Meet the Furies

 

IMG_0720Briley Acker
Position: Scrumhalf
Started playing rugby: 2011
Joined the Furies: Summer 2014
Previous clubs: Susquehanna Women’s Rugby Football Club
Occupation: Technology consultant
Hometown: Levittown, PA
Favorite pump-up jam: Salt-N-Pepa’s “None of your Business”
Amirah Al IdrusIMG_4234Position: Utility forward
Started playing rugby: 2012
Joined the Furies: Summer 2016
Previous clubs: University of Maryland Women’s Rugby, Johns Hopkins University Women’s Rugby
Occupation: Journalist
Hometown: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Officer: Vice President of Public Relations
Favorite pump-up jam: The classical version of Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” by David Garrett and the Royal Philharmonic (seriously, listen to it)
IMG_7206_2Amanda Bauer
Position: Flanker, 8
Started playing rugby: 2015
Joined the Furies: Summer 2016
Previous clubs: St. Olaf College WRFC
Rugby Honors: 2017 D2 most improved; Fall 2017 CGU Selects Development side
Occupation: Economics Researcher at the Federal Reserve Board; future Econ PhD student
Hometown: Apple Valley, MN
Favorite pump-up jam: I Got It by Moosh & Twist
brookearielleBrooke Branson
Position: Prop, lock
Started playing rugby: 2012
Joined the Furies: Spring 2016
Previous clubs: Ashland WRFC, Chengdu Ruckin’ Reds
Occupation: Administrative assistant
Hometown: Canton, OH
Officer:
 Vice President of Operations
Favorite superhero: Pain Killer Jane because she is the complete badass.
furies-logo-navySchuyler Brown
Position: Flanker
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furies-logo-navyKat Contreras
Position: Prop, hooker
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IMG_0729Carmen Cordova
Position: Lock, hooker
Started playing rugby: 2016
Joined the Furies: Fall 2017
Previous clubs: Colby College Women’s Rugby Club
Occupation: Intellectual property formalities specialist
Hometown: San Jose, CA
IMG_0017 (1).JPGJudy Dickson
Nickname(s):
Judes, Booty, Banana Hands, Forrest
Position: Lock, 8, wing
Started playing rugby: 2008
Joined the Furies: Fall 2017
Previous clubs: University of Central Florida, Atlanta Harlequins, Stars Rugby, ARPTC
Occupation: Engineer
Hometown: Columbus, GA
Officer:
Executive Secretary
Something you may not know about me: The only plant I have managed to keep alive is a spawn of a Christmas cactus from my 5th grade art teacher. It is 18 years young!
Leni DworkisLeni-site
Nickname(s):
Leni Gaga
Position: Hooker
Started playing rugby: 2010
Joined the Furies: Fall 2013
Previous Club(s): GW Women’s Rugby
Occupation: Program analyst
Hometown: Harrington Park, NJ
Officer: VP of Recruitment
What I would do in an alternate universe: Trade my entire career and life to be a drag queen.
rugby photoAmanda Fins
Nickname:
Finny
Position: Wing, fullback
Started playing rugby: 2015
Joined the Furies: Fall 2017
Previous clubs: Montclair State University Women’s Rugby, Union County Women’s Rugby
Rugby honors: 2017 Tri-state all conference team, Empire GU Select Side
Hometown: Newark, NJ
Something you may not know about me: In the third grade I was advancing at reading music for the recorder so fast they promoted me to the triangle orchestra. I have since retired the triangle and moved on to violin and guitar.
17264616_10208867216452817_7240154109477828240_nAlex Hart
Position: Lock
Rugby Honors: D2 Most Improved (2016), Sportswoman of the Year (2017)
Occupation: Web designer
Hometown: Newtown, CT
Fun fact: I once ate at a TGIFridays in Moscow
furies-logo-navyAmanda Hood
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IMG_2095Alexa Hopkins
Nickname(s): Xa
Position: Hooker, flanker
Started playing rugby: 2010
Joined the Furies: Fall 2017
Previous clubs: Boston University, Las Vegas Slots
Occupation: Program assistant at the World Justice Project
Hometown: Roxbury, CT
Favorite superhero and why: I want to be the Flash so I can travel to another city in seconds and read dozens of books in minutes. Added bonus, super speed would definitely improve my rugby game.
c7124a0d-fb59-4620-bac7-40bd97ca58b3Nell Garver
Nickname(s): Biddle
Position: Back
Started playing rugby: 2011
Joined the Furies: Fall 2015
Previous clubs: William and Mary WRFC
Occupation: Database manager
Hometown: Winchester, VA
Favorite pump-up jam: Legend Has It by Run the Jewels
furies-logo-navyCaitlin Gibney
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lauranLauran Glover
Nickname(s):
CPT Crunch, DJ L. Boogie
Position: Center
Started playing rugby: 2016
Joined the Furies: Fall 2016
Rugby honors: WPL Most Improved ’16; Rookie of the Year ’16; 7s MVP ’17; CGU Developmental side ’17; CGU Select side ’18
Occupation: U.S. Army officer, graduate student
Hometown: Columbus, OH
Something you may not know about me: I turn up to gospel music before matches
image1Carly Gniewek
Position: Lock
Started playing rugby: 2017
Joined the Furies: Spring 2017
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furies-logo-navyChrissy “Goose” Grech
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furies-logo-navyKat Hanson
Position: Lock, 8
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IMG_0499Kiera Johnson
Position: Wing
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furies-logo-navyAmy Kaiser-Jones
Position: Wing, outside center
Started playing rugby: 2016
Joined the Furies: Spring 2018
Previous clubs: Philadelphia Women’s Rugby Football Club
Occupation: Software engineer
Hometown: Columbia, MD
Something you may not know about me: I stopped running track in college to play rugby
FB_IMG_1517963447822Lauren “Kirk” Kirkland
Position: Outside center
Started playing rugby: 2017
Joined the Furies: Spring 2017
Occupation: Army
Hometown: Alexandria, VA
Officer: D2 captain
Favorite superhero: Deadpool because chimichangas
furies-logo-navyJennifer Konish
Nickname(s):
Wiggles
Position: Prop
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Joined the Furies: Fall 2017
Previous clubs: UCSD Women’s Rugby
Occupation: School food advocate and small business owner
Hometown: Moorpark, CA
Officer:
Match Secretary, D2 co-captain
Something you may not know about me: I love to cook and have even participated in competitive cooking challenges!
Sharifa Love-Schnur
Position: 12, 8
Started playing rugby: 2008
Joined the Furies: Fall 2009
Previous Clubs: Yale Women’s Rugby Football Club
Rugby Honors: Furies Rookie of the Year 2009
Occupation:
Communications and development associate
Hometown: Rockville, MD
Officer: I’ve held many, but back to 7s Coordinator
Something you may not know about me: I was born in Germany
11159969_10153188084015115_977351542613553757_nGussie Maguire
Position: Scrumhalf, flanker, center
Started playing rugby: 2009
Joined the Furies: Summer 2014
Previous Clubs: West Carroll Marauders, William & Mary WRFC, Chesapeake Women’s Rugby
Furies Honors:VRU ’10, ’11; CGU Developmental ’17
Occupation: Environmental educator
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Something you may not know about me: I know every word to the Bloodhound Gang’s “The Bad Touch”
furies-logo-navyKerry Maguire
Position: Scrumhalf
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furies-logo-navyKelly Maranchuck
Position: Inside center
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furies-logo-navyMC Matta
Position: Flyhalf
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furies-logo-navyKristen Maxey
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IMG_0712Sami Topolski Meyerhoff
Position: Fullback
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image1 (3)Abbie Mocettini
Position: Hooker, prop, flanker
Started playing rugby: 2012
Joined the Furies: Fall 2016
Previous clubs: American University Women’s Rugby
Occupation: Records administrator
Hometown: Boise, ID
Best Furies memory: D2 playoffs 2017
 Mag23519344_1631442070279639_2914936861521182657_ngie Olney
Position: Flyhalf (lock, 8, center, fullback)
Started playing rugby: 2010
Joined the Furies: Summer 2014
Previous Clubs: William and Mary WRFC
Rugby Honors:Capital Selects (C), WPL All-Star Jul ’17, NASCs, Furies MV (Back ’17, Sevens ’16, Forward ’16, ’15)
Occupation: 7th grade science teacher
Hometown: Hopkinton, MA
Officer: Club/WPL Captain
Favorite Cereal: Joe’s Os
furies-logo-navyMichele Onwochei
Nickname(s): Mikey
Position: Prop, hooker
Started playing rugby: 2008
Joined the Furies: Fall 2013
Previous clubs: University of Michigan
Occupation: Speech-language pathologist
Hometown: Toledo, OH
Officer: Treasurer
Something you may not know about me: As much as I love rugby is equal as much as I love theater!
furies-logo-navyMolly Powers
Position: Lock, 8
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furies-logo-navyJennifer Putnam
Nickname(s): Putty
Position: Prop
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Joined the Furies: 2012
Occupation: Graphic designer, Les Mills instructor (Pump and Attack)
Hometown: Detroit, MI
Officer: Fundraising chair
Favorite cereal: Frosted Flakes
furies-logo-navyArielle Reid
Position: Flanker
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RAN Sevens Get Into Rugby Activation at CIC GroundsJocelyn Richards
Position: Prop
Started playing rugby: 1998
Joined the Furies: Summer 2005
Previous Clubs: Vassar College WRFC, Beantown RFC
Rugby Honors: MARFU Select 15s
Occupation: Lawyer
Hometown: Sparta, NJ
Best Furies Memory: Touring London with the Furies in 2010.
image1 (2)Lauren Robinson
Nickname(s):
Blondie
Position: Outside center, fullback, wing
Started playing rugby: 2016
Joined the Furies: Spring 2018
Previous clubs: UMBC Women’s Rugby Club
Occupation: full-time student
Hometown: Upper Marlboro, MD
Something you may not know about me: I can sing and I’ve sung for Obama a few times!
furies-logo-navyKatie Schmitt
Nickname(s): Schmitt
Position: Hooker
Started playing rugby: 2011
Joined the Furies: Spring 2016
Previous clubs: Florida State University, Jacksonville Sinners
Hometown: Jacksonville, FL
furies-logo-navyKerri Stancil
Position: Lock, prop
Started playing rugby: 9
Joined the Furies:2011
Previous Clubs: Rhode Island College & Providence Women’s
Rugby Honors: All around forward badass!
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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: Back
Started 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 brussels sprout food truck.
furies-logo-navyMercy Tom
Position: Hooker, flanker
Started playing rugby: 2012
Joined the Furies: Spring 2018
Previous clubs: Severn River, James River
Occupation: Lab manager
Hometown: Gaithersburg, MD
Something you may not know about me: I was born in India
furies-logo-navyMichelle Vander Ploeg
Nickname(s):
Ploeg, Ms. VP
Position: Center, flanker
Started playing rugby: 2008
Joined the Furies: Fall 2016
Previous clubs: Brown University Women’s Rugby, Providence Women’s Rugby
Rugby honors: 2013 USA Rugby Collegiate Academic Honor Roll, Furies WPL Backs MVP Fall 2016
Occupation: Bilingual teacher (3rd grade)
Hometown: Grandville, MI
Officer: WPL co-captain
Favorite pump-up jam: “Set it Off” and “Boom” by P.O.D. have been my pre-game go-to songs since middle school. “Boom” always seems especially relevant before the first tackle of the game.
furies-logo-navyMiranda Van Dijk
Nickname(s):
Mickey
Position: Flanker
Started playing rugby: 2013
Joined the Furies: Summer 2017
Previous clubs: UPenn Women’s Rugby
Occupation: Press assistant
Hometown: Rye, NY
Officer: Social chair
Something you may not know about me: Before I played rugby, I was a cheerleader
furies-logo-navyRian Van Nordheim
Position: Lock, prop
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furies-logo-navyEmma Waite
Position: Back
Started playing rugby: 2009
Joined the Furies: Fall 2016
Previous clubs: Susquehanna Women’s Rugby Football Club, West Chester East Girls Rugby Club
Occupation: Paralegal
Hometown: West Chester, PA
Unusual talent: I have the ability to wiggle my ears
FB_IMG_1518028373229Nora Welsh
Position: Lock, 8
Started playing rugby: 2014
Joined the Furies: Fall 2016
Previous clubs: Georgetown University Women’s Rugby Football Club
Occupation: Neuroscientist
Hometown: Altadena, CA
Something you may not know about me: I have acted in many plays and musicals, but was only ever cast as a man.
IMG_9954Anna Wilbourn
Position: Flyhalf, fullback
Started playing rugby: 2013
Joined the Furies: Fall 2017
Previous clubs: Georgetown University Women’s Rugby Football Club
Occupation: Legislative Correspondent/Legislative Assistant, U.S. House of Representatives
Hometown: Little Rock, AR
Favorite cereal: Cap’n Crunch

Thank you to: Lyn Meyerhoff, Colleen McCloskey, Abbie Mocettini, Amber I. Smith, Tom Weishaar, Kristian Whipple for player photos.

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