USA Women’s U20 and U23 Headed North to Ottawa for Garnet and Gold Classic in July

Wed, Jul 6, 2022, 6:45 PM
by Calder Cahill.
Neil Kennedy
Neil Kennedy

OTTAWA, ON – USA Rugby Pathways today confirmed the USA Women’s U20 and U23 Junior National Teams will travel to the University of Ottawa, July 13-20 to face the Ottawa Gee-Gees and the Queen’s Gaels varsity teams in the Garnet and Gold Classic.

Assembled for a short 3-day camp ahead of competition, both programs will compete in a four game, four team series against two of the top collegiate women’s rugby programs in Canada. All matches will take place at Matt Anthony Field on the campus of the University of Ottawa. Admission for all matches is free, and streaming information is yet to be confirmed.


2022 Garnet and Gold Classic Schedule

Sunday, July 17

Queen’s Gaels vs. USA U20 – 1:30PM ET

Ottawa Gee-Gees vs. USA U23 – 3:30PM ET

Tuesday, July 19

Queen’s Gaels vs. USA U23 – 4:30PM ET

Ottawa Gee-Gees vs. USA U20 – 6:30PM ET

Queen’s and Ottawa will provide a solid test for the USA development squads, as they boast two of the strongest women’s rugby programs in Canada. Consistently seeded at or near the top of the U SPORTS Top 10 rankings, the two schools met in the final of the 2021 U SPORTS National Championship. Importantly, the series will be a return to cross-border play for the Women’s Junior National teams, who have been out of international competition since before COVID-19. Roster selections are forthcoming for the U20 squad, with U23 selections coming off the tail of last month’s U23 All Star Championship in Chicago, where the South Harlequins won the 2022 tournament.


Name School / Club
Tiara A’Au ORSU
Emerson Allen Life University
Emma Auld University of Virginia
Kristin Bitter Dartmouth College
Natalie Bjorklund Penn State University
Sam Brackett Santa Barbara Women’s Rugby
Grace Bryson University of Minnesota
Aubrey Buresh University of Northern Iowa
Bailey Burt Lander University
Jess Burt Lander University
Hope Cooper Berkeley All Blues
Bianca Curtis Grand Canyon University
Autumn Czaplicki West Chester University
Lauren Ferridge Dartmouth College
Abbey Jacobs University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
Ember Larson University of Michigan RFC
Krista Matsumura Berkeley All Blues
Aimee Ramos Life West
Hanna Rojas-Rhodes Mount St Mary’s University
Keiamae Sagapolu Central Washington University
Falamei “Mei” Sanft EPA Razorhawks
Dani Sheppard Des Moines Women
Emele “Tua” Tanupo ORSU
Roxelle Thomas St Mary’s College
Queenette Toomalatai Life University
Taina Tukuafu Lindenwood University
Brooklyn Vaifanua Life University
Lauren Thunen San Diego Surfers
USA Women’s U23 Head Coach Katie Dowty noted on the tour:

“With the current Rugby World Cup cycle nearing its finale, this tour couldn’t come at a better time. I would expect to see several members of this U23 squad feature in the upcoming 2025 World Cup. We have selected a powerful, dynamic group — a combination of experienced age grade players and exciting new faces who showed their potential in the regional U23 championship. Competing against two top Canadian outfits will be an invaluable opportunity to test themselves and make their case for senior selection in the very near future.”


Name School/Club
Olivia Central Washington University
Abagail Mount St Mary’s University
EC Cantrell Cardiff Metropolitan University
Aly Cunningham Sacred Heart University
Amelia Gibson United HS
Maddie Hughes Queens University
Payten Badgers Select Academy
Avery Kemora Queens University
Dylan Kipp British Columbia University
Alivia Notre Dame College
Tomoko Mahe EPA Razorbacks
Emma McCabe Central Washington University
Asia Meni Dartmouth College
Leah Palmesano Mount St Mary’s University
Annekkia American International College
Abbey Savin Dartmouth College
Sadie Schier Dartmouth College
Salome Schmitt Queens University
Ella Slaby Bowdoin College
Kat Storey Quinnipiac University
Mona Lisa EPA Razorbacks
Anna Van Dyk Quinnipiac University
Katelyn Walker Eagles HS
USA Women’s U20 Head Coach Joel Bonnaud added:

“This summer event is a great opportunity for us to integrate some new players in the Pathway, keep working and expanding on the Key Habits we addressed during the most recent Winter camp, and put them to the test against top-notch competition. Those Habits focus on what players do while “off” the ball and away from the action, namely “Get BIG” (Back In Game), “Clockwork” (Field Vision and Scanning plus Connecting and Planning with teammates) along with 2v1s – with and without space – Identification and Execution. The two components we will add this summer are Field Position Awareness and 3D Clockwork, adding depth to our scanning, with and without the ball.”