We went 3-2 in our league season, not the strongest performance for a Brown team, I know, but respectable considering the changes that have occurred in the last year. Being the second seed in the Ivy League we attended the inaugural American Collegiate Rugby Association (ACRA) Playoff with our first match being against a very big, strong and fast AIC whose program has grown tremendously in the past 5 years. Losing that match set us up for our consolation against Syracuse which pitted our handling in the forwards and speed in the backs against their bigger squad. This match was the culmination of all the things we had practiced all season and I was thrilled at our successful performance as were the players. For now, this conference is giving us the opportunity to participate in a Playoff that not only takes place closer to us but works with our weather related issues by having a Championship structure in the fall. For now, the first and second place teams in the ACRA Finals can enter into the USA Rugby Round of 16 if teams qualify and still want to participate in the USA structure.
Though a team is more than a few there are some who stand out due to their strong individual performance during the year. I have recommended several team members to a USA Women’s Collegiate Camp to take place in spring 2014 due to their outstanding work ethic and skill level:
Lucy Fernandez ’14 – Hooker
Sandra Kimokoti ‘ 15 – Tighthead Prop
Kiki Morgan ’16 – Outside Center, Wing
Oksana Goretaya ’17 – Inside Center
Jess Sawadogo ’14 – No. 8
You’ve seen the article about Kiki Morgan ’16 but we are also excited to offer congratulations also to alum, Emily Hsieh ’12, who just received the prestigious, Don Morrison Scholarship to attend Maties Rugby Academy in Stellenboch, South Africa!! Em will spend 3 months training and learning from elite level referees at the international institute where new law changes are trialed and evaluated. Look for the article here on the site to explain the award and what Em will be doing!