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NIRA Names 21-22 All-Americans

  • 27 Jan 2022
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DII First XV Ashlynn Autrey (Bowdoin) / Photo: Lindsay Eisenhart

National Intercollegiate Rugby Association (NIRA) has named its 2021-22 All-Americans for Division I, II and III NCAA varsity programs. There are 76 student-athletes across the First XV teams and Honorable Mention lists.

DI national finalists Dartmouth College and Army West Point have five players apiece on the First XV, while semifinalist Harvard University has three and Sacred Heart University one. Representatives from Brown University, Long Island University, Mount St. Mary’s University and Quinnipiac University made the Honorable Mentions.


Photo: Mark Washburn (@mwashburnphoto) for NIRA

DIVISION I

FIRST XV

1. Lauren Ferridge – Dartmouth

2. Nia Williams – Sacred Heart

3. Erica Jarrell – Harvard

4. Kaylee Cargile – Army

5. Naomi Colin – Army

6. Julia Riekena – Army

7. Nafanua Fitisemanu – Harvard

8. Idia Ihensekhien – Dartmouth

9. Emma Gamboa – Army

10. Abbey Savin – Dartmouth

11. Kiani Akina – Harvard

12. Sophia Linder – Army

13. Emily Henrich – Dartmouth

14. Emma Kearney – Harvard

15. Lilly Durbin – Dartmouth

HONORABLE MENTION

Kristin Bitter – Dartmouth

Codi Butt – Army

Gracie Cartwright – Quinnipiac

Akilah Cathey – Brown

Alyssa Cunningham – Sacred Heart

Olivia Duba – Brown

Jalana Jade Garcia – Mount St. Mary’s

Sophia Haley – Dartmouth

Gina Pollice – Long Island

Kat Storey – Quinnipiac

PK Vincze – Harvard

DII national champion American International College placed six players on the First XV, while runner-up West Chester University has five, and Queens University of Charlotte four. Those were the only three teams that played conference 15s in the fall. The Honorable Mentions also includes players from teams that played 7s or unofficial games.


Photo: Mark Washburn (@mwashburnphoto) for NIRA

DIVISION II

FIRST XV

1. Jada Medellin – Queens

2. Jenna Klenz – Queens

3. Bayla Shindledecker – West Chester

4. Jessica Berggren – American International

5. Avery Kemora – Queens

6. Tina Kimmich – West Chester

7. Darlene Tafuna – American International

8. Heather Spangler – West Chester

9. Alle English – Queens

10. Kassidy Pothier – American International

11. Suley Guerrero – American International

12. Louisa Justice – American International

13. Autumn Czaplicki – West Chester

14. Annekkia Ritter-Truxal – American International

15. Lauren Madalian – West Chester

HONORABLE MENTION

Jessica Burt – Lander

Sydney Dela Cruz – New Haven

Maddie Hughes – Queens

Faith Morley – West Chester

Dominque Ray – American International

Megan Reed – Queens

Madison Rettenmaier – West Chester

Rebecca Rossi – Alderson Broaddus

Hailey Thomas – Queens

Shelby Tippin – Queens

DIII national champion Bowdoin College led selections with six players, while runner-up University of New England placed five players, and Norwich University (3) and Colby-Sawyer College are also represented. Adrian College, Castleton University, Manhattanville College and New England College are on the Honorable Mentions.


Photo: Lindsay Eisenhart

DIVISION III

FIRST XV

1. Salma Bezzat – New England

2. Audrey Greeno – Norwich

3. Anita DiMento – Norwich

4. Ashlynn Autrey – Bowdoin

5. Fiona Thomas – New England

6. Ella Slaby – Bowdoin

7. Emily Ramsey – New England

8. Rebecca Vakarau – Bowdoin

9. Morgan Butcher – Norwich

10. Bella Paul – Colby-Sawyer

11. Megan Smith – New England

12. Jenna Clukey – Bowdoin

13. Mackenzie Burke – New England

14. Molly Petronzio – Bowdoin

15. Lauryn Eisenhart – Bowdoin

HONORABLE MENTION

Cassie Allgeier – Bowdoin

Hannah Coupas – Castleton

Colleen Doucette – Bowdoin

Alyssa Ehrenfried – New England

Ari Hamilton – New England College

Kasey Molito – Manhattanville

Emily Ngo – Norwich

Bethany Ralph – Colby-Sawyer

Shyann Running – Adrian

Sophia Zaragoza – Colby-Sawyer

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