Saturday, May 31, 2008

Selections for NASC 2008 - Updated

To all the players who participated, thank you for your tremendous effort over the past few weeks. See below the selections for the MARFU U23 Squad and Territorial Development Squad that will compete in the National All Star Championships.

Special thanks to all the coaches, selectors & managerial types who assisted in the process. THANK YOU!!


Katy Black - Westchester University
Kara Bodison - Penn State University
Steph Burkhardt - Westchester University
Kate Daley - Penn State University
Alli Dolan - Philadelphia Women
Megan "Chuggs" Godfrey - Westchester University
Blythe Hagan - Brandywine Women
Lisa Hrunka - Shippensburg University
Melissa Hutchison - Shippensburg University
Meral Kanik - Penn State University
Monique McQueen - Virginia Commonwealth University
Danielle Monica - Temple University
Natalie Monrig - Shippensburg University
Megan Newton - James Madison University
Brittany Rienman - Shippensburg University
Lauren Rosso - Penn State University
Sara Shanley - Virginia Commonwealth University
Kerilee "KL" Shuey - Shippensburg University
Kristen "Orah" Snyder - Penn State University
Moira Summerdyke - Temple University
Julia Swavola - James Madison University
Kate Welter - Georgetown University (Injured Reserve)
Alison Worman - Penn State University
Annie Ziegler - Penn State University

MARFU U23 Alternates/Territorial Development Team

Dominique Bunai - Virginia Tech University
Stephanie Hallman - Drexel University
Heather Stephenson - Brandywine Women
Kate "TK" Hallinan - Philadelphia Women

Monday, May 19, 2008

2008 MARFU U-23 Pool

Congratulations to the following players. These athletes will represent the MARFU U23 All Stars on May 31th in matches against the NRU and MARFU Senior Developmental teams, in preparation for the 2008 National All Star Championship.

At that time players will be further identified for the MARFU U23 NASC team, and for the territorial development team. Players were identified at a variety of events, including the LAU Round Robin Tournament, the MARFU U23 Developmental Team, Sunday's Open Tryouts, and the National Championship tournament.

Alison Worman - Penn State
Alli Dolan - Philadelphia Women
Amber "Sass" Morgan - Virginia Tech
Annie Zeigler - Penn State
Blythe Hagen - Brandywine Women
Brittany Rineman - Shippensburg
Danielle Monica - Temple
Dominique Bunai - Virginia Tech
Heather Stephenson - Brandywine Women
Julie Swavola - James Madison
Kara Bodison - Penn State
Kate Daley - Penn State
Katie "TK" Hallinan - Philadelphia Women
Katy Black - Westchester
Katy Welter (injured reserve) - Georgetown
Kerilee "KL" Shuey - Shippensburg
Kristen Snyder - Penn State
Lauren Rosso - Penn State
Lauren Waltz - Princeton
Lisa Hrunka - Shippensburg
Maria "MR" Muscara - LaSalle
Megan "Chuggs" Godfrey - Westchester
Megan Newton - James Madison
Melissa Hutchison - Shippensburg
Meral Kanik - Penn State
Moira Somerdyk - Temple
Monique McQueen - Virginia Tech
Natalie Monroig - Shippensburg
Nicole "Vegan" Coffineau - Virginia Tech
Sara Shanley - Virginia Commonwealth
Sherilyn Villa - American
Steph Burkhardt - Westchester
Steph Petrides - American

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Open Tryouts May 18th 2008 - Directions and Details

Open tryout! The Mid Atlantic U23 Women's All Star team are the 2007 USA Rugby U23 National All Star Champions. The 2008 NASC will be held in Pittsburgh, Pa June 13 - 15.

This is a open tryout - no recommendations are required. If you are unable to attend this tryout but still wish to be considered for the MARFU U23 team, please contact Lisa directly.

Players attending should be fit, have a solid grasp of fundamental rugby skills, and aspire to a higher level of competition.

Selected players will be invited to train and play training matches against MARFU II (Senior) and NRU II (Senior) on May 31, 2008.

Confirmation, while not required, is recommended. You can confirm via email, or via our facebook invitation -

Please bring water, a bag lunch, and any snacks you might need. If you need taping, please bring your own supplies.

Sunday's tryouts will be at the UMBC (University of Maryland Baltimore Campus). Cleats on ready to train at 9:30. THERE IS NO RESTROOM AT THIS FACILITY SO PLEASE MAKE A BIO STOP PRIOR TO ARRIVAL.

directions to the field...

From the North:
Take I-95 south, toward Baltimore
Take exit 47B, on to MD Route 166, toward Catonsville
Take the first exit toward UMBC Campus
Go straight through the first stop sign
Bear right at the next intersection, on to Hilltop Circle
Turn Right on to Poplar Ave.
Turn Right on to Shellbourne Road
The field is on the right, directly across from Arbutus Middle School
There is a gravel parking lot just before the field

From the North:
Take I-95 North, toward Baltimore
Take exit 47B, on to MD Route 166, toward Catonsville
Take the first exit toward UMBC Campus
Go straight through the first stop sign
Bear right at the next intersection, on to Hilltop Circle
Turn Right on to Poplar Ave.
Turn Right on to Shellbourne Road
The field is on the right, directly across from Arbutus Middle School
There is a gravel parking lot just before the field

The following link will show the field clearly, note that the arrow is not precisely in front of
Arbutus middle school building.

Belated: MARFU U23 Developmental team at Ruggerfest

I know I'm late posting, so my apologies to everyone for the delay ...

Three weeks ago the MARFU U-23 Women's All Star program entered a developmental team into the DC Furies Ruggerfest tournament.

We played two women's club sides on Saturday, coming out of our first game with a squeaker of a win against a terrific Norfolk side, and then faced Chesapeake women in our second match, winning by 4 tries.

That put us in the semi-finals on Sunday against the Maryland Stingers, a D1 area club side. We came out strong, with wing Rachel Miller blazing into the tryzone after a quick turnover ball, but the experience and physicallity of the Maryland side proved too much for us to overcome. In the end they got the best of us by 4 tries, in a game that really

Though it was disappointing not to make the finals, it was a great experience for everyone. Seeing the performance and team camaraderie develop and improve as the weekend unfolded was quite the positive experience. This was a very young MARFU team, with only a few veteran players (*). Congrats to everyone involved, but especially to :

Moira Somerdyk, MVP Back
Stephanie Petrides, MVP Forward
Nicole Coffineau, Most Improved Player
Amber "Sass" Morgan, Most Impactful

Also, special thanks to Katy Welter and Sheri Villa, our captains, and to Emily Sabato, our hard working manager, and to Catholic University, for use of their practice field.

(Congratulations to Shippensburg University, who several players slated to attend, but instead brought home a D2 National Championship!)

MARFU U23 Developmental:

Sarah Buhlam (front row) - Chesapeake, PRU
Brittany Buffalino (flyhalf, center)- LaSalle, EPRU
Dominique Bunai (back row) - Virginia Tech, VRU
Nicole "Carrot aka Vegan" Coffieneu (second row) - Virginia Tech, VRU
Allison Dolan (front row) - Philadelphia Women, EPRU
Alison Floyd (second row) - LaSalle, EPRU
Kate "TK" Hallinan (wing) - Philadelphia Women, EPRU
Lauren McLaughlin (wing) - Temple, EPRU
Brittany McKenna (fullback, wing) - LaSalle, EPRU
Rachel Miller (wing) - University of Virginia, VRU
Amber "Sass" Morgan (front row) - Virginia Tech, VRU
Maria "MR" Muscara (center) - LaSalle, EPRU
Kaitlin Parliman (front row, second row) - Temple, ERPU
Stephanie Petrides (back row) - American, PRU
Beleny Reese (wing )- Virginia Tech, VRU
Meghan "Football" See (front row) - Virginia Tech, VRU
Sarah Shanley (scrum half) - Virginia Commonwealth, VRU
Moira Somerdyk (center) - Temple, EPRU
Shannon Sulkovsky (back row, lock) - Kutztown, EPRU
Sherri Villa (back row & captain) - American, PRU
Rachel Von Vital (scrum half, wing) - Temple, ERPU
Katy Welter (fullback & captain) - Georgetown

Lisa Rosen - Head Coach
Roshna Wunderlich - Asst. Coach
Chris Herrmann - Asst. Coach
Kristin Aliberto - Asst. Coach
Emily Sabato - Manager