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!
In the Spring of 2011, the women went up to Rhode Island to compete in the Beast of the East Tournament. They distributed great skill and fortitude on the field, as they advanced all the way to the second day of competition. The Lady Lions did not come home with a trophy but proved once again that they are here and ready to compete with the best.
A Winning Season
The Fall 2011 season was the women's best season in their history. The Molloy Women finished with a 4 and 1 record, Second only behind the very tough Fairfield University. The Lady Lions had a huge historic victory over Sacred Heart in which they defeated the very good team 30-12. It marked a moment that will never be forgotten as the Women defeated a team that historically gave them trouble and did it with ease. The women's team would go into playoffs as the 2 seed and face off against Sacred Heart once more. It was a very grueling and exhausting match, but the women would prevail and move on in the playoffs. In the finals they would face off against Fairfield, the undefeated division winner. Molloy was no slouch as they gave Fairfield every inch of what they had, but lost a great match of rugby. After the Met NY playoffs the women entered the NY 7's Tournament once again, and brought home their second consecutive Bowl Championship. They finished the 2011 campaign ranked 14th in the nation.
In the Fall of 2012, the lady lions entered DIII competition striving for victory after last years lost to Fairfield in the finals. The women suffered a big defeat in their season opener to Sacred Heart 31 - 5. This only made them practice and work harder. They would battle Fairfield on Fairfield turf again with memories of last year's loss still lingering. The lions fought a hard 80 minutes and earned the win. This was the first time in history the women have defeated Fairfield and it was an extreme confidence booster with a final score of 41 - 17. The team only suffered one loss this season to Sacred Heart in their season opener. They ended the season at the top of the division and would rematch Sacred Heart in the semi- finals. The lady lions would defeat Sacred Heart in a hard fought match and would move onto the final match against Fordham under the lights at Randall's Island. The lady lions again prevailed and became GU Downstate NSCRO division champions.
The Lady Lions are growing larger each and every day. Their drive and winning ways are a testament to the hard work and commitment from the players. There are many more victories, trophies and memories in store for this amazing group of young women.