Starting the season with an undefeated record, the women’s club rugby team is making significant strides toward back-to-back conference titles.
“We’re 3-0 right now, and we’re looking to keep it that way,” said Maggie Armstrong, a senior captain outside center.
The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point women’s club rugby team went undefeated through conference play last year, then fell in the first round of playoffs to Mankato.
Senior fly half Lisa Moehlmann would like to see a rematch against Mankato this year.
“They’re a tough team, but we only lost by a small amount,” Moehlmann said.
One of the things Armstrong wants to see carry over from last year is the intensity that helped bring home the title.
“As a team we decided that we wanted the championship and we got it,” Armstrong said. “We’re looking to do the same this year.”
With such a strong start to the women’s season, the rugby team wants to repeat their success from last year.
“I want us to keep making strides and improving and use that to secure the conference title two years in a row,” Moehlmann said.
Armstrong wants to go undefeated again this year.
“I would love to get the team in a good position and keep having fun,” Armstrong said.
Aside from Mankato, a couple teams will challenge UWSP’s women’s rugby team.
“Historically, La Crosse is probably the toughest team we play,” Armstrong said. “This year we play them for our last conference game at home.”
Oshkosh will also present a challenge for the team.
“The first three teams we played we dominated, so we need to stay prepared for tougher teams like Oshkosh and La Crosse,” said senior Stephanie Zuleger.
Zuleger said communication is key.
“It’s important that we stick together if we’re losing and build ourselves up to get back in it in the second half,” Zuleger said.
This is something that should not be difficult for the team with their level of trust.
“I feel like I can trust everyone. There’s something different the last two years,” Moehlmann said. “We all support each other. No one is greedy with the ball, and I think that really brought us together.”
This support system could be attributed to the solid group of leaders built by the seniors and officers.
“It just amazes me with this program how passionate they are for it,” Armstrong said.
The women’s rugby team is always recruiting.
“You can still join. It’s fun to teach other people the game and see the new people on the team start to grow,” Moehlmann said.
Zuleger is new to the sport this year and is happy with her choice to join the team.
“I didn’t know what to expect, but it was fun. You meet a lot of cool girls,” Zuleger said.
She is excited to see what the season has in store for her.
“My goal is to learn to play strong and help the team score,” Zuleger said.
Moehlmann was also unsure of what to expect her freshman year.
“Maggie dragged me out here, but now I wouldn’t give it up for anything,” Moehlman said. “Now I want to play after college.”