WJAAs eager to defend 2015 Can-Am Series title

OTTAWA – In August of 2015, the AIG Women’s Junior All-Americans accomplished something remarkable for most USA Rugby programs: they beat Canada. Twice.

With a closer game to kick the series off with, ending in a score of 38-22, the All-Americans closed the gap in the second match with a 32-5 performance over Canada’s U-20s.

After taking a year off from competition assembly, the majority of that victorious squad has aged out, allowing for a younger group to step up this Can-Am Series. Only Dartmouth’s Kat Ramage and Central Washington’s Michel Navarro got to experience the victories the last time these two programs met. New team aside, Head Coach Wil Snape is nothing but excited for this talented group.

“The expectation is for them to do their best. It is one thing to get selected for the tour, but it’s up to them to raise the standard,” said Snape. “Canada is always a physical opponent that plays with speed. The team will need to rise to the challenge and perform better than those who wore the jersey before them.”

The WJAA’s look to meet the challenge in their first match of the 2017 Can-Am Series Thursday, August 3rd, at the University of Ottawa’s Gee Gee’s Field at 6:00 p.m. ET. The match will be streamed live and can be viewed on Rugby Canada’s Facebook page.

AIG Women’s Junior All-Americans | Can-Am Series Match #1
1. Kristina Tomelloso
2. Kat Ramage
3. Hannah Lewandowski
4. Milla Anderson (VC)
5. Taylor Makowski
6. Edna Manoa
7. Michel Navarro
8. Adi Finau Tamaivena
9. Mary-Jane Pasioles
10. Bayleigh Gable
11. Alexandra Strasser
12. Suiluana A’au (C)
13. Emily Henrich
14. Kainoawaianuhea Ah Quin
15. Lilly Durbin
16. Jade Garcia
17. Michele Reyes
18. Annie Rolf
19. Joanna Moreira
20. Caitlin Weigel
21. Olivia Ortiz
22. Becca Jane Rosko
23. Natalie Gray

AIG Women’s Junior All-Americans | Coaching Staff
Wil Snape – Head Coach
Kitt Ruiz – Assistant Coach
Katie Dowty – Assistant Coach
Annemarie Farrell – Manager
Katherine Henry – Physiotherapist
Kaylee Howard – Manager
Diane Watanabe – Physiotherapist
Terrance Cronin – MD
Craig Wilson – Videoanalyst
Rich Humm – Coach Advisor