Heading into the 2013 season, the
Women’s Rugby Club entered with
the mentality of taking it one step at
After finishing the 2012 season at
4-4, the Pointers decided to shift gears
and take practice more seriously. As a
result, UWSP went an undefeated 7-0
and won the conference.
In the season opener against the
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire,
the Pointers made a statement early,
winning the game by 20 points.
Another key victory was against
UW-La Crosse, a team the Pointers
had lost against for the past six
seasons. La Crosse has also won
conference the last five seasons.
After the Pointers won conference,they hosted the first round of the
Division II Fall Championship, which
consists of 32 teams.
The Pointers fell just short against
Minnesota State University-Mankato,
Scoring leaders in the loss were
junior Maggie Armstrong with two
tries and senior Bree Valenza with
one try and two kicks.
Mankato scored within the last
five minutes of the game, which was
enough for them to earn the victory
over the Pointers.
“It was a close game and it was
the best we’ve played all year. They
were a challenging team that played
with an opposing style,” Valenza
said. “It was 80 minutes of everyone
giving everything they had.
Head Coach Gray Zischke, who
has been coaching the Pointers since 2001, had set his goals before the
season only to have them exceeded.
“Our goal was to better than last
year. I don’t think we expected to
run a perfect season and end up as
conference champions,” Zischke said.
“The first game of the season gave me
an idea that we might be better than
“Our focus has changed a lot.
The girls are really driven this year,”
said fifth-year senior Ali Lindner.
“Compared from last year to this
year, we get along great.”
Fifth-year senior Amanda
Anderson has been very impressed
with the team’s performance
throughout the season.
“When I came here we had a
pretty good team and had some
rebuilding years,” Anderson said.
“This year we came in with a huge recruiting class that’s just all athletic.
We couldn’t ask for a better group of
The recruiting class consists of
four freshmen whose contribution
towards the team has been vital.
“We’ve got four new freshmen
that are really good. They’ve really
come out and helped up the whole
thing,” Zischke said.
After going undefeated and
winning conference, the UWSP
Women’s Rugby Team has a solid
foundation for continued success.