The Waiting Game – Good luck everyone!

Application day has come and gone! We hope any lady ruggers, or any ladies who aspire to be ruggers, got their apps in by Jan 15 and have great luck getting accepted! Here’s an article about WHY Colgate has been voted the most beautiful campus in America to keep you going:

Did you apply? Did you already get in ED? Considering applying next year? Want more information? Make sure to fill out our Prospective Student form so Coach Lemal-Brown knows you’re out there and interested!



Playoff loss to UVM

Saturday, November 8th–Colgate Women’s Rugby vs. UVM

Because the Colgate Ruggers were excelsior league champions and undefeated (we never get tired of saying that :) ) The first round of playoffs was played at home vs. the University of Vermont team, who finished second in their league. UVM was also undefeated during the season and was given second place due to point differential. Two teams. Both accustomed to the sweet taste of victory–with no desire for their streak to end.

After a blustery and blizzardy Friday practice, both eyesight and numb hands hindering the ruggers playing ability, the Colgate Ruggers went to bed with high hopes for warmer temperatures and easier playing conditions for the match ahead. Oh were they in for a treat.

The sun rose above Colgate on Saturday morning to reveal a stunning winter wonderland–Colgate’s first real snow. Unfortunately, four feet of snow was less of a magical awakening for the rugby team and their coaches. The pitch was blanketed, not a 22 meter line in sight. So what did the Colgate ruggers do? Push the game back? Get a plow? Nope, shoveled the field with the help of coaches, fans, and parents alike. Everyone grabbed a shovel and slowly revealed the pitch below.

The match was 80 minutes of rucking, mauling, and tackling in cold, wet, Ireland-like conditions. There was not a girl on the pitch who did not leave the field worried that her frostbitten toes would never gain feeling again (personally my big toe still is tingling ominously). The Colgate women ruggers played with a spirit unmatched by any other game this season. An easy penalty kick in the second half put UVM up 0-3, and the score remained unchanged for the remainder of the match.

This humble commentator congratulates her teammates for their incredible hard-work this season and dedication to this crazy game that we love so much. A huge thank you to our Coach Anne-Marie for all of your support and time that you give to this team–we couldn’t do it without you!!!! Also thank you to the Men’s Rugby Coach, David Chapman for donating his time to our team for the last two weeks. Your expert knowledge and skill of the game was invaluable and we have no doubt that your coaching helped make it such an unbelievably close game. We are so glad you got bored :). Thank you also to Vicky, our new trainer for wrapping our broken bodies and providing unlimited ice and insight to our team. Thank you to Christina for her incredible support of our program and all the remarkable work she does to promote the seriousness and dedication we all have towards rugby at Colgate. And most of all, thank you to my team. This semester has been so memorable to so many of us. From the high after the Hamilton win to the low of the loss this weekend–the scrummies have made me tougher, my lineys have made sharper–and this team has grown and bonded in a way that none of us could have anticipated.

With you on and off the field, RIL

~Kate Hardock


THE DAY IS ALMOST HERE!!!! After finishing their season undefeated and as the Excelsior League champions, the Colgate ruggers are set to play UVM on Saturday, November 8th at 1pm at good old Academy Field.

There may be snow on the pitch, but the game will be hot with intensity!

Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose!

Or, as we like to say….

Full stands, big hands, can’t lose!

See you all tomorrow on the pitch. RIL.