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Player Spotlight

Player Spotlight: Molly McNeil




NickName
: Crippled
Position: Wing / Fullback
Years playing Rugby: 1
Favorite Rugby Moment: Playing my first game after a injury
Goals for 2022: Improve as a player.
Collegiate Team you want to play for: undecided.
Funniest Aspetuck Moment:  When the other teams parents were yelling at us for being too aggressive
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Player Spotlight: Jennie Weiner




NickName
: Weiner
Position:  Flanker, Inside Center
Years playing Rugby: 1
Favorite Rugby Moment: Making a conversion kick all the way from the corner. Winning against Doylestown who’s ranked 7th in the country
Goals for 2022: Beat the Charlotte girls team in 15s, and start the season with at least 25 girls.
Collegiate Team you want to play for: Pennstate, Quinnipiac, or Queens University of Charlotte.
Funniest Aspetuck Moment:  Eliza making her shoes quack after she started going delusional due to her sun poison at the Florida tournament.

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Player Spotlight: Avonlea Wood



NickName: Big Ave
Position:  Fly Half
Years playing Rugby: 5
Favorite Rugby Moment: Anything that has to do with tackling people
Goals for 2022: Learn even more about the game and become an even better player
Collegiate Team you want to play for: Pennstate
Funniest Aspetuck Moment:  Too Many.


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Player Spotlight: Julianna Mourao



NickName: Juju
Position: Hooker, Prop, Scrumhalf
Years playing Rugby: 1 year
Favorite Rugby Moment: Scoring my first try of the season at our 7s tournament we hosted
Goals for 2022: Beat the Morris girls 15s team, and the Charlotte Tigress team
Collegiate Team you want to play for: Texas Tech University, or Siena College
Funniest Aspetuck Moment:  When Eve decided to prove how well she could tackle by tackling Kylie.

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Player Spotlight: Rachel Comiglio




NickName: Splash
Position: Hooker
Years playing Rugby: 1 year
Favorite Rugby Moment: Stealing the ball in scrums from Morris almost every play
Goals for 2022: Rank higher up and learn/perfect more plays
Collegiate Team you want to play for: Berkeley or Stanford
Funniest Aspetuck Moment:  Jennie trying to shoot a nerf gun at the boys team as we drove by them.


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Player Spotlight: Eliza Rollinson



NickName: Eliza
Position: Prop/Hooker
Years playing Rugby: 1 year
Favorite Rugby Moment: First game against Charlotte
Goals for 2022: Grow the team and improve tackling technique
Collegiate Team you want to play for: Undecided
Funniest Aspetuck Moment:  Rachel wiping out in a puddle while running pods.


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Player Spotlight: April Torres



NickName
: Ape
Position: No. 8
Years playing Rugby: 5 years
Favorite Rugby Moment: Going to EIRA
Goals for 2022: Become a better passer
Collegiate Team you want to play for: Dartmouth
Funniest Aspetuck Moment:  The annual Pig Roast.

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Player Spotlight: Madison King



NickName
: King or Madi
Position: Wing
Years playing Rugby: couple of months
Favorite Rugby Moment: I tried a new play and scored
Goals for 2022: Win against the charlotte girls team
Collegiate Team you want to play for: Quinnipiac or The University of Virginia
Funniest Aspetuck Moment:  When me, Jennie, Caydi, and Eliza, all went to walmart together. Also during my first game I ran into the wrong try line.


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Player Spotlight: Bailey Wheeler



NickName
:Wheeler
Position: Wing
Years playing Rugby: 1
Favorite Rugby Moment: My first try and tackle
Goals for 2022: to make as many tackles as I can and improve my rucking
Collegiate Team you want to play for: Penn state or Michigan state
Funniest Aspetuck Moment: Trying to play kickball with a rugby ball at practice and not being able to kick it at all.


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Player Spotlight: Reese Smith



NickName
: Smith
Position: Wing
Years playing Rugby: 1
Favorite Rugby Moment: Scoring my first try against Charlotte
Goals for 2022: I want to improve my rugby skills
Collegiate Team you want to play for: undecided
Funniest Aspetuck Moment: When me, Rachel, and Jennie went to Cracker Barrel before the game and bought cool stuff


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Player Spotlight: Lincoln Ambrose


NickName
: Link
Position: Backs
Years playing Rugby: 1
Favorite Rugby Moment: Getting most improved player award at banquet
Goals for 2020: Get better
Collegiate Team you want to play for: Ohio State
Funniest Aspetuck Moment: Parents vs Players game

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Player Spotlight: Mate Kvirikashvili (Snr)


NickName
: Mate
Position: Centre
Years playing Rugby: 6
Favorite Rugby Moment: Winning U18 Rugby Europe’s championship
Goals for 2020: To be top 5 D1A’s Freshmen of the season
Collegiate Team you want to play for: Kutztown (commited)
Funniest Aspetuck Moment: Raysache brand.

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Player Spotlight: Marco D’Amico (u14)


NickName
: Bubby
Position: Flanker and Prop
Years playing Rugby: 1 year, this is my second year
Favorite Rugby Moment: Scoring my first try. It was about 60 yards
Goals for 2020: Get faster
Collegiate Team you want to play for: University of Oregon
Funniest Aspetuck Moment: Playing in the rain and getting muddy.

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Player Spotlight: Jack Reed


NickName
: Jack
Position: 15
Years playing Rugby: 8
Favorite Rugby Moment
Goals for 2020: Make a 55 yd conversion
Collegiate Team you want to play for: West Point
Funniest Aspetuck Moment: Ciaran as JV captain at Gonzaga

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Player Spotlight: Brendan O’Neill (Junior)


NickName
: Brendan
Position: 9,10,15
Years playing Rugby: 6
Favorite Rugby Moment: 2019 Gonzaga tournament
Goals for 2020: To Play Again
Collegiate Team you want to play for: Anywhere that offers my major, Physical Therapy
Funniest Aspetuck Moment: Dressing up as Coach Ray at nationals

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Player Spotlight: Joseph Coscia (Junior)


NickName: Sarge
Position: Prop / Hooker
Years playing Rugby: 5
Favorite Rugby Moment: Winning the State Tournament vs Greenwich
Goals for 2020: Playing Rugby Again
Collegiate Team you want to play for: Fairfield University
Funniest Aspetuck Moment: When Coach Ray made the team shovel a foot of snow off the field, before a full practice

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Player Spotlight: Matthew Weiner (Sophomore)


NickName: Matt
Position: Forward
Years playing Rugby: I think 7
Favorite Rugby Moment: Mate's try at nationals 2 years ago
Goals for 2020: Win every game we play
Collegiate Team you want to play for: Wherever
Funniest Aspetuck Moment: No Comment

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Player Spotlight: Pearson Hill (Freshman)


NickName: Human Torch
Position: Fly Half
Years playing Rugby: 5 Years – 3 Years on varsity since 7th grade
Favorite Rugby Moment: Favorite moment was when we scored our first try against Greenwich in the state championship game last year. At that moment I knew we had a great chance to winning
Goals for 2020: For Aspetuck win a national title
Collegiate Team you want to play for: Penn State
Funniest Aspetuck Moment: When my teammate, Porter, scored the last try in the championship game. He was so happy that he scored but couldn’t speak because he landed on the ball and got the wind knocked out of him

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Player Spotlight: Leo Venables (u14)


NickName: Leo
Position: Fly Half
Years playing Rugby: 7 years
Favorite Rugby Moment: My fist try on Aspetuck in 6th grade on freshman
Goals for 2020: Working on my pass and play to be ready to get back on the field
Collegiate Team you want to play for: California, Berkeley or Life university or any top rugby school
Funniest Aspetuck Moment: watching Jackson run in a circle in 7s then picking up the ball and running out of bounds

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Player Spotlight: Gunnar DeSantis (Senior)
A Side - Captain


NickName: N/A (My real name's Gunnar... I don't need a nickname)
Position: Hooker
Years playing Rugby: 7 years
Favorite Rugby Moment: Blocking a defensive kick in national semi-finals 2018 that allowed us to win the game.
Goals for 2020: Qualify for Tier 1 at Nationals
Collegiate Team you want to play for: University of Texas
Funniest Aspetuck Moment: Matt Wiener holding up a bible, yelling "The Power of Christ compels you!"

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Player Spotlight: James Porter (Senior)
A Side - Captain


NickName: Porter
Position: Inside Center
Years playing Rugby: roughly 6 years
Favorite Rugby Moment: Beating Greenwich in the 2019 State Championship
Goals for 2020: Win the new Super League and finish first in Tier 1 clubs at Nationals
Collegiate Team you want to play for: Wake Forest University (will attend fall 2020)
Funniest Aspetuck Moment: Mike Mon showing me his cool truck

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