Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Wisconsin's D1 Collegiate Programs

Last week we linked to the Wisconsin D2 Collegiate Women's Conference, The Great Waters Women's Conference.  This week we turn to the two D1 Collegiate programs in our state and the WGR alumni who are playing the game throughout our state.

The Wisconsin Rugby Union has links and contact info for all the collegiate programs.

UW-Madison is the oldest women's program in the state.  Former KM rugger, Taylor Rozman, can be seen playing there.  She's been spotted reffing as well, so some current ruggers may run into her from time to time.  Memorial alumns Erin Kautz and Kristina Zignego are there too.

UW-Milwaukee:  Word on the street is that former KM coach Liz Entwhistle has joined the coaching staff and that the roster size has been growing.  Former DSHA scumhalf Alyssa Blavat has played there for years, along with KM's Lauren Becker, CMH's Holly Bohlman,Vernon's Sam Bruni, and some others whose names escape us at the moment!

It was a tough week in their opening weekend of D1 play, but for different reasons.  UWM played one of the top programs in the country, UNI.  Northern Iowa has loaded up with Wisconsin talent in recent years, adding Memorial flanker Eileen Lieb to this fall's incoming freshman class.  She joins former KM captain Talia Carrasquillo, and Brookfield center Kaisee Wiesmeuller .  Both Talia and Kaisee are Kevin Higgins Scholarship winners from 2011.  Not sure if Kaisee is back playing, as she injured a knee a few seasons, but she had made an immediate impact upon her arrival, as did Talia who jumped right into the starting lineup upon her arrival.

Madison lost a close one to a good side, U of Minn., who coincidently have former CMH flanker Ellen Moyer joining their squad this fall as well.   Best of luck to all the D1 programs.

Thunderbird Conference
Sept 21st, 2013
Minnesota 33-31 UW Madison
Northern Iowa 134-0 UW Milwaukee
Lindenwood 84-7 Western Illinois
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