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Wildcats take down Lumberjacks 55-23

The Chico State Wildcats won 55-23 over the Humboldt State Lumberjacks in their second league game, Sunday Jan. 27.

Chico takes their second win on the road after a hard fought match against Humboldt. With a strong lineup, Chico dominated play during the first half to secure their lead. Continuing the pace set by their season opener, Chico played hard to pull another win this season.

Wing Deyci Lopez started the match with five points on the board after scoring her first try of the season. Humboldt followed up with a try and conversion, but rookie fullback Myranda Gradney scored for the first time this season putting the Wildcats ahead by five points. As the half continued, inside centre Hannah Westfall scored once, as well as Lopez and wing Trisha Rodriguez.

Starting the second half ahead 31-12, prop Avery Martin took a try for the forwards, helping Chico maintain control of play. Gradney went on to score three more times this half, with forwards captain Becky Luedke switching in for conversion kicks during the last try of the game. Chico won the match 55-23 full time, sealing in their second win of the season.

The Chico State Women’s Rugby Club will play the UC Davis Women’s Rugby Club in their next league match Saturday Feb. 2. This will be Chico’s third game away this season, as last season’s national championship team takes on the former reigning champions.

Chico takes down Stanford

Chico State played Stanford, Saturday, Jan. 19, winning 43-19 in their season opener.

Coming off the high of their national championship last spring, Chico State set a similar pace to start of their new season. Facing off against Stanford away from home, this opening match showed the Wildcats won’t be backing down post nationals win.

Starting the match strong, wing Alyssa Pena set Chico ahead with a try early on in the first half. Stanford pushed ahead with a try and conversion, but inside centre, and co-captain, Hannah Westfall put another seven points on the board with a try and conversion.

After falling behind just before the half, flanker Max Brissenden scored two tries in quick succession to push Chico ahead 24-19. Stanford scored shortly after, but outside centre Ashley Evans pulled through with another five points, with Westfall kicking a conversion. Pena would go on to score twice more before the match ended. Chico won the game 43-19, in a fantastic end to their season opener.

“We all stepped up and played Chico rugby.” said co-captain, Becky Luedke. “Overall it was a good game, especially in the second half, we picked up the pace and hit hard.”

Looking back, Chico had similar results in their season opener last year, with a 48-17 win over Stanford at home. With new captains and new players, this team is ready to move on into the competitive season.

Moving forward, Chico will be playing Humboldt on Sunday, Jan. 27 in their next league match. The Chico State Women’s Rugby Club is a competitive D1 sports club at Chico State. For more information, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram for updates on the team and upcoming events.

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.


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.

Chico State Men over SFSU

Chico State Men’s put SFSU to the sword today, running in 12 tries, winning 74-0. Danny Lalor scored a hat-trick while Drew Parson and Jack Fondale each scored a double. The B side beat the Mighty Oaks B side 20-12 in a very long, and very tight game. UCD at Davis next week from 1pm. Come and watch us take on the National Champs.

Touch Rugby

RUGBY, RUGBY, RUGBY! This Wednesday, November 11th and 17th at East 20th St. Park 3:30-5pm. Touch Days are great opportunities to learn the game! Returners come out and run the ball!! Registration will be open on both dates! All ages welcome.