Jan. 26: On a beautiful Parents Field on Jan. 26, the Claremont Foxes opened up their 2019 league campaign with a 53-27 defeat of Mira Costa College. The keys to the victory were the outstanding performance of Jessie Ribera (PZ’19), and the solid play of Maya Nichols (SC’22), Victoria Merino (HM’20), and Kendal Kipper (PO’20). Debutant Laila Kent (SC’22) scored a try while the Fox high scorer was ALI Parker (SC’20) who scored 3 tries, 1 penalty and 4 conversions. The win leaves the Foxes 1-0 in league play as they head into their match next week at UC-Irvine (0-2).
Feb. 2: The UCI Anteaters and the Claremont Foxes had a common enemy on Saturday: the weatherman. A driving rainstorm forced the game to be moved from UCI’s campus to the Pomona Turf Field. Once the ball was put in play however, the weather was forgotten as the 2 teams got down to playING some high class rugby. Weathering the storm the best were the Foxes who ran out 60-5 victors. The keys to the victory were the outstanding performance of Karen Alpuche (PO’20), and the solid play off the bench of Becky Monroy (CM’19) and Margaret Krause (SC’22). The win leaves the Foxes 2-0 in league play as they head into their match next week against Long Beach State (2-0) at 11 am on Parents Field.
Feb. 9: It was a clash of the titans on Parents Field last Saturday as the Claremont Foxes (2-0) took on the 49ers of Long Beach State (2-0). Both teams played an attacking style of rugby that was enjoyable for . The keys to the victory were the outstanding performances of Margaret Kruas (SC’22) and Jessie Ribera (PZ’19), and the leadership of Rachel Sun (HM’19) The win leaves the Foxes 3-0 in league play as they head into their match next week against University of California-Riverside (0-3) on Saturday at 11 a.m. on Parents Field.
Feb. 16: The Claremont Foxes (3-0) travelled to Riverside to take on the UC-Riverside Highlanders (0-3). While rain during the week had left the field soft underfoot, the Foxes stuck to their game plan of aggressive, attacking rugby. In the end, the Foxes scored 7 tries to the Highlanders’ 2, running out 41-14 winners. Strong Wing play was key as Anastasia Lavongtheung (SC’21) scored 4 tries and Ana Rebeca Monroy (CMC’19) added another. Lavongtheung was recently selected to play for the Laotian National Team. Also important was the hard running of forwards Sage Fletcher (PZ’22) and Lucy Paddock (HM’22), and the leadership of Karen Alpuche (PO’19), The win leaves the Foxes 4-0 in league play as travel to archrival Occidental College next week.
March 11: It was a day of returns last Saturday as the UC-Riverside Highlanders (0-5) traveled to Parents Field to take on the Claremont Foxes (5-0) for a Pacific Desert Rugby Conference Playoff Game. The teams had squared off just 3 weeks before with Claremont running out 41-14 winners. Also, key Foxes Dana Alimena (PZ’19), Dayla Woller (SC’21), Michelle Ramirez (SC’20), and Autumn Herness (HM’20) returned from season long injuries. They added to the Fox firepower that was too much for the Highlanders with Claremont winning 49-5. Ali Parker (SC’20) was magisterial at Fly Half and Kendal Kipper (PO’20) ran in 2 tries from the Wing with Herness and Woller adding a try apiece.The loss ends UCR’s season at a hard luck 0-6. The win qualifies the Foxes (6-0) for a seed in the National Playoffs (April 20-21), most likely in the West Regional at Chico, CA.
In 2018, the Claremont Colleges Women’s Rugby team won the Gold Coast Conference of Intercollegiate Rugby Women’s DIV II Title, compiling a 6-0 regular season record. They qualified for the USARugby National Playoffs. They defeated Santa Clara, University of Nevada-Reno, and Salisbury (Maryland) to reach the title game against Tulane. The Foxes dropped the hard fought match 31-14 to finish as National Runners-Up in their first DIV II season.
In 2017, the team successfully defended their 2016 USA Rugby DIV III West Region Championship (rebranded in 2017 as the National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) Pacific Coast Championship) with a 39-10 defeat of Cal State-Monterrey.
----The Claremont Foxes are a collegiate women's rugby team consisting of players from all five of the Claremont Colleges. The organization was founded in 1995, and is a Division II team that plays against other schools in Southern California.
The Foxes are a tight-knit community of athletes and friends who share a love for rugby. The team has many traditions, including a holiday party with a "Secret Rugger" gift exchange, an end-of-season party, and "Prom Rugby."
They always welcome new players, no experience necessary!
For more information, please visit the team's Facebook page, and find them on Instagram @claremontfoxes14!
Director of Rugby: Evan Wollen (evan.Wollen@claremontmckenna.edu)
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