Women's Team

"The purpose of this rugby team shall be to play competitive rugby at the highest level possible. The objects are to introduce, establish, teach, promote, encourage, understand, and extend the game of Rugby Union Football within CSUMB. Our team will represent CSUMB and be ambassadors of collegiate rugby in the United States".
Our Constitution

About this season

This season, the CSUMB men’s rugby team plays West Coast Collegiate Women’s Division II. The team has played 8 league games this season, 3 wins and 5 losses.

The team traveled to San Diego on November 4, 2017, to participate in the 20th annual tournament called Scrum by The Sea in San Diego. In April 2018, the team hosted Western Oregon University to play an NSCRO playoffs game. The otters won a tough game and will travel to play the semi-final at home in fall 2018. The women’s team hosted a successful 7s tournament on May 5, 2018. The team collected donations from other participating players/teams/volunteers to give to Women’s Alive! a local shelter in Salinas, CA. In preparation for the 7s season, the team has been fortunate to have an addition of coaching mentors help and assist the team including local Central Coast Beachdogs players Enrique Palafox and Stephen Michael. 

Schedule 2017-2018

DateHomeResultsAwayTimeLeagueArticleMatch Day
Monterey 7s5/5/18
NSCRO North-West Coast Playoffs4/14/18
West Coast Collegiate Women's Division II03/10/18
West Coast Collegiate Women's Division II2/24/18
West Coast Collegiate Women's Division II2/17/18
West Coast Collegiate Women's Division II1/27/18
West Coast Collegiate Women's Division II12/9/17
West Coast Collegiate Women's Division II12/2/17
West Coast Collegiate Women's Division II11/18/17
West Coast Collegiate Women's Division II10/28/17

Schedule 2017-2018

Monterey 7s
Student Recreation Field

NSCRO North-West Coast Playoffs
Student Recreation Field

West Coast Collegiate Women's Division II
Student Recreation Field

West Coast Collegiate Women's Division II
Student Recreation Field

West Coast Collegiate Women's Division II
St. Mary's University

West Coast Collegiate Women's Division II
Sacramento State University

West Coast Collegiate Women's Division II
Student Recreation Field

West Coast Collegiate Women's Division II
Student Recreation Field

West Coast Collegiate Women's Division II
Student Recreation Field

West Coast Collegiate Women's Division II
University of Reno

Coaches 2017-2018

Coach Nick Alvarez


Coach Nicolas Alvarez, a long time rugby enthusiast, born and raised here on the Central Coast. Having spent many years playing rugby for the local men’s senior club, his experience with rugby has evolved into a passion and much-appreciated journey. Transitioning from other sports into rugby was a learning experience aided by great coaches, teammates, and mentors. He was approached by former CSUMB coach Alena Porte to continue her progress and further develop the women’s rugby team in the season of 2016-2017. As he joined the experienced and skilled coaching staff he set out to guide, educate, and motivate the players that came to the field to learn the wonderful game. With the completion of his second year, he envisions further progress of the mindset it takes to play and appreciate rugby. As new athletes join and students graduate, his goal remains the same; to make CSUMB women’s rugby a competitive, all-inclusive, respectful team.

Coach Maria Bellumori

Coach Maria is a professor in the Kinesiology department at CSUMB with specialization in biomechanics and neurophysiology. She rowed on the women’s varsity team at the University of Delaware as an undergrad and since, has entered the world of ultra distance running and cycling. With knowledge of biomechanical training principles and physiological adaptations to exercise she uses this to teach the athletes how mechanics relate to performance during competition along with helping to support the team’s physical conditioning. Burpees and running stadiums are two of her favorite conditioning exercises.

Coach Morgan Wright

I grew up outside of Charleston, South Carolina on a tiny island called Isle of Palms. I played soccer for 14 years before going to Clemson University and deciding I needed a new sport. Enter rugby. Ever since my first practice 11 years ago, I have been hooked on the greatest sport in the world. I played flanker at both Clemson University and the University of Delaware before suffering a back injury that, so far, has kept me from playing again. I am excited to enter this new chapter of my life: coaching at CSUMB.

Student Coach Maya Ramirez

 My name is Maya Ramirez and I was born in San Diego, California and raised in SoCal.

My second year of playing in the season 2016-2017, I injured my back during a game.  I instantly knew I would not be able to play anymore.  For the longest time, I was upset, angry, and saddened that I could not step back onto the pitch.  I did not go to practices and I hated watching games from the sidelines.  But I would be there every chance I got.  I quickly realized that I couldn’t simply walk away from my rugby family.  I contemplated how I could still be involved; ideas, like getting my reffing certificate or joining a touch league, ran through my mind.  But it wasn’t with my girls so these thoughts always stayed as thoughts. But then Coach Morgan and Coach Maria came to me, asking if I would like to be a student coach.  I was so touched by their offer, I instantly agreed!

Now, coaching still has its swings of misery as I often found myself frustrated that I could not join the team on the pitch for a game, but I realized that it was the closest I was going to get.  It took a while for me to come to peace with this, but I have.  I love these girls more than anything.  And although work, and school, and life get busy and messy, if any of these girls needed anything, I would drop what’s currently in front of me, and take care of my girls.  The comradery on this team is like none I have ever seen before.  The friendships are stronger than I have ever experienced from any other sports team I have been on.  And the experiences will stay with me for a lifetime.  I am truly so proud of them, and I know that no matter what, they will continue to grow, thrive, and be the best team they can be.

Faculty Advisor Dr. Eric Martin

Director of CSUMB Rugby Strength & Conditioning

Playing Experience:
– Fort Bragg RFC 2004-2005
– University of North Carolina Chapel Hill RFC 2004-2008
– Raleigh Vipers RFC 2008-2010
– President, Horde 7s Rugby 2007-2010
– North Carolina Collegiate All Stars Rugby 2004, 2008
– Cottesloe, Western Australia, RFC 2010

Martin has served as the faculty advisor for CSUMB rugby since 2015 and started the strength & conditioning program for the club in 2016.

His goal for CSUMB rugby is to make sure everyone is physically prepared to safely perform at their peak level.

Coach Nick Alvarez

Coach Nicolas Alvarez, a long time rugby enthusiast, born and raised here on the Central Coast. Having spent many years playing rugby for the local men’s senior club, his experience with rugby has evolved into a passion and much-appreciated journey. Transitioning from other sports into rugby was a learning experience aided by great coaches, teammates, and mentors. He was approached by former CSUMB coach Alena Porte to continue her progress and further develop the women’s rugby team in the season of 2016-2017. As he joined the experienced and skilled coaching staff he set out to guide, educate, and motivate the players that came to the field to learn the wonderful game. With the completion of his second year, he envisions further progress of the mindset it takes to play and appreciate rugby. As new athletes join and students graduate, his goal remains the same; to make CSUMB women’s rugby a competitive, all-inclusive, respectful team.

Coach Maria Bellumori

Coach Maria is a professor in the Kinesiology department at CSUMB with specialization in biomechanics and neurophysiology. She rowed on the women’s varsity team at the University of Delaware as an undergrad and since, has entered the world of ultra distance running and cycling. With knowledge of biomechanical training principles and physiological adaptations to exercise she uses this to teach the athletes how mechanics relate to performance during competition along with helping to support the team’s physical conditioning. Burpees and running stadiums are two of her favorite conditioning exercises.

Coach Morgan Wright

I grew up outside of Charleston, South Carolina on a tiny island called Isle of Palms. I played soccer for 14 years before going to Clemson University and deciding I needed a new sport. Enter rugby. Ever since my first practice 11 years ago, I have been hooked on the greatest sport in the world. I played flanker at both Clemson University and the University of Delaware before suffering a back injury that, so far, has kept me from playing again. I am excited to enter this new chapter of my life: coaching at CSUMB.

Student Coach Maya Ramirez

My name is Maya Ramirez and I was born in San Diego, California and raised in SoCal.  

My second year of playing in the season 2016-2017, I injured my back during a game.  I instantly knew I would not be able to play anymore.  For the longest time, I was upset, angry, and saddened that I could not step back onto the pitch.  I did not go to practices and I hated watching games from the sidelines.  But I would be there every chance I got.  I quickly realized that I couldn’t simply walk away from my rugby family.  I contemplated how I could still be involved; ideas, like getting my reffing certificate or joining a touch league, ran through my mind.  But it wasn’t with my girls so these thoughts always stayed as thoughts. But then Coach Morgan and Coach Maria came to me, asking if I would like to be a student coach.  I was so touched by their offer, I instantly agreed!

Now, coaching still has its swings of misery as I often found myself frustrated that I could not join the team on the pitch for a game, but I realized that it was the closest I was going to get.  It took a while for me to come to peace with this, but I have.  I love these girls more than anything.  And although work, and school, and life get busy and messy, if any of these girls needed anything, I would drop what’s currently in front of me, and take care of my girls.  The comradery on this team is like none I have ever seen before.  The friendships are stronger than I have ever experienced from any other sports team I have been on.  And the experiences will stay with me for a lifetime.  I am truly so proud of them, and I know that no matter what, they will continue to grow, thrive, and be the best team they can be.

Faculty Advisor Dr. Eric Martin

Director of CSUMB Rugby Strength & Conditioning

Playing Experience:
– Fort Bragg RFC 2004-2005
– University of North Carolina Chapel Hill RFC 2004-2008
– Raleigh Vipers RFC 2008-2010
– President, Horde 7s Rugby 2007-2010
– North Carolina Collegiate All Stars Rugby 2004, 2008
– Cottesloe, Western Australia, RFC 2010

Martin has served as the faculty advisor for CSUMB rugby since 2015 and started the strength & conditioning program for the club in 2016.

His goal for CSUMB rugby is to make sure everyone is physically prepared to safely perform at their peak level.

Roster 2017-2018

Aliana Criado

Aliana Criado

Forward and back

Nickname: Ali
Born: 1997
Position: 8 or center
Years of playing rugby: 1
Years playing at CSUMB: 1
Fun fact: I wrestled in high school

Allexa Fontanilla

Allexa Fontanilla

Forward

Nickname: Allexa
Born: 1995
Position: 
Years of playing rugby: 1
Years playing at CSUMB: 1
Fun fact: I studied in Hawaii

Alyssa Clifford

Alyssa Clifford

Forward

Nickname: Big Red
Born: 1996
Position: 8
Years of playing rugby: 1
Years playing at CSUMB: 1
Fun fact: I love everything teal

Biranna Kriesel

Biranna Kriesel

Forward

Nickname: Bri
Born: 1997
Position: Prop
Years of playing rugby: 1
Years playing at CSUMB: 1
Fun fact: From Alaska!

Emiliana Lacandazon

Emiliana Lacandazon

Forward

Nickname: Emmy
Born: 1996
Position: Hooker
Years of playing rugby: 3
Years playing at CSUMB: 3
Fun fact: I was named after both of my grandpa’s mom.

Haley Nelson

Haley Nelson

Forward

Nickname: Utah
Born: 1996
Position: 8 or lock
Years of playing rugby: 3
Years playing at CSUMB: 3
Fun fact: I’m from Utah

Hanna Kim

Hanna Kim

Back

Nickname: Han
Born: 1996
Position: Scrum half
Years of playing rugby: 4
Years playing at CSUMB: 4
Fun fact: I was born in Hawaii

Isabella Gutierrez

Isabella Gutierrez

Back

Nickname: Bella
Born: 1994
Position: Wing
Years of playing rugby: 1
Years playing at CSUMB: 1
Fun fact: I am a scuba diver

Isis Smith

Isis Smith

Back

Nickname: Not a Terrorist
Born: 1997
Position: Wing and fullback
Years of playing rugby: 2
Years playing at CSUMB: 2
Fun fact: Fastest on the team

Jannicke Stien

Jannicke Stien

Back

Nickname: Jan
Born: 1994
Position: Center
Years of playing rugby: 3
Years playing at CSUMB: 3
Fun fact: I can chug a pint in 3 seconds.

Jessica Williamson

Jessica Williamson

Forward

Nickname: J-lock
Born: 1996
Position: 8 and lock
Years of playing rugby: 7
Years playing at CSUMB: 4
Fun fact: Very allergic to poison oak, but I love working outside

Kate McGill

Kate McGill

Back

Nickname: Kate
Born: 1996
Position: Fly half
Years of playing rugby: 4
Years playing at CSUMB: 4
Fun fact: I have a secret food Instagram

Nikki Edmiston

Nikki Edmiston

Forward

Nickname: Big fat Nikki
Born: 1996
Position: Flanker
Years of playing rugby: 2
Years playing at CSUMB: 2
Fun fact: I don’t believe in diets

Rebecca Harbison

Rebecca Harbison

Back

Nickname: Becca
Born: 1999
Position: Wing
Years of playing rugby: 1
Years playing at CSUMB: 1
Fun fact: I speak bad German

Sandra Galvez

Sandra Galvez

Forward

Nickname: Sandra
Born: 1999
Position: Lock and flanker
Years of playing rugby: 1
Years playing at CSUMB: 1
Fun fact: I like turtles and fries

Sophia Fanucchi

Sophia Fanucchi

Back

Nickname: Sophia
Born: 1998
Position: Scrum half or wing
Years of playing rugby: 1
Years playing at CSUMB: 1
Fun fact: I can do the worm with my eyebrows

Terree Okabe

Terree Okabe

Forward and back

Nickname: Tee
Born: 1996
Position: Allover
Years of playing rugby: 3
Years playing at CSUMB: 3
Fun fact: It’s Theresa without the “sa”

Absent players:

1. Amber Hernandez
2. Magnolia Morris
3. Chelsea Marquez
4. Danielle McCarthy
5. Hailey Vallejo
6. Kiari Young-Collie
7. Letty Camacho
8. Lia Cuevas  
9. Sadie Brown
10. Shelby Johnston
11. Sidonia Zinky
12. Sonya Jackson
13. Taylor Haumea
14. Taylor Trobaugh
15. Tessa Rosasco
16. Zenaida Mancillas
17. Cami Smith 

Executive board 2017-2018

The executive board consists of selected team members who oversee and organize the club’s duties. The board makes sure the team follows student club policies and carry out plans to help the club grow. 

Emiliana Lacandazon

Emiliana Lacandazon

Co-President

Terree Okabe

Terree Okabe

Co-President

Kate McGill

Kate McGill

Secretary

Jessica Williamson

Jessica Williamson

Treasurer

Nikki Edmiston

Nikki Edmiston

Historian/Social media

Isis Smith

Isis Smith

Team Bonding Coordinator

Camille Smith

Camille Smith

Match Director

Hailey Vallejo

Hailey Vallejo

Sports Club Council Rep.

Magnolia 'Mags' Morris

Magnolia 'Mags' Morris

Vice President

Marisol Figueroa

Marisol Figueroa

Fundraiser

Our practice and game field:

CSUMB's Student Recreation Field.The field is located at the SE part of the intersection between 4th Ave and 8th street.