UPDATE, 4/18: Women's Rugby's Moore named to USA Rugby Junior All-America team

LauraBen Moore '14 (Left)
WALTHAM, Mass. – Brandeis University junior LauraBen Moore of the Judges’ women’s rugby club, has been named to the 38-person roster for USA Rugby's 2013 Women’s Junior All-American team.
Moore, who was one of approximately 160 rugby players across the country who attended one of four regional training camps earlier this year, will now participate in a second training camp at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., from May 24-27. At that camp, she will study the team's patterns of play and gameplan for the U20 Nations Cup in July. The coaching staff will then select a traveling team of 26 players for the tournament in England, while the remaining 12 players will be non-traveling reserves who must stay ready for the team to call upon them if needed. 

"Obviously this is a huge honor and a testament to the tremendous effort, character, and ambition of [LauraBen]," said women's rugby coach Matthew Cameron. "But it also a recognition of what is possible for student-athletes at Brandeis with the support that Athletics gives us."

At the end of March, Moore trained with 40 other student-athletes at the training camp in Herndon, Va. She is now in a pool with members of three other USA Rugby training camps for a spot on the team’s Under 20 Program which will compete in England in July in the U-20 Nation’s Cup. That event is considered to be the first step in qualifying for the Women’s Rugby World Cup and the 2016 Olympics in Rio, which will be the sport’s Olympic debut.

The camp featured two days of intensive fitness training, rugby skills work, classroom training and nutrition education. From the four camps held nationwide, 33 to 40 athletes will be selected for a pre-tour camp in May at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.

“I was one of the least-experienced players at the camp,” Moore said. “I’ve only been playing for a year and a half, so this was an amazing experience, competing with and against players who have as much as a decade in the sport.”

Moore is a double major in studio art and anthropology with a 4.0 grade-point average. She is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Alpha Lambda Delta honor society. Moore is also a Community Advisor and has served as the rugby club’s top recruiter and publicist.

The Brandeis women’s rugby club had its final home match on April 14 against Wheaton College.

 For more information about Brandeis women's rugby club, visit their home page at http://www.brandeisjudges.com/recreation/clubsports/wrugby/index

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