National Collegiate Rugby Names All Tournament Teams from Women’s 7s National Cup

NCR Release

National Collegiate Rugby (NCR) has named the Division I and Small College All Tournament teams following the Women’s All Star 7s National Cup.
The tournament was held on January 22-23 at the Houston Sabercats’ facility. Over 200 players, representing over 65 schools across the country, were selected based on tryouts and coach nominations.
The All Tournament teams recognize the standout players from both the Division I and Small College tournaments. The teams include 15 student athletes from 13 schools. Each Division also recognized a tournament MVP.
In a close Division I championship match, the Texas Armadillos edged the Midwest Big Green 17-10. Tournament MVP, Abigail Kinnard from Texas State, led the Armadillos with her outstanding defense and consistent leadership.
The Eastern Pennsylvania Rugby Union All Stars won the Small College Championship, beating Great Waters 22-7. Morgan Mattia, representing East Stroudsburg University, won the MVP honors through her explosive play under critical circumstances.
Angela Smarto, NCR Women’s Director, stated “This weekend was a fantastic display of the talent within our competition. Quality athletes and coaches need opportunities to test themselves, and they all rose to the occasion this weekend. I’m extremely proud of every player, coach, and referee who left the weekend better than they came.”
The All Stars tournament is used as a platform for selection to the NCR Women’s Select 7s Program which most recently competed in the 2021 Falcon 7s Tournament hosted by the American Rugby Pro Training Center.
Division I Results

  1. Texas Armadillos
  2. Midwest Big Green
  3. Upstate NY Snow Leopards 4. Mid-America All Stars
  4. SARC All Stars
  5. Great Waters All Stars
  6. Allegheny Bears
  7. Ohio Valley All Stars

Division I All Tournament Team
Tournament MVP: Abigail Kinnard, Texas State University, Texas Armadillo’s

Izzy Robinson, Wayne State College, Mid-America
Sophia Nieves, Middlebury College, South Atlantic
Gabby Dispenza, St. Bonaventure University, Upstate NY
Maggie Burns, University of Northern Iowa, Midwest
Ciara Stanerson -Edwards, University of Northern Iowa, Midwest
Julia Norwood, University of Texas, Texas
Abigail Kinnard, Texas State University, Texas
Small College Results

  1. EPRU All Stars
  2. Great Waters All Stars
  3. Northern Lights All Stars
  4. Colonial Coast All Stars
  5. Upstate NY Snow Leopards 6. Prairie States All Stars
  6. Ohio Valley All Stars
  7. Allegheny Bears

Small College All Tournament Team
Tournament MVP, Morgan Mattia, East Stroudsburg University, EPRU

Kara Whalen, Denison University, Ohio Valley
Eden Liebenthal, University of South Dakota, Prairie States
Ari Blassch, SUNY Brockport, Upstate NY
Amanda Williams, University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Great Waters
Claire Engmann, Northern Michigan University, Great Waters
Hannah Plotkin,
Shippensburg University, Eastern Pennsylvania
Ciara Sharkey,
Marywood University,
Eastern Pennsylvania

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