Category: Chico State Women

Chico Secures Spot at Final 4

The Chico State Women’s Rugby Club took on UCSB Saturday afternoon in their first round of the USA Rugby D1/D1 Elite Spring College Playoffs. Winning their first game, Chico has secured a place in a Final Four game in Fullerton, California.

Three minutes after kickoff, Inside Center Hannah Westfall scored her first try of the match, setting Chico’s pace for the rest of the match. Playing with an aggressive pace, pushing back against UCSB’s defense, Chico showed their worth on the pitch against some of the top schools in the nation.

Flanker Karla Santiaguillo brought the second try of the half, followed by Westfall with her second try of the match. Fullback Darby McFall, and Outside Center Stefani Bergerhouse would also score twice before the half was over. UCSB would put five points of their own on the board before the half time whistle blew.

Starting at half with a 47-5 score, UCSB would score their final try of the match off their #7, followed closely with a try by Lock Jennifer Brissenden. Winger Ashley Evans would score closer to the end of the half off her first break away, building Chico’s confidence for the last quarter of the match.

Prop Rebecca Kilmartin would score shortly before Bergerhouse, who took her fourth and final try of the match, securing a 74-10 win for the Wildcats. After taking a win in their rounds of 16, Chico has secured a final four match in Fullerton.

Chico will play on Sunday, April 22nd against Lindenwood University to decide whether Chico competes in the D1 or D1 Elite Final four with a shot at a championship match. Come show your support at Steuber Stadium at Stanford University at 3 p.m.


Chico State Earns a Day Off

Chico State Women’s Rugby won over CSU Humboldt, 72-5, at the end of their double header on Sunday, February 25th.

Coming into the end of their double header, tired, and bruised, the Chico State Women’s Rugby Club brought home two wins on their home pitch. Ending their game against reigning national champions, UC Davis, 33-10, Chico still had to look forward to their game with CSU Humboldt.

Four minutes in, outside centre Stefani Bergerhouse scored the first try of the match, marking that the first of the three should score for Chico altogether. Fullback Darby McFall would score shortly after, scoring a conversion along with it.

This half would see McFall and Bergerhouse both scoring once more, along with lock Jennifer Brissenden, prop Andrea Velazquez, and wing Alyssa Pena. Humboldt would score once with five minutes left on the clock, bringing the score at half to 41-5

During the second half, McFall would score twice more, making a total of four tries scored. Bergerhouse would also score again, bringing in a hat trick. Inside Centre Ashley Evans would score her first try of the season this game, and would score again shortly after bringing the score to 72-5 full time.

While Evans made the last try of the match, she did so in rather precarious circumstances. Losing one boot in a ruck, she would recover the ball before launching into the try zone.

“I didn’t know what I should do, like should I keep going?” she said, laughing after the game. While the team on the sides had laughed about the lost boot once it happened, it quickly changed to a roar of support as she scored the game winning try.

After all the hard work and conditioning the team did to prepare for their double header, the team has been awarded a day off by their coaches, Mary and Alex Triantafyllou. After such a long weekend, this team really deserves it. This was the Chico girls last home match, and their seventh game won, in their undefeated streak.

Chico will prepare this week to play in Stanford on Saturday, March 3rd. While they still have one more team to face in the regular season, Chico pulled through this weekend looking towards their next match.

Have You Ever Seen a Wildcat Outrun an Aggie?

Chico State Women’s rugby won over UC Davis on Saturday, February 24th, 33-10, marking Chico’s 6th undefeated game of the season

Playing on their home field, Chico defeated Davis for second time this season, at the start of their double header. Starting strong, flanker Karla Santiaguillo scored the first try of the match, raising the team’s confidence as they faced the defending national champions.

As the match progressed, Chico took the game forward with a penalty kick before Davis scored their first try of the match. Fullback Darby McFall would score another penalty kick before the half, after lock Jennifer Brissenden brought Chico their second try of the match. Chico would receive a yellow during this half, as prop Rebecca Kilmartin was sent to the sin bin.

With the score at 20-5 at half, Chico wing Alyssa Pena scored off a break away, . Kilmartin would score after, and McFall would score before Davis made their last try of the match. Missing both of their conversions, the Aggies would only manage 10 points this match, while Chico pulled ahead with 33, having missed two conversions in the second half.

With a win under their belt, at 33-10 full time, Chico will advance into their next game on Sunday, February 25th, undefeated. Chico will play CSU Humboldt next, hoping to bring another win home for their last home game of the season.

Wine Tasting Fundrasier

Come join us at Gale Vineyards for an evening of wine tasting hosted by the Chico Rugby Foundation to benefit the Chico State Women’s rugby club. The Wine Tasting Fundraiser on November 10, from 6:00-8:00 pm at Gale Vineyards Located at 9345 Stanford Lane Durham California 95938. Your $20 ticket includes a hand picked selection of 5 locally produced Gale Wines and some tasty hors d’oeuvres prepared by the Chico State Women’s Rugby team. The evening will also include a silent auction.

To purchase tickets or for more information, please email us

For more information on Gale Vineyards, visit their website

Come visit the Facebook Event.

2015 Chico Rugby Alumni Weekend

Save the date for the annual Chico Rugby Alumni weekend. This years date will be October 9 – 11 2015 and is less than 30 days away! Please take a moment to Signup for the 2015 Alumni weekend. Preregistration of $100.00 is good through September 30, 2015. After that registration will be $125.00.

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2013 Chico Rugby Alumni Weekend

Save the date for the annual Chico Rugby Alumni weekend. This years date will be October 4 – 6 2013 and is less than 30 days away! Please take a moment to Signup for the 2013 Alumni weekend.  Preregistration of $90.00 is good through September 30, 2013. After that registration will be $100.00.

If you are unable to attend in person this year, show your support by donating to the Chico Rugby Foundation and by forwarding this newsletter on to friends and family of Chico Rugby.

Questions and feedback are always welcome. Feel free to email us


Women 2012 Season Recap

The Chico State Women’s season came to end in the first round of the USA Rugby National Championship Competition. It was good to be back in the National Competition having missed out the last two years. We are still suffering the effects of not having a rookie class in 2010, but some of the effects were offset by the rookie class this season. While the season started out a little slow finishing 2-3 in the regular season, the team was able to bring it together to capture the Pacific Mountain Conference’s 6th and final seed to the National Competition. Having taken 4th in the newly formed Pacific Mountain North conference, we needed to compete against UC Davis (Pacific Mountain North #3), UCSB (Pacific Mountain South #2) and Colorado State (Pacific Mountain East #3) to win the 6th seed. After beating UCSB and narrowly edgingColoradoState, we booked our ticket back into the Sweet 16 Tournament. We did not get the results we were hoping for, but we had two fairly solid performances at the tournament. We started EIGHT rookies in the first round and only carried a reserve bench of 5. By day two we only had 3 on the bench going into the consolation match.

This year we say goodbye to seniors Mackenzie McManus, Amanda Gardner, Katie Buzarellos, Ali King, and Genevieve Macaraeg. Mackenzie had a cracker of a season. She stepped up her leadership role and led the forwards from the front. Amanda’s season was plagued by injuries, but when healthy, she proved to have a stabilizing effect in the forwards. And as always, Amanda volunteered to take on an administrative role this season. Buzz juggled a pretty busy schedule but still made time to get to practice and was an invaluable part of the forward pack. She added much needed depth in the front row and finished the season strong. And Ali King, whose time with the Chico State WRFC was way too short. Senior rookie phenom, Ali King played a huge role this season. She brought much needed strength to the pack as a second row and led the team with turnovers at the tackle. She also spearheaded fundraising and did a magnificent job. Genevieve, another senior rookie, was finally granted her waiver and finished up the season strong. While typically reserved, out on the pitch Genevieve proved to be one of our scrappiest players. Why do they always wait so long to come out and play rugby.

We are looking forward to the start of our next season. We are only graduating a handful of players and we get to tap a few more that were unable to play this season. We will also be looking to add a 7’s team in the fall and competing in a few tournaments. Chico State Alumni Carrie White, who has been working with the Serevi Rugby group up in Washington will be coming down in the fall to hold a 7’s camp to kick things off.

Chico State WRFC back into Sweet 16’s

After two years away from the national competition, the Chico State women have found their way back! After a few set backs early in the season, the women were able to pull it together and claim the final Pacific Mountain Conference seed by beating UCSB and Colorado State.

Come out and support  Chico State this weekend 4/21 at Stanford. Match time is 2:00pm. The Chico Rugby Foundation will hosting a pregame reception this Saturday at the eucalyptus grove immediately north of the pitch from 11:00- ~1:30.