Emmitsburg, Md. (November 5, 2018) - The Mount St. Mary's women's rugby team advanced to the NIRA Tier II Championship for the first time in program history. In just the second year since becoming a division one program, Head Coach Farrah Douglas and her staff has led the Mountaineers to the championship game. The championship game will be played on Saturday, November 10 with kick-off scheduled for 2:00 pm.
After an inaugural season saw the team go 0-6 in the fall 15's and an overall mark of 2-16, Mount St. Mary's had a tremendous turn-around this season. This fall the Mount went 5-3 overall with a perfect 4-0 record in Tier II division play. Ten different Mountaineers tabbed at least two tries on the year and another seven players added one try. Ubaida Ahmed led the team in tries scored with eight and Maya Grassi led the team in conversion kicks with 20.
"I am beyond excited and proud of the work this team has put in over the course of the season," said Head Coach Farrah Douglas. "This weekend represents a momentum and cultural shift for this program. Last year we struggled through the transition from club to varsity and played an incredibly challenging season against Tier I programs. Thus we struggled on the winning front suffering some big losses at the hands of some very dominate teams. I think last year's difficult season better prepared both players and staff alike for this season. The team is extremely young, with 8 freshman holding starting positions. They are hardworking athletes who play with joy and our team culture has been instrumental in how the team connects on and off the field. The staff has pushed and challenged the team at every turn, in the weight room, through pre-hab and re-hab, as well as on the field and we are seeing that translate into their on field performance. Saturday's match represents the beginning of a strong legacy of leadership, adaptive thinking and dedication that will ultimately in the years to come push the Mount forward as top rugby program."