History

DWRFC was formed in the spring of 1992, an effort spearheaded by Brooke Hopkins (C’93), Amy Kline (C’93), and Nancy Modessit (C’93). The team was coached by DRFC alum Evin Lederman (C’91) for a few semesters, with assistance from fellow alum Tom Tani (C’78), an experienced referee, who eventually assumed head coaching responsibilities. In Spring 1993, DWRFC gained its independence as a probational club under ECAB.

According to Coach Lederman, after its inception there were some difficult semesters where the team did not recruit enough people to have decent practices. But within a few semesters the team had expanded into a successful, competitive side, with Emily Riggs (C’96) scoring the team’s very first try in a scrimmage in the spring of her senior year. DWRFC never won a game or even scored a try in a league game until Fall 1996, after the original team members had all graduated. Yet, Dana Evans (C’96) recalls that DWRFC was the first team to have a full calendar each season–because The Brewsers were always the most fun and easiest to beat!

For several years in the mid-1990’s, DWRFC hosted local teams in the New York Metropolitan Union’s tri-state clinic for college-level women’s rugby. The clinics were sponsored by Kaliber (the non-alcoholic beer produced by Guinness), and run by players from the Morris Women’s Club.

From 2004-2005, the team was coached by Mike Stala, who passed away in June 2006 after a tough battle with lymphoma. DWRFC alumna Steph Lomurro (C’06) then coached the team for a few semesters after she graduated. In Fall 2007, under the coaching of Tim Dobbs (who also coached the men’s team) DWRFC made it to the DIII playoffs, with a record of 3-3. Drew hosted the playoff games at Mennen Sports Arena on Oct. 28, but lost to Marist College for a 4th place finish.

After Coach Dobbs stepped down in Spring 2008, DWRFC had difficulty finding a permanent coach for two years and was coached mainly by the captains. In Fall 2008, after a successful season the team again made it to the DIII playoffs, but lost to Hofstra University in the first playoff game on Oct. 26. John Costine held a brief stint as coach in the Spring 2009 season, in which DWRFC attended The Big Apple Classic tournament at Randall’s Island in New York City, on April 25, 2009. At the BAC, The Brewsers lost their first game 25-0 to Hofstra, but finished out the day strong with a win 12-0 against Mt. Holyoke.

Finally in the spring of 2010, Morris Rugger Sara Platt stepped in as head coach with Vee Hodge as her assistant coach, giving the team some much-needed stability and positive coaching. In Spring 2011, DWRFC attended its first overnight tournament, The Beast of the East, in Portsmouth, RI on April 16 & 17. On Day 1, The Brewsers won Pool B 2-0, defeating Western Connecticut and Cornell (B). Advancing to the quarter-finals, DWRFC lost to Drexel on Day 2 but went home happy to have performed so well in the one of the premier collegiate tournaments on the east coast!

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Please email dwrfc@drew.edu if you have any additional information regarding the history of DWRFC!