SPORTS

Sweet Sixteen Season

Sweet Sixteen Season
Forward and captain: From left, Carvajal and Pascual. Photo by Charles Barry.
by Nicole Giove '12 |
In the season ending in April, women's rugby is ranked nationally for the first time since its establishment.

Call the team “tiny, clean, and focused,” as Rugby Magazine did last spring—but be sure to pay the Bronco Rugby Union Women’s Side their due: In the season that ended in April, they earned a spot in the Sweet 16 Championships in San Diego and wound up ranked No. 15 in the nation.

Women’s rugby was established as a club sport at SCU in 1997, but this was the first time it has been ranked nationally. Captain and economics major Angelina Pascual ’11 didn’t mind being pegged as an underdog. “It is probably the rugger in me speaking, but who wouldn’t want to be able to take down someone twice your size?”

Among the victories: These Division II women in Bronco jerseys felled the Division I U.C. Santa Cruz Banana Slugs 108–0, earning designation as the top women’s rugby team in Northern California.

Two All-Americans led the team: forward and political science major Ana Carvajal ’13 and back Pascual, who plans to return to the team this year as she pursues her MBA at Santa Clara. The next scrum season begins winter quarter.

Spring 2014

Table of contents

Features

Radiant house

Building a house for the 2013 Solar Decathlon. That, and changing the world.

Américas cuisine

Telling a delicious tale of food and family with chef David Cordúa ’04.

Lessons from the field

Taut and tranquil moments in Afghanistan—an essay in words and images.

Mission Matters

Carried with compassion

The Dalai Lama’s first visit to Santa Clara.

Farther afield

Building safer houses in Ecuador. Research on capuchin monkeys in Costa Rica. Helping empower girls in The Gambia. And this is just the beginning for the Johnson Scholars Program.

What connects us

The annual State of the University address, including some fabulous news for the arts and humanities. And the announcement of Santa Clara 2020, a new vision for the University.