Published 01/09/09

Women’s Rugby club team captures Division III national championship

January 9, 2009

Bryant added yet another piece of hardware to the trophy case as Women’s Rugby captured the Division III National Small College Rugby Organization national championship. The title is the first in the history of Bryant women’s rugby.

Rosanna Harter ’10 (Southbridge, MA) was named Most Valuable Player of the championship match.

“Being named MVP was an amazing honor,” says Harter, a marketing concentrator. “I could not have done this without my teammates’ support and constant encouragement. For the past two-and-a-half years, we have become closer as we all worked towards the same goal – to ultimately become champions.”

Ashley Crawford ’09 (Lynnfield, MA), president of the organization, says they exceeded all of their expectations during the historic season.

“Our team worked so hard to make it to the nationals,” says Crawford, also a marketing concentrator. “We were happy just to make it that far. Winning the national championship and having an undefeated season was beyond anything that we could have ever dreamed of.”

Crawford and Harter both attributed much of the team’s success to their coach, Eric Catalozzi, who took the helm the spring of 2007.

“He has taught us so much over the last two years and has dedicated his time and expertise to making us the best we can be,” says Crawford. “He believed in us and pushed us to get the best out of ourselves.”

“He instilled in us that we could be champions,” adds Harter.

Over the last two seasons, team members developed a special bond with each other. “We are best friends on and off the field,” says Crawford. “Having that camaraderie helped us adapt to each other’s strengths and weaknesses. We were all happy to see each other succeed because we understood it was about the team, not the individual.”