Pleasanton Weekly

Sports - June 13, 2014

Lady Cavaliers win national title

Local rugby team dominates tourney in Massachusetts

by Jeremy Walsh

Pleasanton's Lady Cavaliers rugby team returned home from Massachusetts with a national championship crown last month.

The No. 1-seeded Lady Cavaliers defeated its three opponents by a combined score of 156-3 en route to earning the Division 2 title during the National High School Rugby Championships May 17 and 18.

"Everyone involved with Cavaliers Rugby is extremely thrilled with the Lady Cavaliers season and national championship win," club president Richard Reynolds said. "This championship opens the door for Cavaliers Rugby and puts the club and our players on the map for tours, national tournaments, all-star team selections and college scholarships."

The local squad began the tournament in Pittsfield, Mass., with an 83-0 victory over the team from State College, Pa.

The Lady Cavaliers posted another shutout in their next match, a 48-0 win against Kingston, N.Y. They clinched the national title with a 25-3 victory in the final against No. 3 seed from Morris, N.J.

The championship run capped a 2014 season that included finishing NorCal league play at 5-0 while outscoring opponents 229-39 in those matches.

The ride to the top has been relatively quick for the Lady Cavaliers, which first formed three years ago.

"To go from a single sophomore girl in 2011 to national champions in three years is nothing short of incredible," Reynolds said.

Eleven team members are graduating seniors this year, and many plan to move on to top women's college rugby programs, according to Reynolds.

The Lady Cavaliers club will continue to play in a series of tournaments throughout the summer, and the team will hold weekly practices on Fridays at 5:30 p.m. at Emerald Glen Park in Dublin.

High school and middle school girls interested in participating can contact Reynolds at president@cavaliersrugby.com.

Comments

Posted by Bill Roskopf, a resident of Bordeaux Estates
on Jun 14, 2014 at 8:05 am

Great team, great accomplishment, great coaches, great organization!! Very proud of these amazing young ladies!!


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