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Sheara Williamson Named to US National Team

Sheara Williamson '99 has been named by the US Women's National Team Head Coach Kathy Flores an ESU alumni herself to the national team for two upcoming matches versus Canada. Below is the article about the team.

August 7, 2007 - The US national women's team yesterday announced the squad of players set to play Canada August 27 and 29.

The series of matches was intended to be something of an NA4 for women, but has now been reduced to two games between the same two squads. The games will be held at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn. The Eagles will assemble Friday, August 24 to prepare for the two matches.

Head coach Kathy Flores was true to her word to target youth, as only a few players from last year's World Cup squad, notable flanker Kristen Zdanczewicz and prop Jamie Burke, are back for 2007 and the beginning of new World Cup cycle.

Several players who were first exposed to international play through the 7s program are in, as well as a host of graduates from the USA U23 team. In addition, Flores has selected for the first time a graduate of the four-year-old U19 program, with Cornell standout Meg Crapster-Pregont given a shot.

And while the top clubs like Berkeley, Minnesota and New York have players on this club, Philadelphia has four players names, and Cleveland also has one names as NASC MVP Sara Leary is on the squad.

Many questions remain regarding the USA women's team. With Burke a star already at prop, Mari Wallace back at hooker, and Zdancewicz the queen of the back row, there remains huge questions about who will patrol the lock position. Scrumhalf, too, is open, but there are several experienced players, probably led by previously-capped Rose Whitmore, there. Flyhalf is compeltely wide open. Flores brought in Heather Hale to play there in 2006, opting for experience. Now she has youth and someone who needs to step up.

If someone does, they have a host of very talented players on the outside.


 

Alumni Day is May 5th

                                                               

Calling all Alum's!!!! Show your support for the the rugby programs and make it back to campus for Alumni Day. As of right now the final plans are in the works. When the schedule is set I will post later. If interested in helping please contact me.


 

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