Molloy College Women's Rugby Club
The Molloy College Women's Rugby Football Club made their long-awaited debut in the Fall of 2008. After a small group of women, led by Margaret Ziminski, tried for many years to get a club started, the fruits of their labor were finally recognized when the Class of 2012 arrived in Rockville Centre.
Under the direction of Scott Salvato and Brendan Droge, nearly 30 ladies were smashing tackle bags and hitting the club's newly-purchased scrum machine within days of their introduction to rugby.
The Ladies' Debut
Molloy College Women's Rugby made its debut on March 22, against a well-schooled Sacred Heart University. Though the Pioneers "took the Lions to class" that day, a new chapter in the history of Molloy College had been written.
The Ladies in Maroon and White went winless in the spring of 2009, but it certainly wasn't from lack of heart or passion for the game.
Fall 2009 marked the Ruggettes from RVC's first Met Union league season. It wouldn't be long before the ladies tasted their first league victory.
In the season's first two weekends, Molloy dismantled Bard and Drew by the scores of 73-0 and 39-0 respectively. Explosive offense and pulverizing defense instantly became the Lady Lions' trademarks. Incredibly, the team would go on to secure a playoff berth in their inaugural season! Despite losing to powerhouse Fairfield in the Met Union Semifinals, Molloy had proven itself as a force to be reckoned with
The 2010 Season
With the excitement of their first Formal behind them, the Lady Lions came into Fall 2010 looking to continue their ascent up the Met Union ladder. The Women in Maroon and White got off to a flying start with a victory over Fordham University. The pain of tough losses to Fairfield and Sacred Heart were lessened by a massive 42-0 victory over Columbia during Rugby Homecoming weekend. The Ruggettes once again qualified for the playoffs, but were defeated by the Pioneers after leading at halftime. The tough loss motivated the women to go out and triumph over UConn in the Bowl Championship match in the New York 7's Tournament!