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Written by Alex Goff    Wednesday, 17 August 2011 16:46    PDF Print Write e-mail
Magleby Looking to Replicate US 7s Assembly
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Pati as a 2010 All American. Ian Muir photo

Kelm as 2010 All American. Ian Muir photo

Lambert playing 15s for Life. Pat Clifton photo

Jones in action for SMC. Mike Geib photo

Dave Martini making a tackle for UCLA in Las Vegas. Numina photo

Eloff in 15s DI final. Dobson Images

Muhn in CPD final. Paul Meyers photo

Acker in CRC Qualifier final in Vegas. Numina photo

Stanfill in same game as above. Ian Muir photo

Tiberio with the Lions at Club 7s Nationals. Dobson Images

All American Head Coach Alex Magleby knows a little bit about elite-level 7s assemblies.

The former USA 7s team captain hopes to replicate a national team 7s assembly when the All American 7s squad arrives in Chula Vista Saturday.

But he also knows his experience isn’t the be-all and end-all.

“The game and the IRB circuit have evolved since I played,” Magleby told RUGBYMag.com. “We have a lot of intellectual capital to draw from. Not just me, but Matt Hawkins, who will be in camp, Al Caravelli, our analyst Paul Golding, and former players such as Jason Raven and David Fee. There’s a lot of international 7s experience there.”

The All American players will arrive in Chula Vista on Saturday, get acquainted, and then get run through a series of fitness tests under Caravelli’s watchful eye on Sunday morning.

National Team Coach Caravelli will run the fitness tests in part because Magleby and Caravelli want all measurements to be consistent. Caravelli knows the numbers from his national team players, and he knows how he runs tests.

After that, the All Americans will play against the newly-named Southern California team. That type of hard-nosed scrimmage, too, is what players experience on the HSBC Sevens World Series.

“Our job is to see how these players do in an assembly,” said Magleby. “We put them under some duress on Sunday, recover, work through the week, and play a tournament on the next weekend. We try to replicate what they do on the IRB circuit. That way we can start to develop these players and not have Coach Caravelli have to do it in his camps.”

Several players who could have been involved in this camp are not there because of injury, school and work. Several players who performed well in the USA 7s Collegiate Rugby Championships now have started careers and can’t get away. Military commitments keep some away also. Others have injuries (highest-profile among them might be Ryan Roundy, who broke his leg playing for the All Americans in July).

But the 18 players in camp are impressive (even if some are a little banged up). They are coming in fit as all have been doing workouts through the summer and sending the results in to the coaching staff.

Twelve of the 18 will be chosen to play in the National All-Star Championships in nine days, while the remaining six will either be allocated to the injury player pool, or added to all-star squads to make teams 13-strong (with Caravelli adding one or two more prospects to fill out the squads).

“We have to be clear to the players what the goals are,” said Magleby. “In 15s we have two goals: the All American list, which lists the best collegiate players, and then the second is to develop players at the international level, where we pick players who have potential as Eagles. In 7s, we don’t have a specific college 7s season right now, so we’re picking an All American team based on players who we think can be international 7s players.”

USA All American 7s Squad
Muhammed Abdul-Shakoor (Dartmouth), Timothy Acker (Kutztown University), Nate Brakeley (Dartmouth), JP Eloff (Davenport University), Kyle Grossheider (Life University), Will Holder (Army), James Bubba Jones (St. Mary's College), Gareth Jones (Temple), Duncan Kelm (San Diego State University), Garrett Lambert (Life University), David Martini (University of California - Los Angeles), Rocco Mauer (Bowling Green State University), Dustin Muhn (University of California - Berkeley), Don Pati (University of Utah), Jayson Rego (University of Hawaii), Tim Stanfill (Central Washington University), Peter Tiberio (University of Arizona), Brett Willis (California State University - Sacramento)

 
Written by Press Release    Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:19    PDF Print Write e-mail
7s Collegiate All Americans Players Named
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BOULDER, Colo. -- The Men's Collegiate All-American Sevens team will assemble this Saturday August 20 to train in advance of the Emirates Airlines USA Rugby Men's All-Star Sevens Championship which begins on Friday August 26 at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.

Several All Americans played 7s this spring and summer. Peter Tiberio. Dobson Images
JP Eloff. Dobson Images
Tim Stanfill. Marvin Dangerfield

Head Coach Alexander Magleby coached the Men's Collegiate All-Americans Fifteens15s side to a 2-1 record over the New Zealand Universities in July, and will look to continue that success with the sevens side.  A former USA international himself, Magleby recognizes the importance of giving the top collegiate rugby athletes a high performance training environment.

“It’s important we find a way to give our elite student-athletes an opportunity to compete in high level sevens environments. We need to do a better job of preparing would-be Eagles before they arrive at Coach Caravelli’s door,” Magleby said expressing the need for players to be steeped in sevens-specific skills and knowledge before elevating to the USA Men's Sevens team coached by Al Caravelli.

Skills and knowledge are one thing, but performing at the highest level throughout the grind of a sevens tournament, tour, and season is crucially important to a player's and team's success.  The All-Americans have a great opportunity to exhibit their mental strength as well as their on-field prowess.

“In this assembly, it’s crucial that we create a demanding atmosphere to help identify players who thrive in what will be the more strenuous environment of the IRB Sevens World Series. The goal is to push the students throughout the assembly, not just in the match performances at the end.  Identifying who is a team player, a good tourist, and a growth mindset guy will be imperative to helping build the right depth in our national sevens team.”

Magleby has selected 18 players to attend the camp and tournament, all with the chance to prove themselves in front of National Team selectors including Caravelli.

"We have a diverse talent pool -- some speed, a handful of playmakers, and some restart winners. It's a good mix. A few players are slowly coming off the injured-reserved list, so we will have to do a decent job managing their contact reps. And,obviously with this end of August assembly some collegiate programs are well underway," said Magleby.

"The priority being academics at this stage, some would-be AAs are in full swing with their course work, so were unable to compete at this time. There were a handful of graduates who are now fully immersed into their 'professional' (non-rugby) lives by now, so they too were not considered for a national pathway side. Nonetheless, it's a well-rounded, fit and competitive group."

Men's Collegiate All-Americans Sevens

Muhammed Abdul-Shakoor (Dartmouth), Timothy Acker (Kutztown University), Nate Brakeley (Dartmouth), JP Eloff (Davenport University), Kyle Grossheider (Life University), Will Holder (Army), James Bubba Jones (St. Mary's College), Gareth Jones (Temple), Duncan Kelm (San Diego State University), Garrett Lambert (Life University), David Martini (University of California - Los Angeles), Rocco Mauer (Bowling Green State University), Dustin Muhn (University of California - Berkeley), Don Pati (University of Utah), Jayson Rego (University of Hawaii), Tim Stanfill (Central Washington University), Peter Tiberio (University of Arizona), Brett Willis (California State University - Sacramento)

 

 
Written by RUGBYMag Staff    Monday, 01 August 2011 18:07    PDF Print Write e-mail
Rozier's Boot Sees Women All Americans Through
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Boulder, Colo. – The 2011 Women’s Collegiate All-American Touring Side faced the CIS All-Canada team on Sunday in the Can-Am Tournament and narrowly escaped with a 23-21 victory that went down to the final minutes.

The two days in between the All American’s last match with the Canadian team proved invaluable, as they were able to produce 20 points Sunday against the 3 points they earned Thursday. Flyhalf Kimber Rozier led the way for the Women’s All-American Touring Side as she accumulated 18 points throughout the match.

Rozier’s first points came early on when in the eighth minute she was able to touch down and give the WCAA their first lead of Can-Am play. Her conversion brought the score to 7-0.

Faced with their first deficit in two matches, the CIS team quickly responded with a try and conversion by winger, Magali Harvey in the 15th minute. This was Harvey’s second try in as many matches and it leveled the score through the first quarter of play.

The All Americans answered the Canadians try within seven minutes and regained the lead when lock, Wendy Sherman, was able to power her way through the CIS defense on her way to the try zone. Rozier nailed her second conversion of the day and brought the score to 14-7 in favor of the Americans.

Rozier’s foot was steady throughout the entire first half; she made two conversions and in the 26th and 34th minutes she made two penalty kicks that stretched the US ladies lead to 13 points heading into the waning minutes of the first half.

The All American defense was on point throughout the remainder of the first half until CIS outside center Shannon Court scampered in for a try with no time left on the first half clock; the Harvey conversion brought the score to 20-14 in favor of the All Americans at halftime.

The next 20 minutes of play was a back and forth affair seeing multiple possession changes but no scoring. That was until the 64th minute when CIS flyhalf, Kate Foulds, scored a try to put the score at 20-19 with the conversion to come. Magali Harvey made the crucial kick and the Canadians took a 20-21 lead heading into the last 15 minutes of play.

With the pressure mounting and time running out, the All Americans morphed into early match form and forced CIS to commit a penalty in the 72nd minute.

Rozier was cool in taking the crucial kick and knocked it over to secure the 23-21 victory for the All Americans.

Women’s Collegiate All-Americans
Tries: Rozier, Sherman
Convs: Rozier 2
Pens: Rozier 3

CIS All-Canadians
Tries: Harvey, Court, Foulds
Convs: Harvey 3


Women’s Collegiate All-American Touring Side
15 Katie Lorenz (UNC-Chapel Hill)
14 Rebekah Siebach (BYU)
13 Katie O’Malley (Stonehill)
12 Ryan Carlyle (South Carolina)
11 Tyra McGrady (Indiana)
10 Kimber Rozier (c) (UNC-Chapel Hill)
9 Alyssa Baccarella (MIT)
1 Nwakaego Onyekwere (Penn St.)
2 Rachel Ryan (Wyoming)
3 Elizabeth Fierman (Northeastern)
4 Morgan Johnson (North Dakota State)
5 Wendy Sherman (Colorado State)
6 Joanna Kitlinski (Grand Valley State)
7 Kendra Klump (MSU-Mankato)
8 Laura Miller (St. Mary’s College of Md)

Reserves
16 Justina DeBruzzi (St. Thomas) on for O’Malley at 62
17 Brittany Houston (UW-Milwaukee) on for Baccarella at 66
18 Melissa Krug (Univ. Minnesota-Twin Cities)
19 Rebekah Knappe (Colorado State)
20 Kyle Armstrong (Penn State)
21 Evelyn Ashenbrucker (UC San Diego) on for Johnson at 53



CIS All-Canadian Team
15 Lisa Gauthier (St. Francis Xavier)
14 Jennifer Shotbolt (Univ. of Western Ontario)
13 Shannon Court (Univ. of Lethbridge)
12 Rachel McMaster (Univ. of Western Ontario)
11 Magali Harvey (St. Francis Xavier)
10 Kate Foulds (Univ. of Ottawa)
9 Susan Heald (Queen’s Univ.)
1 Briana Cunningham (Univ. of Waterloo)
2 Mary-Jane Kirby (Guelph Univ.)
3 Elie Papineau (Univ. Laval)
4 Abby Goodwin (Univ. of Victoria)
5 Randi Hunter (Univ. of Victoria)
6 Lea Leahy (Concordia Univ.)
7 Jessica Jacobs (St. Francis Xavier)
8 Sam Eyles (Univ. of Waterloo)

Reserves
16 Sumara Profit (Univ. of Prince Edward Island)
17 Steffany Hoffman (Univ. of Alberta) on for Hunter at 52
18 Chelsea Waldie (Univ. of Prince Edward Island) on for Court at 60
19 Cameron Hobbs (Univ. of Alberta) on for Goodman at 52
20 Elizabeth Mackinnon (Univ. of Calgary)
21 Andrea Wadsworth (Queen’s Univ.)
22 Natasha Watcham-Roy (Univ. of Ottawa)


 
Written by Press Release    Friday, 29 July 2011 16:24    PDF Print Write e-mail
CIS Beat Women AAs 19-3
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Saranac Lake, N.Y. - The Women’s Collegiate All-American (WCAA) Touring Side faced the CIS All-Canadian team on Thursday night in the 2011

Can-Am Rugby Tournament
in Saranac Lake, New York. The WCAA’s lost the match 19-3 and will have a rematch on Sunday in Bloomingdale, New York at 3:30PM.
The first thirty minutes of the match saw no scoring as a result of the solid defense by both sides.

The deadlock was finally broken when All-Canada Flanker, Jessica Jacobs, received a yellow card in the 32nd minute. The penalty allowed for the WCAA’s to mount a successful attack that led to a penalty kick by Brittany Houston in the 35th minute. The penalty was crucial for the WCAA as they had a slight 3-0 advantage, in an even match, heading into the halftime break.

Unfortunately for the WCAA’s the lead was short-lived due to a try in the 41st minute by All-Canada winger, Magali Harvey, who also made the conversion to give her team a 7-3 lead to begin the second half.

The All-Canada quick score after the break was the catalyst for their 19 unanswered points in the second half, as it gave them considerable momentum and put pressure on the WCAA’s to score in a defensive match.

The WCAA defense broke down again in the 55th minute and allowed All-Canada inside center, Shannon Court, to cross the try line. After Magali Harvey’s second conversion the score stood at 14-3 heading into the critical final 20 minutes of play.

Other than the two lapses that let in tries, the WCAA defense handled the All-Canada attack very well, which kept themselves in the game until the 78th minute when All-Canada replacement lock, Randi Hunter, scored the deciding try and finalized the score at 19-3.

Although the match did not end up the way the WCAA’s would have liked, their physical play and defense is something to build the offense off of for their rematch on Sunday. The match on Thursday was the first time the team has played together and they will surely benefit from its experience and the following days of rest and preparation.

The second and final match of the series will be played on Sunday, July 31 at 3:30 P.M. on Bloomingdale Field, Bloomingdale, New York.


All Americans 3
Pens:
Houston 


CIS All-Canada 19
Tries:
Harvey, Court, Hunter
Convs: Harvey 2 


Women’s Collegiate All-American Touring Side
15 Katie Lorenz (UNC-Chapel Hill)
14 Rebekah Siebach (BYU)
13 Justina DeBruzzi (St. Thomas)
12 Kristi Jackson (BYU)
11 Tyra McGrady (Indiana)
10 Kara Remington (BYU)
9 Brittany Houston (c) (UW-Milwaukee)
1 Rachel Ryan (Wyoming)
2 Joanna Kitlinski (Grand Valley State)
3 Elizabeth Fierman (Northeastern)
4 Kyle Armstrong (Penn State)
5 Wendy Sherman (Colorado State)
6 Candace Barley (Lee Univ.)
7 Kendra Klump (MSU-Mankato)
8 Laura Miller (St. Mary’s College of Md)

Reserves

16 Morgan Johnson (North Dakota State) (for Armstrong at 66)
17 Katie O’Malley (Stonehill)  (for Jackson at 76)
18 Evelyn Ashenbrucker (UC San Diego) (for Sherman at 46)
19 Rebekah Knappe (Colorado State) (for Krug at 76)
20 Kimber Rozier (c) (UNC-Chapel Hill) (for Remington at 63)
21 Melissa Krug (Univ. Minnesota-Twin Cities) (for Barley at 35)
22 Alyssa Baccarella (MIT)


CIS All-Canada
15 Lisa Gauthier (St. Francis Xavier)
14 Natasha Watcham-Roy (Univ. of Ottawa)
13 Andrea Wadsworth (Queen’s University)
12 Shannon Court (Univ. of Lethbridge)
11 Magali Harvey (St. Francis Xavier)
10 Kate Foulds (Univ. of Ottawa)
9 Elizabeth Mackinnon (Univ. of Calgary)
1 Briana Cunningham (Univ. of Waterloo)
2 Mary-Jane Kirby (Guelph Univ.)
3 Elie Papineau (Univ. Laval)
4 Steffany Hoffman (Univ. of Alberta)
5 Abby Goodwin (Univ. of Victoria)
6 Lea Leahy (Concordia Univ.)
7 Jessica Jacobs (St. Francis Xavier)
8 Sam Eyles (Univ. of Waterloo)

Reserves

16 Randi Hunter (Univ. of Victoria) (on for Hoffman at 31)
17 Sumara Profit (Univ. of Prince Edward Island) (on for Cunningham at 53)
18 Carmen Hobbs (Univ. of Alberta) (on for Eyeles at 53)
19 Chelsey Waldie (Univ. of Prince Edward Island) (on for Court at 63)
20 Susan Heald (Queen’s Univ.) (on for MacKinnon at 59)
21 Rachael McMaster (Univ. of Western Ontario) (on for Wadsworth at 40)
22 Jennifer Shotbolt (Univ. of Western Ontario) (on for Watcham-Roy at 59)








 
Written by RUGBYMag Staff    Thursday, 28 July 2011 14:41    PDF Print Write e-mail
Video: All Americans Navy SEAL Training
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The USA Rugby All Americans trained with the Navy SEALs prior to their three-game series with New Zealand Universities. The All Americans were put through rigorous workouts, and team manager Kevin Battle chronicled the endeavor and produced this video. Spoiler alert: it concludes with the team singing God Bless America in the ocean.

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