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Yale Women’s Rugby Opens Ivy Conference at Columbia

September 16, 2016

Yale Women’s Rugby Opens Ivy Conference at Columbia

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Photos: Yale Women’s Rugby

Yale Women’s Rugby Release

The team travel to New York City this weekend to take on Columbia University in the opening fixture of the Ivy Conference. Last season, Yale defeated Columbia 22-5 in a tough match. Coach Wilson is expecting nothing different this weekend, “Columbia have some very physical players and like to carry the ball. I’m expecting them to come out firing as they look to use their home field advantage.” Coach Wilson also commented on his own team’s chances, “I like where we currently are. We have had an influx of new players, particularly freshmen, which is great news. My aim this weekend is to introduce the new players to rugby and build steadily for the future. It is important to me that the new players get to experience rugby without the pressure of winning. We have a few technical and tactical processes we will look to execute but my main priority is for the team to have fun, enjoy working hard and building camaraderie with each other.”

This match will see nine rookies, including seven freshmen (Alexus Coney, Anna McNeil, Isabel Salinas-Arreola, Khaya Klanot, Mara Hoplamazian, Reanna Wauer and Vanessa Liu) and two sophomores (Abagail Davis and Mariel Rosenburg). Nat Wyatt ’18 will be leading the team for the first time and cannot wait to get going, “I am very excited and proud to be captaining the team. I will aim to lead the team through my actions both on and off the pitch. Everyone will be nervous, especially the rookies, so it is my job alongside Junior Captain Lily Wu ’19 and the other veterans to keep everyone at ease and make sure that they enjoy the experience.” When commenting on the new rookies, Lily added, “They have brought such good energy to the team! They have fitted in really well and shown great determination to learn a new game. The future is bright with these new players and the first step of the journey starts on Sunday!”

Date- Sunday September 18th

Venue- Kraft Field, Baker Complex, Columbia University

Kick Off- 5.15PM

Yale Women’s Rugby Lineup

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