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NCR Announces Women's All Star Teams

By National Collegiate Rugby, 01/11/22, 10:30AM EST

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10 January — National Collegiate Rugby (NCR) has formed 16 Conference All Star Teams that will compete for the Women’s 7s National Cup in Houston. The tournament takes place on January 22-23 at the Houston Sabrecats’ facility.

The All Star tournament has expanded significantly since it was last played in 2020 and now includes Division I and Small College players. Over 200 players, representing over 65 schools, were selected based on tryouts and coach nominations.

NCR will live stream most matches via its YouTube channel and other social media sites.

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 1

Allegheny

Head Coach: Hannah Henry, Kent State

Assistant Coaches: Haleigh Kelter, Kent State; Michelle Fretwell,

Kent State; Kiyomi Knox, Pittsburgh Forge

Great Waters

Head Coach: Xane Gerasimo, UW Stout

Assistant Coach: Mike Good, Commissioner

Mid-America

Head Coach: Oksana Goretaya, Benedictine College

Assistant Coach: Katie Scott, Drury University

Manager: Kjrsten "KJ" Abel Ruch, University of Kansas

Midwest

Head Coach: Kelsie McDowell, Iowa State University 

Assistant Coach: Meghan Flanigan, Northern Iowa

Ohio Valley

Head Coach: Dakota Nelson, IUPUI

Assistant Coach: John English, Denison

Manager: Marc Ferguson, Tiffin University

South Atlantic

Head Coach: Tom Petit, Coastal Carolina

Manager: Alley Mitchell, Commissioner
Texas

Head Coach: Kris Karsten, U. Texas

Assistant Coach: Chris Botto, LeTourneau U.

Upstate NY

Head Coach: Meredith Pyke , U. Rochester

Assistant Coaches: Emily Grey, U. Rochester; Leah Smelzter,

SUNY Brockport

Manager: Hannah Riter

 

Small College

Allegheny

Head Coach: Hannah Henry, Kent State

Assistant Coaches: Haleigh Kelter, Kent State; Michelle Fretwell,

Kent State; Kiyomi Knox, Pittsburgh Forge

Colonial Coast

Colonial Coast Head Coach: Carly Baker, Endicott College

Assistant Coach: Keith Cattanach, Commissioner

Eastern Pennsylvania

Head Coach: Scott Stratton, Commissioner

Assistant Coaches: Ali Tare, Asst. Commissioner; Chris Ward,

Moravian University

Great Waters

Head Coach: Xane Gerasimo, UW Stout

Assistant Coach: Mike Good, Commissioner
Northern Lights Head Coach: Greg White, St. Scholastica
Ohio Valley

Head Coach: Stephanie “Parma” Bowers, Denison University

Assistant Coach: John English, Denison

Manager: Marc Ferguson, Tiffin University

Prairie States Head Coach: Cady Olson, South Dakota State
Upstate NY

Head Coach: Meredith Pyke, U.Rochester

Assistant Coaches: Emily Grey, U. Rochester; Leah Smelzter,

SUNY Brockport

Manager: Hannah Riter

 

Angela Smarto, NCR Women’s Director, remarked, “Revitalizing this event to include the Division I schools is our covenant between our traditional small college participants and expanding Division I programs. Providing play-up and coach-up opportunities is crucial to women’s rugby development, and we’re committed to providing those opportunities to all members.”

The full player rosters will be released during the week of January 17.