Stanford Women’s Rugby opened their season with an away trip to Chico State on Saturday. With great excitement, SWR welcomed back juniors from their fall quarter abroad and looked to integrate a large rookie class. Unfortunately, Stanford ran into a well drilled and experienced Chico State team. The inexperienced Stanford outside backs had a difficult containing the pacey Chico offense. The standouts for Stanford were in the forwards, where the front row were able to take three scrums against the feed and the flankers, Anna Park ’19 and Kathryn Treder ’18, went over for tries.
In the second team match, SWR was excited to start a mostly rookie team. It was fantastic to see winger, Mariah Ward ’21, stretch out for long range tries as the backline looked to exploit the space out wide. In the forwards, the standout with her strong runs was Melinda Hernandez ’21. It will be an exciting future with so many of the freshmen developing throughout the course of the match.
First XV 17 v 48 Chico State
Second XV 15 v 30 Chico State
(Photo credit: Hector Garcia-Molina)
This past weekend Stanford Rugby hosted the Stanford 10s rookie tournament. Teams from UC Davis, Chico State, Cal and Stanford took part in the event, designed to get rookies from each team playing and learning early in the season.
For Stanford, 23 Rookies got their first taste of rugby action on Steuber field! They learned a lot about the game and had fun doing it. Although all the rookies played some great rugby, a special mention should go to Isis Anderson (’22) who scored a Hat-trick of tries against UC Davis and Izabel “izzy” Jo (’21) for stand-out tireless running and strong defense. Arielle Williams (’22) also showed great versatility during the day switching from back to forward and doing a great job whatever was asked of her.
Thank you to all who came out to support us! We look forward to continuing our learning with a game against Cal Poly Friday night under the lights.
(Photo credit: Phil Kidd)
Credit: Hector Gracia Molina
Stanford Women’s Rugby will compete in the Pacific Mountain Rugby Conference during the winter quarter. The West division has expanded to include Humboldt State and continues to be a home and away format. With the transition away from pre-selection for D1 Elite, Stanford will return look to return to the Pacific Mountain Rugby Conference play-offs against fierce local competition. The schedule is loaded with matches including a double weekend at the start of the February.
UC Davis finished last season as the USA Rugby D1 Women’s Spring Champions and will host Stanford in the first match of the season for the Cardinal on Friday, January 27. The match and the return contest on Saturday, March 11 will provide bench marks for both teams in the division.
The other team to split matches with Stanford last season, Chico State, will provide a unique challenge for this season. The matches are a week apart with the home league on Saturday, February 11 and the away on February 18.
After a year of transition, Cal will look to build a strong challenge this year. With the first match on Sunday, February 5, the second game of a double weekend and the return on Saturday, February 25 on Family Weekend.
Finally, the Cardinal will host newcomers Humboldt State on Saturday, February 4 and head upstate on Saturday, March 4. It is great to see the team return to D1 after many exciting encounters in the past.
Steuber Stadium will host the Pacific Mountain Conference Play-offs on March 25-26.