Furies

Valerie Berstene
Nickname: Val B
Position(s): Flyhalf, Wing
Years Playing Rugby: 10
Joined the Furies: 2006
Previous Clubs: Beantown
Occupation: Architect
Hometown: South Windsor, CT
Something You May Not Know: A lot of people don’t know this about me, but before I played rugby I played the cello.


Kate Brown
Position(s): Lock
Years Playing Rugby: 13
Joined the Furies: Summer 2015
Previous Clubs: University of Kent, Canterbury Women’s XV, University of East Anglia, Caterham Women’s XV
Occupation: Research Scientist
Hometown: London, UK
Favorite Cereal: Honey Nut Chex


Jessica Crockett
Position(s): Back
Years Playing Rugby: 6
Joined the Furies: Fall 2014
Previous Clubs: University of Florida, Jacksonville Women, and Blue Ballers Sevens
Occupation: Law Student
Hometown: Palm Coast, FL
Favorite Pump-up Jam: Bodies by Drowning Pool


Leni DworkisLeni Dwokis
Nickname(s):
Leni Gaga
Position(s): Hooker, Flank, Wing
Years Playing Rugby: 6
Joined the Furies: 2013
Previous Club(s): GW Women’s Rugby
Occupation: Sociologist
Officer: VP of Recruitment; Ruggerfest Chair
Hometown: Harrington Park, NJ
Favorite Cereal: Fruit Loops


Reem Hafez
Position(s): Fullback, flanker
Years Playing Rugby: 7
Joined the Furies: Fall 2015
Previous Clubs: Duke University Women’s Rugby Football Club; Oxford University Women’s Rugby Football Club
Occupation: Health Economist
Hometown: Washington, DC
Favorite Pump-up Jam: Sweet Child O’ Mine by Guns ‘n’ Roses


Mia Kennedy-Smith
Nickname:
Colby
Position(s): Center; Wing
Years Playing Rugby: 6
Joined the Furies: 2015
Previous Clubs: Colby
Rugby Honors: CWRFC’s Coach’s Award
Occupation: Legal Assistant
Hometown: Newton, MA
Something You May Not Know: I never got a bruise until I joined the Furies


Sharifa Love
Nicknames:
 The Sheriff
Position(s): Wing
Years Playing Rugby: 5
Joined the Furies: 2009
Previous Clubs: Yale Women’s Rugby Football Club
Rugby Honors: Furies Rookie of the Year 2009
Occupation:
 Communications Specialist
Hometown: Rockville, MD
Best Furies Memory: Winning the Cheesesteak 7s tournament with a motley crew of only 8 players the summer of 2010 was amazing. We played really well together, we upset a select side, and NK got poop on her shorts. Great day overall.


Gussie Maguire
Position(s): Scrumhalf
Years Playing Rugby: 7
Joined the Furies: Summer 2014
Previous Clubs: West Carroll Marauders, William & Mary, Chesapeake
Furies Honors: VRU All-Star
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Favorite Super Hero: Batman


 Lucia Martino
Nickname: Chia
Position(s): Center, 8, Flanker, Second Row
Years Playing Rugby: 3
Joined the Furies: 2014
Previous Clubs: Rochester Renegades
Furies Honors: D2 MVP Forward 2014-2015
Occupation: Photographer
Something You May Not Know: I play ukulele and guitar!


 Shannon McGuire
Position(s): Flyhalf
Years Playing Rugby: 7
Joined the Furies: Summer 2015
Previous Clubs: GW
Occupation: Nonprofit Management
Hometown: Oakland, CA
Something You May Not Know: I used to play xylophone!


 Maggie Olney
Position(s): Utility
Years Playing Rugby: 5
Joined the Furies: Summer 2014
Previous Clubs: William and Mary
Rugby Honors: NASC June ’15, U23 Atavus All-stars
Occupation: Teacher
Hometown: Hopkinton, MA
Favorite Cereal: Joe’s Os


Erin O’Reilly
Position(s): 2, 6, 7, 12
Years Playing Rugby: 6
Joined the Furies: Spring 2015
Previous Clubs: University of Maryland
Furies Honors: Rookie of the Year 2015; D2 MVP Back 2016
Occupation: Marketing Associate
Hometown: Wheaton, MD
Officer: VP of Public Relations
Favorite Super Hero: AQUA MAN!


Hana PassenHanaPassen
Position(s):
 Hooker, Flanker, Prop
Years Playing Rugby: 5
Joined the Furies: 2014
Previous Clubs: Princeton University, Keystone
Rugby Honors: All-Ivy Hooker
Occupation: Special Asst. to Think Tank Pres
Hometown: West Chester, PA
Why do you play? I love to kayak


Jennifer Putnam
Position(s): Prop
Years Playing Rugby: 3
Joined the Furies: 2012
Occupation: Graphic Designer
Hometown: Detroit, MI
Something You May Not Know: I dressed up as costume characters to put myself through college.


Jocelyn Richards
Position(s): Prop, Lock
Years Playing Rugby: 16 years (since 1998)
Joined the Furies: 2005
Previous Clubs: Vassar College RFC, Beantown RFC
Rugby Honors: MARFU
Occupation: Attorney
Hometown: Sparta, NJ
Best Furies Memory: Winning our first game at Nationals in 2010.  It was a close game against a team that had beat us the previous year at Nationals.  There was just so much at stake and the Furies really pulled together as a team and played 15-as-1.  When the final whistle blew, I just remember feeling an overwhelming sense of giddiness, relief, and pure joy.  This is why we play rugby!


Kerri Stancil
Position(s): Lock and Prop
Years Playing Rugby: 9
Joined the Furies:2011
Previous Clubs: Rhode Island College & Providence Women’s
Rugby Honors: All around forward badass!
Occupation:
Hometown: Grafton, MA
Best Furies Memory: Being a part of the Furies 35th Anniversary celebration. It truly moved me to see the incredible tradition I take part in every time I dawn (Delta Dawn) a Furies jersey.


Katy StewartKaty Stewart
Position(s): Back
Years Playing Rugby: 5
Joined the Furies: Fall 2013
Occupation: George Washington University
Occupation: Program Coordinator / Junior Editor
Hometown: Richmond, VT
Something You May Not Know: Someday I’ll be the chef and owner of a successful brussel sprout food truck.


bloody faceEllen Treimel
Position(s): Lock
Years Playing Rugby: 8
Joined the Furies: Spring 2008
Occupation: Environmental Protection Specialist at the EPA
Hometown: Pequannock, NJ
Something You May Not Know: Rugby is the first and only sport I have ever played.


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