HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac women's rugby head coach Becky Carlson has announced the addition of seven student athletes to the Bobcats' 2013-14 roster. Christie Albers (Castle Rock, Colo.), Madison Gegeckas (Downingtown, Pa.), Maggie Myles (Emmitsburg, Md.), Tayler Schussler (Westminster, Md.), Lindey Wise (Franklin, Wis.), Rachel Wrinn (Southington, Conn.) and Hailey Wyatt (Firestone, Colo.) have all signed National Letters of Intent and will look to make an immediate impact for the Bobcats in the program's third year of competition.
"The incoming 2013-14 class will be one of the most seasoned as far as rugby experience that I've had," said third-year head coach Becky Carlson, who earned the program's first conference title last season. "Their athletic backgrounds and solid academic resumes will make them great additions to the Bobcat Rugby Program."
Christie Albers, an all-state selection out of Castle View High School in Colorado, helped lead her team to the state championship game last fall. A versatile athlete, some believe she will have a chance to play for the USA Women's Olympic rugby team in 2016. Albers has a very quick first step and the ability to break away from defenders at any moment. She was also a member of the Sabercats' swimming team and track & field team.
Madison Gegeckas, a native of Downingtown, Pa., is another dual-sport athlete who will bring athleticism to the squad. Gegeckas began her career with the Downingtown East High School rugby team before joining the Pennsylvania All-Star team. She joined the All-Star team after her sophomore year and helped the team to two Pennsylvania Rugby State Championships during her stint. Gegeckas was also a member of the Cougars soccer team as well.
Maggie Myles played rugby for the West Carroll Marauders and graduated from Catoctin High School in Maryland. Myles was the youngest player to make the girls under-19 Mid-Atlantic All-Star team, which went on to win a national title in San Diego. She then again caught the eye of national coaches with her play in a national all-star tournament for the U.S. under-19 developmental team. In March, she became the only player from Maryland to make the under-20 national team after trying out in Atlanta. She joined the roster this summer, along with Quinnipiac sophomore Natalie Kosko, and made a trip to England for the 2013 Nation's Cup.
Tayler Schussler is also a member of the West Carroll Marauders Rugby Club, powerhouse program that has made national tournament appearances in eight of the last nine years, with a top finish of sixth place. She was one of seven players to take the next step to the collegiate level. She is a graduate of Delone Catholic High School, where she also was a member of the softball team.
Lindey Wise, a graduate of Divine Savior Holy Angels High School in Wisconsin, has enjoyed tremendous success on the rugby field over the last four years. Wise has been a part of four Wisconsin State Championships, three Midwest Championships and a USA Seven National High School Championship since picking up rugby back in 2009. Along with her team's success came individual honors for Wise, as she was named the 2013 DSHA Rugger of the Year, selected to the All-State team in 2010 and 2011, and named to the 2013 National High School Rugby Championships All-Tournament team. Wise also took part in basketball and softball through high school.
Connecticut native Rachel Wrinn joins the Bobcats after starting the women's rugby program at Southington High School as a sophomore. After starting the program from scratch, Wrinn has helped the program become the largest rugby club in Connecticut. A three-year captain, Wrinn owns numerous school records, including most tries scored in a game, most tries scored in a season, along with several other defensive categories. She led the team to a State Championship Runner-Up in 2013 and became the first member of the Lady Knights to earn a rugby scholarship.
Hailey Wyatt, a two-sport athlete from Firestone, Colo., transferred late in her high school career from Fredrick High School to Summer High School during the summer of her senior year. She spent 13 years as a gymnast before deciding to take on rugby in her final year. Wyatt made an immediate impact for her new team, helping the Lady Tigers to a fifth consecutive the state championship to earn a spot in the national competition. The team fell short in the first round but finished the season on a high note with a win in the consolation game.
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