists are (photos in order of player, photo credit below):
Fans and teams can vote to whittle the Rudy Scholz and MA Sorensen award nominees down to the finalists.
Here's how you can make your voice heard:
(Voting wraps up April 19)
If you are a coach or key leader of a college rugby team, vote here:
The nominees for the MA Sorensen Award for the top women's college player in the country have been released.
The award is named after groundbreaking William & Mary and USA prop MaryAnne Sorensen, who was a pioneer in the women's game as a player and a coach, and remains a highly-respected doctor. Sorensen has been present at all three Sorensen Award presentations.
Fans can submit their nominations for the 2018-19 MA Sorensen Award for the top women's college rugby player in the country.
The award is given out every year by the Washington Athletic Club of Seattle, Wash., and is named after trailblazing prop and Rugby World Cup winner MA Sorense - who has graciously appeared every year to present the award.
It's not always easy to see where champions found that special something, mostly because it's many things that make a champion, but Lindenwood University women's team's massive success throughout 2018 might well be traced back to ... a trip to Ireland.
Game jerseys from each of the six current Washington Athletic Club award-winners are now officially on display at the WAC's Hagerty's Bar in Seattle.
The top two college rugby players in the country will be honored Saturday in Seattle.
The Washington Athletic Club began sponsoring the Rudy Scholz Award and the MA Sorensen Award for the top men's and women's college rugby players (respectively) in 2016. That year, Dylan Audsley of Saint Mary's and Hope Rogers of Penn State were honored.
Sponsored by the Washington Athletic Club of Seattle, the Rudy Scholz Award is presented to the top men's DI college rugby player for the school year 2017-18, and the MA Sorensen Award is presented to the top women's DI college player.
After a panel created a list of nominees, and fans and coaches voted, we are down to five finalists for each category. Here they are:
Coaches of college rugby teams can vote in a special poll to help select the finalists for the Rudy Scholz and MA Sorensen awards for the top men's and women's college rugby players.
While there is a poll for fans ...
Go here for the Scholz fan poll.
A panel of coaches, administrators, and media members have selected the nominees for the 2017-18 MA Sorensen Award.
MA Sorensen was a trailblazing prop in American college rugby and World Cup winner, and she lends her name to the award for the best women's D1 college player of the season.