Four Pioneers Named to NIRA Tier 2 All American First-Team

Four Pioneers Named to NIRA Tier 2 All American First-Team

MARSHFIELD, Mass. – Four Sacred Heart women's rugby players headlined the 2018 National Intercollegiate Rugby Association All-American Selections following the Fall 15's Championship. Junior Tyffany Brisbane at inside center, sophomore Isabel Cuddy at wing, junior Allie Rinaldi at scrum-half and freshman flanker Nia Williams were all named to the first team in Tier 2.

These four Pioneers were of 43 student-athletes acknowledged on the NIRA's First-Team and one of 17 honorees to be named from an NIRA member institution. 

"I am very proud of the hard work these four student-athletes put in developing their skills and mindset which improved throughout the fall and significantly contributed to our successful season.   It is an honor to have them represent Sacred Heart University as All Americans in the NIRA Conference." – Coach Reed

Brisbane compiled a total of four tries this season at inside center and was clutch in 71-5 victory over Castleton as she tallied three tries for 15 points. This is the first All-American selection she has earned.

Cuddy led the team in tries this season as she compiled a total of 20 this season including five in the match against Colby-Sawyer which helped lead the Pioneers to a 46-29 victory. This is the second year in a row Cuddy has been mentioned in the All-American pool as she received an honorable mention last year. This is her first time making the All-American first-team.

Rinaldi tallied a total of five tries this season for a total of 25 points in her junior season. She was named an NIRA honorable mention last season but her impressive performance on the pitch elevated her to making the NIRA Tier 2 All-American First-Team.

Williams had an impressive breakout season as she was able to tally her first collegiate try coming against Castleton as they defeated the Spartans 45-25 which helped elevate the Pioneers to advancing to the NIRA Tier 2 Championships.

The Pioneers will be hosting the Pioneer 7's tournament beginning on April 13, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.