2010 USA Women's Collegiate All-Americans

2010 BYU All-Americans Kayla, Keelia and Star. Absent: Kristi and Kirsten

BOULDER, Colo. - Following last weekend's National Collegiate Championships, USA Rugby has officially selected the 2010 Women's Collegiate All-American Teams today.

This honor is bestowed upon the best women collegiate rugby players in the country and recognizes a high standard of performance throughout the year.

The 2010 selection panel included Women’s National Team Coach Kathy Flores, Women’s National Sevens Team Coach Ric Suggitt, Women’s National ‘A’ Team Coach Martha Daines, Women’s National Under-20 Coach Bryn Chivers, Women’s Collegiate All-American Touring Squad Coach Lisa Rosen and the Women’s High Performance Manager Alex Williams.

The goals of the nomination process were to ensure that all athletes in all divisions had an opportunity to be viewed, whether their teams made the playoffs or not, and to ensure that consistent information was submitted for each nominated athlete. The process was robust and inclusive and a large pool of athletes was nominated. The selection panel was very pleased with the participation in the process and hopes to expand participation even further next year.

The All-Americans were selected on the basis of match video submissions and/or performance at Collegiate Playoffs and Championships, all of which were viewed by members of the selection panel. Athletes from all collegiate divisions were considered for selection as First Team or Second Team Collegiate All-Americans.

"I would like to congratulate all of the Women's Collegiate All-Americans named below," said Williams. "It was a challenging task for the selection panel to narrow down this list. We are very happy to honor the selected athletes, their coaches and schools for their selection as a Women's Collegiate All-American."

To Pray or Play, That Is Not a Question

By David Whitley
National Columnist - AOL News -
Published 4/18/2010

SANFORD, Fla. -- The field was empty Sunday. Just a day earlier, the BYU women's rugby players had happily posed for a team photo under the stadium's scoreboard.

The lights said the Cougars had just beaten Wisconsin-Milwaukee 46-7. The score didn't begin to tell their story.

"We won today," Coach Tom Waqa said. "But the girls' biggest opponent is tomorrow. That is adversity."

US Collegiate AA Center Kristi Jackson on the move for BYU.

With a national championship in sight, the Cougars walked away. To advance meant they would have to play Sunday.

As in the Sabbath. As in keep it holy.

As in bye-bye championship.

"It's bittersweet," team captain Kirsten Siebach said. "But it was a decision we had to make."

The players are all members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Perhaps you know them as Mormons. By any name, what they did is almost unheard of these days.

Imagine Kentucky forfeiting a chance to make the Final Four. John Calipari probably wouldn't get a bonus for placing religion ahead of basketball. Or is there a difference in Kentucky?

BYU is the updated Title IX version of Chariots of Fire. In that movie, Scotsman Eric Liddell refused to run in the 100 meters in the 1924 Olympics because it fell on a Sunday.

Instead of running his specialty, the devout Christian started training for the 400 meters. Newspapers called Liddell a traitor to his country. He persevered and won a gold medal.

B.Y.U. Women’s Rugby Team Will Forfeit if It Reaches Sunday Game

BYU Womens Cougars 2010 Playoff


Published: April 15, 2010

The women on Brigham Young University’s club rugby team had every reason to expect that they would make it to the quarterfinals of the national college playoffs this weekend in Florida and California.

The Cougars advanced that far in last year’s tournament, losing to Penn State, the eventual champion. This year, they are ranked sixth in Division I by “We have a good shot,” said Kirsten Siebach, the team captain. “We’re certainly one of the top rugby teams in the country.”

No matter their performance, however, B.Y.U. will not advance past the Round of 16 this weekend. Siebach said all 35 team members are practicing Mormons, and because USA Rugby scheduled that round on Sunday, the team has decided to forfeit if it wins its game Saturday against Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

“We’re obviously just very frustrated,” said Siebach, a senior. “We don’t want to put USA Rugby in a bad light, but at the same time we feel like we’ve been treated wrongly.”

BYU 46 UW-Milwaukee 7 - Sweet 16

BYU Cougars Team Photo - Sweet 16, Sanford, Florida. BYU 46 UW-Mil 7

SANFORD, FL - Pacific Coast #3 seed BYU Womens Cougars overcame a determined Mid West #1 UW-Milwaukee team by winning 46 - 7. The Cougars have to overcome enormous pressure not only from UW-Milwaukee rugby team but also from the media, and the public. With a possible forfeit in sight, the Cougars did not allow that to be a distraction. They quickly went to work. Rebecca Bunnell started of with a try on the overlap and Star Bollinger converted to make that 7-0 about 12 minutes into the game. UW came back strongly with a well executed try to level it 7-7. The game sea sawed for a while until towards the end the half when Kristi Jackson broke through the middle to score. Star converted to make it 14-7. Another quick drive by the Cougars led to a try by Kristi Jackson again to make it 19 - 7 at the half.

Womens Cougars picked it up from the second half. Star Bollinger started off the second when she gathered a loose ball on half way mark, and raced for the corner to score. She hit the cross bar trying to convert from the corner. Cougars up by 24 - 7. Star again slotted a penalty kick to make it 27 - 7. UW - Mil tried coming back using their forwards, but the Cougars applied a lot of pressure in the breakdowns and forced turnovers.

Kristi Jackson scored her 3rd try of the day, when she intercepted the ball inside UW-Milwaukee 22m line, and scored underneath the posts. Star converted to make it 34 - 7. Play went on with Cougars establishing field position inside UW-Milwaukee. A quick ball movement allowed Rebekah Siebach to break free and scored, but the try was disallowed. Cougars used the same momentum to force a turnover, and from a lineout, mauled their way to the try line. Try was awarded to Kirsten Siebach to make that 39 - 7.

WCR 15 Cal 5

Sweet 16 Collegiate Championship - BYU Cougars Pack 2010

Davis, CA - Cougar Women defeated Cal 15 - 5 on Saturday April 3, 2010 to take third seed in Pacific Coast Womens DI Collegiate. The girls fought off a much determined Cal team. Keelia Harker, Star Bollinger, and Kirsten Siebach scored for the Cougars.

Halftime score was 15 - 5. And second half Cougars kept applying pressure with most of the game played on Cal half, and enjoyed majority of possession, but failed to put points on the board, which is worry for Coach Tom.

It is important to note that Cougars had one clear try disallowed, and missed a couple of penalties kicks. It was not a good day for the Cougars at the kicking tee.

They now look forward to National Womens DI Collegiate Sweet 16 in Sanford, Florida on April 16 and 17, 2010.

-Web Editor

WCR 12 Stanford 19

Davis, CA - Stanford edged WCR in the Pacific Coast Playoffs Friday April 2, 2010 winning the game in the last 5 minutes 19 - 12. Under intense rainy, and wet conditions, Stanford fought off a determined effort by the Cougars.

The score was 12 - 7 at halftime with Kristi Jackson dotting down an individual try effort underneath the cross bar. Cougars opened up the scoring in the second half with a try to Rebecca Siebach. With score level at 12-12, Cougars applied pressure only to be denied by a try by Jessica Watkins of Stanford.

This is written with a grain of salt with officiating crew for this game putting on a sub par performance.

Cougars still have a chance to qualify for Nationals as No. 3 seed if they beat Cal on Saturday April 3, 2010.

-Web Editor

WCR B 20 UVU 14

Provo, UT - Womens Cougars B squad took on the UVU side Saturday March 27, 2010 and won 20 to 14. It was a gutsy effort by the new recruits, some playing their 80 minute game of rugby for the first time. The new girls held their own against a much bigger UVU pack.

Center Rebekah Siebach opened the scoring with a 50m try underneath the post. UVU replied just after that with a try of their own to make it 7-5. Chanel Arts (flyhalf) managed to slot in a penalty right before the half to make it 8-7 at half time.

Second half started with both teams trying to establish good position. UVU scored another try to make it 14 - 7. Center Rebekah Siebach scored her second try but conversion was unsuccessful. Chanel Arts finally put the game away in the dying minutes with her try underneath the post and converted her own try to make it 20 - 14.

There are a lot of potential on this new squad and Coach Tom will surely rebuild from standout players on the B team.

-Web Editor

WCR 52 Cal 7

Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA - The Womens Cougar's placed another stamp on their quest for Nationals by downing Cal 52 - 7 on Saturday March 20, 2010. The Cougars started off a little slow but managed to find their rhythm later in the game. Cal got on the board first with a try in the first 5 minutes of the game, but it was all BYU Cougars after that.

The forwards were able to hold their own against a bigger Cal pack. The backs did the rest for them. Centers Star Bollinger and Kristi Jackson were outstanding, and they were well supported by wingers Kara Remington, and Keelia Harker. Rebecca Bunnell was also at her usual best covering at fullback.

The Cougars now move to Second round of Pacific Coast Playoff with a showdown with Stanford on Friday April 2. Win or Lose, they will meet the winner or loser from Cal/Davis game. It would be double elimination for these teams, with the top 3 seeds going to Nationals.

-Web Editor

WCR 78 Sacramento State 0

Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA - Women's Cougars put on fine display of running rugby at 2pm on March 19th to beat NorCal #4 seed Sacramento State 78 - 0. The girls played their heart out to make it to the second round of Pacific Coast Round 2 Playoffs.

Center Star Bollinger was outstanding for the Cougars with 2 tries, 6 conversions, and 3 penalties. No. 8 Samantha Wright helped the course with 3 tries of her own. WCR 78 Sac St 0.

-Web Editor

WCR 25 USU 10

Provo, UT - The Womens Cougars overcame a strong USU performance to win at home in Fort Utah Park by 25 - 10. The Cougars started the half camping on USU territory but were unable to finish drives and put together a scoring drive.  Under wet and slippery conditions, the cougars had a hard time controlling the ball in the breakdowns or tackle area. Star Bollinger slotted two penalties to make that 6 - 0.  USU came back with a good drive and slotted a penalty to make it 6 - 3 at the half.

The Cougars started the second half with a vengeance, and scored two tries coming from Kayla Ellingson. One coming from a break by winger Kara Remington  and off loading to Kayla on the inside. Kayla's other try was a result of a good drive by the forwards, and she picked it up, and dived over. Star and Becky B converted to make that 20 - 3. Utah State Aggies applied some good defensive pressure and prevented some try scoring opportunities.

Finally flanker Kirsten Siebach intercepted a pass on the Aggies 22 meter line, and beat one defender with a devastating side step to score beside the cross bar. Conversion was missed and score 25 - 3. Utah State scored a final consolation try and converted to make that 25 - 10.

"The Aggies gave us a really good game to prepare us for the playoff, my hats off to them. That team is coming along very well." Coach Tom.

-Cougar News Editor