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2021 Women's All Americans Announced

By National Collegiate Rugby, 03/02/22, 12:45PM EST

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2 March—National Collegiate Rugby (NCR) released the names of the Women’s All American award winners for the Fall 2021 season. 

The NCR Women’s All American program recognizes student-athletes who have earned this distinct honor for being top performers in the Fall of 2021. Recognition as an NCR All American is a special honor that is reserved for the “best of the best.”

Both Division I and Small College clubs show strong representation from 12 conferences. Life has the most selected players in Division I with four players, followed by Notre Dame College and Marquette with three players each. The list of Division I clubs is diverse, representing the anchor players that drive the success of each club listed. The list of 23 student-athletes may see a lot of turn over next year since there are so many seniors named this year, including freshmen flyhalf Nina Mason of Life, who was named the National Championship MVP for her dominant performance. Division I Commissioner Angela Smarto says, “The Division I competition is full of quality players.”

The Small College All American list includes players from 13 universities across the nation. National Champions Wayne State College leads the pack with five selections including repeat All American senior Izzy Robinson, who was also named the National Championship Most Valuable Player, and to the All Star 7s All Tournament Team. Trixie Jo Schlechter, the other repeat name, is a prolific try scorer for the University of South Dakota who led her team in tries this fall. With mostly upperclassmen recognized, the Small College All Americans will likely be dynamic in the coming years.

Small College Commissioner Jessie Blitz says, “These players’ passion and tenacity are what is bringing women’s rugby to the forefront.  I have the utmost respect for these talented women and am excited for what is to come from each of them.”  Smarto continues, “This list is a representation of the exceptional talent we have in our competition. These players have elevated the play of their teams through their individual efforts and deserve to be recognized. Congratulations to all players listed; we can’t wait to see what you do next.” 

Division I

Player Name

School

Position

Year

Angela Andrews

Marquette University

Flyhalf

Senior

Brooke Barnes

Kent State University

Scrumhalf

Senior

Hannah Boekelman

Life University

Hooker

Senior

Grace Bryson

University of Minnesota

Back 3

Senior

Maggie Burns

University of Northern Iowa

Center

Senior

Anna Corgan

Grand Valley State University

No. 8

Sophomore

Siusie Dawson

UW Eau Claire

Backrow

Senior

Madison Dunn

Iowa State University

Flyhalf

Junior

Jessie Inman

University of Northern Iowa

Lock

Junior

Alivia Leatherman

Notre Dame College

Backrow

Sophomore

Nina Mason

Life University

Flyhalf

First Year

Aviana Matteo

Notre Dame College

Flyhalf

Senior

Evelyn Mitchell

Marquette University

Scrumhalf

Senior

Amaya Moala

Life University

Center

Sophomore

Sara Neubecker

Colgate University

Lock

Senior

Nickky Nguyen

Life University

Prop

Junior

Alyssa Powell

University of Cincinnati

Back 3

Senior

Ryley Rand

Marquette University

Lock

Junior

Deirdre Rocha

Clemson University

Center

Junior

Abbey Rose

Notre Dame College

Backrow

Junior

Sophie Shaffer

Colgate University

Scrumhalf

Senior

Maddie Spirnak

Bowling Green State University

Backrow

Senior

Ciara Stanerson - Edwards

University of Northern Iowa

Back 3

Junior

Small College

Player Name

School

Position

Year

Claire Brandon

SUNY Cortland

Center

Senior

Elektra Cheney

Endicott College

Back 3

Senior

Gabby Dispenza

St. Bonaventure University

Center

First Year

Claire Engman

Northern Michigan University

Scrumhalf

Senior

Taylor Ference

Wayne State College

Lock

Junior

Kailey Gleeson

SUNY Cortland

Prop

Senior

Ashton Hurley

Wayne State College

Backrow

Junior

Eden Liebenthal

University of South Dakota

Scrumhalf

Senior

Braeden List

Lee University

Back 3

Sophomore

Siena Macy

Lee University

Flyhalf

Junior

Johanna Matulonis

University of Rochester

Center

Junior

Tess Merrill

Endicott College

Center

First Year

Chantell Mindt

Minn. State University Moorhead

Scrumhalf

5th Year

Lauren Nelson

Wayne State College

Flyhalf

Senior

Sophia Nieves

Middlebury College

Lock

Senior

Izzy Robinson

Wayne State College

Prop

Senior

Trixie Jo Schlechter

University of South Dakota

Back 3

Junior

Savannah Struble

Northern Michigan University

Center

Grad

Selma Taylor

Wayne State College

Scrumhalf

Junior

Grace Vanderzee

University of South Dakota

Hooker

Sophomore

Amanda Williams

UW Platteville

Backrow

5th Year

Jill Wood

Baldwin Wallace University

Center

Junior

Allexus Zielinski

Denison University

Backrow

Junior