from rugby parent Rick Bellis -
The CMH Girls Rugby team traveled to Pittsfield, MA last week-end to participate in the High School Division 1 National Championships for the 3rd year in a row. CMH opened up play on Saturday against last years runner-up, Kent, WA. In a hard fought, even game CMH was down 15-10 when the game ended with CMH threatening to score on Kent's 20 meter line. Myra Dillet and Rebecca Haight scored Tries (touchdowns) for CMH.
CMH opend up play in the Consolation bracket with a 45-14 win over North Bay, MD. It was a close game until CMH dominated the second half. Tries were scored by Mary Biedlingmeier, Myra Dillet, Rebecca Haight (3), Liz Bellis, and Elli Metz.
On Sunday CMH played in the Consolation final against a team of Samoan girls from Danville, CA. It was a contrast of playing styles as CMH was the fitter team but undersized. A hard fought, close game had the score 5-0 in favor of Danville at half-time. Danville scored another try early in the second half to go up 12-0 but CMH bounced back mid-way through the half with a Julie Else try to cut the deficit to 12-5. The game ended when Danville scored a late try at the final whistle for a final score of 17-5. The Dartmouth Woman's college coach spoke with both teams after the game and said it was the best game of the tournament.
The U20 US National team coaches were in attendance scouting players and voting on the All-Tournament team. Maggie Wesolowski, Rebecca Haight and Liz Bellis were named the best players at their position and were in the group of 15 players named to the All-Tournament team.
It was a successful year for CMH Rugby finishing 6th in the Nation out of 500 high school teams in the US. In addition 4 CMH players recieved full or partial scholarships to continue playing Rugby in college. Molly Langhenry will play at Northern Iowa, Julie Else will play at Norwich and Rebecca Haight and Maggie Wesolowski will play at Quinnipiac University.
The Lady Crusader Ruggers will end their year with the Olympic style (7 players vs. 15) Rugby State Tournament held at the Brookfield Soccer Complex Outdoor fields on May 31st. located at W212N4933 Weyer Rd Menomonee Falls, WI 53051. The JV bracket matches take place at 9:40am,11:40am, and 12:40am, with the varsity matches taking place at 1:20pm, 2:40 or 3pm, and 4:20 or 5pm based on winning or losing.
The Senior class will be missed as 8 starters are graduating. Maggie Wesolowski, Rebecca Haight, Julie Else, Alexa Jaeger, Becky Calhoun, Liz Bellis, Molly Langhenry and Mary Beidingmeier all made significant contributions to the success of CMH Girls Rugby. CMH Rugby Coach John Waliszewski can be contacted at email@example.com . Rugby is a school sponsored Varsity and Junior Varsity sport that has a no cut policy. The team’s edline page can be viewed here.