Emily Henrich, only a sophomore, is already an Atlantis veteran. /// Photo: Dave Barpal
Atlantis is upholding its tradition of strong representation in all LVI divisions and sending two U18 girls teams to the tournament this year. Twenty-three players will be divided into Elite and Open squads, and selections to each will be determined after training sessions in Las Vegas.
The pool of players includes many familiar faces – some of which graduated from the Atlantis U16s, which debuted at last year’s LVI; others who helped the Atlantis U18s to a 2015 New York 7s title; and more still who recently returned from the Girls High School All American (GHSAA) East Winter Camp in Florida. Other highlights include Megan Bird, who traveled with the Midwest U19s to Florida for a two-game tour last week; Emily Heinrich, the lone GHSAA who played in last summer’s two-game series against the British Columbia U18s; and Delia Hellander and Brianna Vasquez, who were selected to the elite HS residency program at the OTC last summer.
Morris (N.J.) leads selections with eight representatives, while Play Rugby Academy (N.Y.) follows with four. West End (Va.) sent three players, and White Horse (Pa.) and Fullerton (Calif.) sent two apiece. Bird from Oak Creek (Wisc.) represents the Midwest, Summit’s Erin Scott-Miller hails from the Rockies, and Henrich (Orchard Park) accounts for upstate New York.
The teams will be led by coaches Kevin Corley, Wayne DiMarco and Lisa Huff Henrich. The Elite team will play British Columbia Elite Youth (BC, Canada), Utah Lady Cannibals, Minnesota Tundra and Rhino Rugby Academy 2 (Calif.) during pool rounds. The Open side will play the Mavericks (Alberta, Canada), Rugby Virginia and Rocky Mountain Lady Rebels (Colo.) in pool play.
The games begin on Thursday, March 3, and the final will be played inside Sam Boyd Stadium on Saturday at 10:06 a.m.
Atlantis U18 Elite & Open Players
1. Susan Adegoke – Play Rugby Academy (N.Y.)
2. Megan Bird – Oak Creek (Wisc.) +#
3. Jordan Cowan – Morris (N.J.) *#
4. Tamlyn Cowan – Morris (N.J.)
5. Alex DiMarco – White Horse (Pa.) +#
6. Kathleen Dzaran – West End (Va.)
7. Naomi Edouard – Play Rugby Academy (N.Y.)
8. Giovanna Ferguson-Lewis – Play Rugby Academy (N.Y.) +#
9. Delia Hellander – Morris (N.J.) *+
10. Emily Henrich – Orchard Park (N.Y.) * +#
11. Paige Krahling – White Horse (Pa.) +
12. Mia Lancelotti – Union County (N.J.)
13. Niliany Martinez – Play Rugby Academy (N.Y.)
14. Allie Mennella – Morris (N.J.) #
15. Naomi Mitzner – Fullerton (Calif.) *
16. Jess Nagie – Morris (N.J.) #
17. Alison Ramage – Morris (N.J.) +#
18. Erin Scott-Williams – Summit (Colo.) #
19. Rosie Sharkey – Morris (N.J.)
20. Abby Tobias – West End (Va.) +
21. Brianna Vasquez – Fullerton (Calif.) *
22. Brianna Whitfield – Morris (N.J.)
23. Elizabeth Wilson – West End (Va.) *+#
Coaches: Kevin Corley, Wayne DiMarco, and Lisa Huff Henrich
# 2015 Atlantis U16 team
* 2015 NY 7s title team
+ GHSAA East Winter camp