A Look Back at the Women’s Rugby 2021-22 Season


With the start of the fall semester just weeks away, let’s look back at last season for women’s rugby, one of the best in program history with an undefeated year.

The perfect season added to a streak of varsity 15’s wins without a loss that spans five seasons, standing at a mark of 40-0 with a point differential of 2,434-317. During that time, the Lions have amassed over 85, 15’s varsity victories and over 100 varsity sevens wins

Lindenwood also won the “Triple Crown” of national championships for the third time in a row by capturing the CRAA Women’s D1 Elite 15’s National Championship in late April, the USA Rugby Collegiate Sevens National Championship in mid-May, and the CRC May Madness Sevens Championship at the end of that month. It set a new national record as the first in college rugby history to accomplish the feat.

In the process, the Lions earned their fair share of prime time media and television coverage, appearing on NBC Sports in the USA Rugby Collegiate Sevens finals against Dartmouth and appearing on the CBS Sports Network for the CRC Sevens finals against Life University.

Women’s rugby also earned multiple individual awards during the 2021-22 season.

Eight different players were named D1 Elite First Team All-Americans, the most for any D1 Elite squad:
Destiny Arena
Moira Dillow
Freda Tafuna
Capoina Bailey
Sativa Tarau-Peehikuru
Amy Brice
Eti Haungatau
Helen Van Hattem

An additional four earned D1 Elite Second Team All-American honors:
Sam Tancredi
Cat Murrell
Taina Tukuafu
Charity Tenney

There were several Lions named finalists for the Sorensen Award for the top 15’s player of the year and Sativa Tarau-Peehikuru was named the 2022 College Sevens Player of the Year by the US Rugby Foundation.

There was also recognition internally with the women’s rugby coaching staff receiving the SLS ROARS Staff of the Year award.

With Head Coach Billy Nicholas leading the program, the Lions have continued to create history by winning 12 consecutive national titles overall with four 15’s championships and eight sevens championships.

The Lindenwood program graduated 12 student-athletes in the spring, so a big transition is expected for the team, but with well more than that number of new recruits joining the program this fall, the future continues to be bright for the Lions.

womens rugby.CRC7s Champs 2022

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