By Alayna Callanan ’14
2,720 Miles. 15 Weeks. That was the goal for The Sledgehammers, UR Women’s Rugby team. Its 33 members are all about fitness and outside of their four-hour weekly skills training sessions; teammates are encouraged to use their own time to stay active. Enter “Where in the World is UR Women’s Rugby?” The goal is to try to run across the country-from the Goergen Athletic Center to San Francisco-in the course of the semester. As of December 4, the team has surpassed the halfway mark, logging 1,629 miles to Wyoming.
In addition to their fitness program, The Sledgehammers’ performance on the field has been outstanding this year; they even earned a shot at Nationals! The Hammers won the NYS National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) Championship, crushing Plattsburgh with a satisfying shutout of 34-0. The win was vindication for the Hammers, who lost the NSCRO title to Plattsburgh last year.
The Sledgehammers went on to the NSCRO New England Regional Championship, but fell to Rogers Williams. Nonetheless, the team had a strong season with multiple shutout wins and mudslides during practice. The Sledgehammers look forward to their tournament and fundraiser ‘Ruck Rochester’ in the spring!
Photos Courtesy of The Sledgehammers.