Wayne State College Rugby Women Win In Atlanta

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

The Wayne State College Women’s Rugby Team won the team’s 6th national title in Atlanta, Ga. with Final-Four victories over NY Cortland on Saturday, 58-5, and an 11-0 win over Colgate for the national championship in a 39 degrees rainy day.


Team members include Front Row from left: Annabelle Eades of Storm Lake, Iowa; Becca Hagemann of Whiting, Iowa; Alexa Feeley of Wayne, Nicole Bailey of Clay Center; and Coach Darrin Barner. Second row from left includes Faith Sorensen of Gretna; Jasmine Kovacs of Hebron; Hannah Meyer of Wayne, Sam Warneke, Shelli Brown, Turner MacPhee of East Peoria, Ill.; Kelsa Mills of Wayne, Celeste Lopez of Wayne, Al Veratin of Wayne, Kelcey Stuteman of Wayne, Katie Kirkpatrick of Broken Bow, Leanne Rosberg of Wausa and Julia Baxter of Plattsmouth.

Third Row from left includes Alyssa Fisher of Grand Island, Maryssa Schleis of Shelby, Ashley VanMeeteren of Yankton, S.D.; Mia Wright of Lincoln; Maddie Putler of Omaha; Nancy Escobar of South Sioux City; Hanna Lane of Westerville, Neb.; Laura Bergeron of Bellevue; Anna Fleecs of Wayne, Sam Burgi of  Springfield, S.D.; and Alex Gorden of Harlan, Iowa.

WSC women in the final played the best defensive game in the history of 15 years of Wildcat rugby by holding out a strong and powerful Colgate team who had the ball numerous times inside the Wayne State 20-yard line but were denied crossing the goal line by a determined WSC defense.

Photo by Angie Steffen