December 16, 2010

Women's Rugby: Building a Stronger Program

"We've become more than a team; we've become a family."

In fall of 2002, three Wentworth women went out for the men’s rugby team. The absence of a women’s program resulted in a temporarily co-ed club, an uncommon practice in the rugby community. It was these women that ultimately founded the Wentworth women’s rugby club team in 2003. After seven years and two trips to national competitions, they continue to grow and work toward building a stronger program.

The women’s rugby team currently has 41 women on the roster, 17 of whom are returning players. “We had more rookies show up this year to play than we’ve ever had in the past,” says Karen “Willy” Goudreau, captain and team secretary.

This season, the team placed fourth in the Division III New England Rugby Football Union East conference, but their 2-3 record does not reflect the overall success of the season. “We handily beat Colby-Sawyer [College],” says Head Coach Keith Cattanach, BCOT ’03. “But they enjoyed playing us so much that they called back a week later asking to play us again; that we made them stronger players.”

While the team flies the Wentworth colors, any female student attending one of the Colleges of the Fenway is eligible to join. In fact, the three team captains, Laura Sau, Christine DiBiase, and Goudreau, all attend different colleges: Wentworth Institute of Technology, Emmanuel College, and Simmons College, respectively.

Overall, Cattanach says the success of the program is evident both on and off the pitch. “The players are dedicated to making the team better,” he says. “They want to play good rugby.” The team’s increased camaraderie has boosted their level of play. “We’ve become more than a team,” says Goudreau. “We’ve become a family.”

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