May 11, 2012 |
They flew to Ireland to test their game. They will play for their first national title this weekend. And then they will compete in the first state championships. The Lady Dingoes, the under-19 girls' team from the Downingtown Rugby Football Club, clearly have taken off. Their sport has been going places, too. "I tell them all the time that this is an unbelievably special year of rugby because I can't think of any other year where you can have the opportunity to represent your country, the area where you are, and then be able to take our program and go out and compete for a national championship," Dingoes coach Matt Dziunycz said.
May 18, 2010
Think of rugby, and you might conjure an image of players, big and burly, roughhousing in a sport as violent as some of its terminology - scrum, ruck, maul - would imply. In comparison, football might seem downright mild. Not so, said Downingtown East senior Max Narewski, who has played both sports and called rugby "a lot safer. " "You're not looking at high-speed collisions, like you have in football," added Mike Drill, coach of the Downingtown Rugby Football Club's under-19 squad.
April 30, 2010 |
While most college students are cramming for finals, writing one last research paper, and catching up on assigned reading, the Temple rugby club teams are in California, where the men's and women's squads will compete in Friday's Final Four at Stanford. They are excited, determined, and ready to win a national title. Unfortunately, the accomplishment is bittersweet. They wish Josias Sterling could have made the trip. Sterling, 19, was looking forward to his sophomore year at Temple when he died tragically last July.
November 4, 2004 |
This season, West Chester University became the first NCAA Division II school to make women's rugby a varsity sport. West Chester has a 5-1 record and is expected to be named the top seed in the Eastern Pennsylvania Rugby Union championships at Lehigh University this weekend in Bethlehem. On Saturday, the Golden Rams set a team scoring record in a 60-0 rout of Delaware. Individual marks also were set by sophomore Giselle Gonzalez with three tries in the second half for a game total of 15 points.
April 30, 2004 |
Catherine Cruz was all about the bone-crushing hits, bloody noses and deep thigh bruises that are associated with rugby. Until she saw a video of New Zealand playing the sport at Unionville's introductory meeting to start up a rugby program last year. "That kind of scared me," the red-headed junior said. "The tackling was just coming left and right. I got a little freaked out. " Apparently, she is over that. Like the 60 other girls in Unionville Rugby Club and countless others across the region and the nation, Cruz craved a contact sport.
December 12, 2003 |
Owen Jones, 18, a graduate of Haverford High, has been named to the U.S. under-19 rugby team, which is scheduled to play two matches in Guyana this weekend in a bid for a berth in the World Championships next year. A student at Temple, where he helped lead the school's club team to a 12-0 record this season, Jones said the selection surprised him because he had not been able to attend a key training camp in August. "The time constraints were such that I couldn't make it, but I was an Eastern Pennsylvania Rugby Union all-star selection," Jones said.
March 26, 2002 |
On a windswept field surrounded by farms and rolling hills, a group of women gather on Saturday afternoons. They are law students, wives, manual laborers, engineers, and Web page designers during the week. But on Saturdays, they are ruggers. The Brandywine Women's Rugby Club is a recent inductee into the quickly growing game. The club's team, called the Riot, became a full-fledged member of the Eastern Pennsylvania Rugby Union last month, after three probationary seasons following its start-up in 1999.
December 13, 2001 |
Brian King calls Amber Benlian the best running back in the country. He isn't talking about high school players, either. And he isn't talking about football. He's talking about women's rugby. "She's an outstanding runner," King said. King should know. He has watched Benlian, 17, a senior at Haverford High, play for the Haverford Township club team he coaches. The squad, which consists of high school-age players, competes against other area teams under the auspices of the Eastern Pennsylvania Rugby Union.
March 30, 2001 |
It began as a simple challenge from the boy across the street. Three years later, 2000 North Penn graduate and Penn State freshman Alex Johnson is headed to Santiago, Chile, for the Rugby World Cup as a member of the U.S. under-19 Eagles. Johnson leaves today for the competition, which stretches from Monday through April 17. Among the countries entered are Spain, Germany, Portugal, Russia, Belgium, Morocco, Poland, and the Czech Republic. "I was completely shocked," Johnson said of his selection to the team.
October 20, 2000 |
Twelve years ago, Lisa Cocco was chatting in a friend's kitchen. Unknowingly, a floor above Lisa, her 5-year-old daughter was teetering on a narrow window ledge. Mandy Cocco was bravely practicing a fire-escape plan with a friend. It was one of Lisa's first indications that her oldest girl was not easily spooked. "I knew then to prepare myself," Lisa said. But when Mandy told her mom she wanted to play rugby, Lisa was surprised. "I told her, 'You are crazy,' " Lisa recalled.