Sunday, May 24, 2009

MARFU U23 Squad Announced for 2009 National All Star Championships

On behalf of the Mid Atlantic Under-23 Program, I'm pleased to announce the 2009 National All Star Championship Squad. Through the U23 Developmental Program, LAU Championsip, positional/skills camps, LAU and TU collegiate championships, and this weekend's grueling 2 day trial (attended by over 60 players), the following 24 players and 6 traveling reserves were identified for the June competition. Named players represent 18 different college, club, and U19 programs.

*Two players earned spots on the squad but are unavailable due to military commitments.

Special thanks go out to the University of Maryland for hosting this weekend's camp, and the many MARFU club programs for hosting players and providing senior players for the final camp scrimmage: DC Furies, Nova, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Stingers, Philadelphia, Pax River, and Exiles.

Named players will receive a follow up communication from the coaching and management staff with event details. Congratulations and thank you to all the participants!

2009 MARFU U-23 NASC Squad
Hannah Bennett - Drexel University
Mary Bridget Bocchino - West Chester University
Monique Compito - Virginia Tech
Mia Delina Escobar - Drexel University
Sara Glick - West Chester University
Tanya Gouws - University of Maryland
Melissa Hutchinson - Shippensburg University
Madeline Kriebel - West Chester University
Megan Lamm - West Chester University
Kristen Lucas - University of Virginia
Ugochi Madubata - Princeton University
Elizabeth McCracken - Nova U19
Monique N. McQueen - Virginia Commonwealth University
Laura Miller - St Mary's College of Maryland
Danielle Monica - Temple University
Natalie Monroig - Shippensburg University
Kate Rada - West Chester University
Emily Reifsnyder - West Chester University
Kaitlyn Rooney - American University
Sara Shanley - Virginia Commonwealth University
Moira Somerdyk - Temple University
Sasha Stauffer - West Chester University
Molly Walter - Mary Washington
Angela Yue - Princeton University

Traveling Reserves:
Rebecca DeMoor - Philadelphia Women
Brianne Femour - West Chester University
Lauren Jarlenski - Norfolk Storm
Shantel Nelson - American University
Jenny Thai - FPYC
Jessica Weiss - DC Furies

Unavailable due to military commitment:
Chastity Dunnaville - US Naval Academy
Elizabeth Trujillo - US Naval Academy

Lisa E Rosen
Head Coach, MARFU U23 Women's All Star Program

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Directions and Details for Training and Selection Camp

The Midatlantic RFU Women's Under 23 program, defending USA Rugby National All Star Champions from 2007 and 2008, announces the Selection and Training Camp for 2009. MAY 23 - 24 - Selection camp & matches: open, University of Maryland.

DIRECTIONS: The best place for parking on the day of the camp will be the UMD Visitor Center Parking Lot located directly next to the Engineering Pitch. Here is a link to get directions to the Lot from anywhere:,-76.937395&hl=en&geocode=&mra=ls&sll=38.986526,-76.937143&sspn=0.001885,0.003455&ie=UTF8&ll=38.986234,-76.936505&spn=0.003769,0.006909&t=h&z=17
Regardless of your starting point you will end up on Rt. 1/Baltimore Ave. by the end of your trip. If you are coming from the North(Beltway 495/95/295), the pitch will be on your right just after the campus main entrance and before you make the right turn into the Visitor Center Lot. If you are coming from the South(410, DC, etc.) you will be turning left. The name of the road is Rossborough Lane, and once you turn just follow the curve to the right to enter the parking lot. Thanks and safe traveling!

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING: A bag lunch (or money for subway), water, rugby kit, and tape if you need to be taped. IF YOU ARE UNDER 18 YOU MUST BRING A WAIVER, SIGNED BY YOUR PARENT OR GUARDIAN. The waiver we are using is found on the back of the USA Rugby CIPP membership form. You can download this off the USA Rugby web site, print it, have your parent sign it, and bring it. IF YOU ARE UNDER 18 DO NOT BRING A WAIVER YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE.

ABOUT THE CAMP Saturday May 23th we will introduce the tools and tactics that the team will use in a competitive format. Two-three teams will be identified and two - three 60 minute matches will be played on Sunday May 24th. Selections for the 2009 National All Star Championship team will be made at this venue, with consideration of various previous venues.

May 23 Sign in/set up 9:00 - 9:30
Warmup/introductions 9:30 - 10:00
Training I 10:00 - 12:30, lunch 12:30 - 1:30
Training II 1:30 - 4:00

At end of training coaches will break players into scrimmage teams for Sunday. Depending on turnout, 2-3 scrimmage teams will be assembled.

Game prep and warmup 9:30 - 11:00
First game 11:00 - 12:00
Second game 12:10 - 1:10
Third game 1:10 - 2:10 (tentative).
Cool down and wrap up 2:10 - 2:30.

All efforts will be made to find local lodging for players and eliminate any costs. You must contact Lisa or Emily if you are requesting local housing.

May 26- Selection deadline. All players will be notified of selections no later than May 26.

June 9 - June 14 - USA Rugby U-23 National All Star Championships, Pittsburg, PA The MARFU U23 squad will assemble in Pittsburg PA late in the day on Tuesday June 9th. The team will train together Wed and Thursday. Friday MARFU will play the Northeast U23 team. Sunday MARFU U23 will play either the Midwest U23 or the Pacific Coast U23s.

Players competing to represent MARFU should be fit, have a fundamental grasp of general rugby skills, and be highly competitive players who thrive in a team environment. Eligible players are CIPP registered members of MARFU born on or after January 2, 1986. RSVP for camps are recommended but not required. If you intend on attending the the MARFU U23 event or if you have any questions, please contact one of the below individuals or join and RSVP through the MARFU U-23 Facebook Group, where training info is also available if needed.

Lisa Rosen, Head Coach -
Emily Sabato, Manager -

Every effort has been made to work around graduation conflicts, but we understand that exceptional circumstances may impact individual players. If you are unable to attend the selection camp but wish to be considered for the 2009 team, please contact Lisa directly.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Directions for this Sunday's MARfU U-23 Skills camp

The Evasive Running, Playmaking, and Open Field Support workshop this weekend will take place at the Maryland Stingers practice pitch (it's still hosted by American University - thanks to both American and the Stingers for getting us a good pitch!).

The pitch we'll be using is Duvall Field, in College Park Maryland. For directions, visit . The workshop will start promptly at 9 and end promptly at 12:00 in order to give you mothers day time. Please try to arrive a little early so you can get kitted up, check in, etc.