Women's Program

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Overview

Rugby logoEst. 1994. Home of the Women Ruggers

Fairfield Women’s Rugby plays in the Tri-State Rugby Conference, DII. The Stags compete against teams throughout the northeast including Hofstra, Vassar, U of New Haven, Rutgers, Stony Brook, and Monroe.

In 2018, the team reached the Sweet Sixteen Nationals, achieving national ranking. In the fall of 2019, Fairfield Women’s Rugby will mark its 25th anniversary with an on-campus celebration with hundreds of current and former players, friends, family, and rugby alumni.

Fairfield Women’s Rugby Program Features

  • Division II program
  • Professional coaching
  • Comprehensive fitness program with professional trainers
  • Historic Lt. Hans Grauert Memorial Field
  • Rugby Scholarships
  • Dynamic Rugby Special Events and extensive University support
  • Active Alumni Network
  • Corporate Sponsorship
  • Service Opportunities

Coaching Staff

Jack Wallace has been the head coach for Fairfield Women's Rugby since 2015. Jack has extensive playing experience throughout New England. Email Coach Wallace at jack.wallace421@gmail.com.

Eric Anahory has been the Fairfield Women’s Rugby club's assistant coach since fall 2016. A 2015 Hall of Fame inductee for the Village Lions RFC of New York, Eric’s goal is to pass down his passion for the sport to a new generation of players. Email Coach Anahory at eric.anahory@gmail.com.

 

2019-2020 Officers

President Kate Welzel 2020
Vice President Kate Foley 2020
Forward's Captain Abby Dovan 2020
Back's Captain Julia D'Innocenzo 2020
Match Secretary Alex Maltbie 2021
Underclassmen Rep Olivia Calnan 2021

Schedule

Date Opponent Location Time Results
Sep. 15 Hofstra Home 11am  W 57-19
Sep. 22 Monroe Home 11am W 58-25
Sep. 29 Rutgers Away 10am W 43-5
Oct. 6 U of New Haven Home 11am W 78-19
Oct. 12 Stony Brook Away 10am W 34-5
Oct. 20 Conference – First Round Bye Bye Bye
Oct. 27 Conference Quarterfinals - UAlbany Home 11am W 38-14
Nov. 3 Conference Semifinal - Marist Home 11am L 43-26
Nov. 9 Consolation Game - RPI Away @ Siena 12:30pm
Nov. 16 USA Rugby Playoffs - Rounds of 32
Nov. 23 & 24 USA Rugby Playoffs - Rounds of 16 & 8
Dec. 7 & 8 USA Rugby National Final 4

Roster

Erin Bailey '23
Hometown: Upton, MA
Position: Forward

Brittany Baker '20
Hometown: Fall River, MA
Position: Back

Valerie Bien-Aime '20
Hometown: Bridgeport, CT
Position: Forward

Gwyneth Bozentka '23
Hometown: Philadelphia
Position: Forward

Shannon Brady '21
Hometown: Miller Place, NY
Position: Forward

Meghan Bruni '20
Hometown: Altamont, NY
Position: Back

Meghan Callaghan '23
Hometown: Massapequa, NY
Position: Back

Olivia Calnan '21
Hometown: Winchester, MA
Position: Forward

Susan Cerulle ‘22
Hometown: Wellesley, MA
Position: Back

Julia D'Innocenzo '20
Hometown: North Salem, NY
Position: Back

Elise Derusha '23
Hometown: Gales Ferry, CT
Position: Forward

Abigail Dovan '20
Hometown: Fairport, NY
Position: Forward

Samantha Fasoldt '23
Hometown: Attleboro, MA
Position: Forward

Kaitlyn Foley '20
Hometown: Wakefield, MA
Position: Forward

Natalie Gammer '21
Hometown: Yorktown Heights, NY
Position: Forward

Catherine Gowing '23
Hometown: West Roxbury, MA
Position: Back

Delaney Hall '22
Hometown: Sloatsburg, NY
Position: Forward

Mariah Hamor '21
Hometown: MDI, ME
Position: Forward

Shauna Harney '22
Hometown: Webster, MA
Position: Forward

Kelly Haughey '23
Hometown: Rockland, NY
Position: Forward

Nicole Hegarty '23
Hometown: Walpole, MA
Position: Forward

Jill Lyons '22
Hometown: Pembroke, MA
Position: Back

Alexandra Maltbie '21
Hometown: Niskayuna, NY
Position: Forward

Olivia Mason '20
Hometown: Webster, MA
Position: Back

Kieran McAllister '23
Hometown: Hawthorne, NJ
Position: Forward

Mary McHugh '23
Hometown: Westfield, NJ
Position: Forward

Kelley McSweeney '20
Hometown: Wrentham, MA
Position: Back

Ashley Mooney '23
Hometown: Caldwell, NJ
Position: Back

Anabelle Murphy '22
Hometown: Norwell, MA
Position: Back

Brenna Murphy '20
Hometown: Stoneham, MA
Position: Forward

Caroline Nowakowski '21
Hometown: Miami Shores, FL
Position: Back

Ailish O'Beirne '23
Hometown: Sudbury, MA
Position: Forward

Cassie Pearce '23
Hometown: Manchester, VT
Position: Forward

Emily Pepe '21
Hometown: Charleston, SC
Position: Back

Eleanor Pskowski ‘20
Hometown: Cornwall, NY
Position: Forward

Fiona Reilly ‘22
Hometown: Croton-on-Hudson, NY
Position: Back

Kanny Rivera ‘20
Hometown: Bridgeport, CT
Position: Forward

Kathleen Schofield ‘21
Hometown: Rockland, NY
Position: Forward

Sarah Shelhorse ‘22
Hometown: Huntington, NY
Position: Back

Caroline Smith ‘21
Hometown: Haddon Heights, NJ
Position: Back

Samantha Straub ‘23
Hometown: Westchester, NY
Position: Back

Kate Welzel ‘20
Hometown: Hopkinton, MA
Position: Back

Cait Wood ‘22
Hometown: Latham, NY
Position: Back

Kayla Yaverski ‘21
Hometown: Fairfield, CT
Position: Back

History

The Women's Rugby Club at Fairfield University was founded as a club sport in 1994. The home rugby pitch of the Red Ruggers is the Lt. Hans Grauert Memorial Field donated by the Grauert family (Chris Grauert ’68, FURFC President), the field is named for Chris’s brother, Lt. Hans Grauert, a Naval Aviator, whose plane was lost at sea during a combat mission in Vietnam. It is the first pitch built expressly for rugby on an American college campus. With its natural amphitheater and beautiful surroundings, Grauert Field is a jewel treasured by Fairfield ruggers and visitors alike.

Rugby Alumni

A Dynamic Network of Support, on and off the Field

Those who wear the Fairfield Rugby colors form a special bond with one another that generally lasts a lifetime. Ruggers push each other to excel in training, persevere in the most intense competitions, celebrate victories, and remain united in adversity – even long after they have graduated.

Perhaps the greatest testimony of the power of Fairfield Rugby is its alumni network. Over 1,500 Fairfield rugby alumni and friends passionately support the program. This includes our annual Rugby Fest & Homecoming in October, “Ruck and Roll” tailgates at away games, Rugby networking nights, and more. Our alumni network extends into every corner of the business and professional community. Rugby alumni make significant annual financial contributions to the University and the men’s and women’s teams.

The Women's program is celebrating their 25th anniversary this fall with many exciting events for current players and families, alumni, and all of the Fairfield University community. 

Friends of Fairfield Rugby

Through our non-profit, Friends of Fairfield Rugby, hundreds of members support the program and players, including with career advisory and placement. Visit www.friendsoffairfieldrugby.org

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