Campus Life

Horns standing out internationally

University of Lethbridge Pronghorns women's rugby players continue to make their mark internationally.

Current Horns Kelsey Willoughby and Laura Murphy-Burke recently helped lead the Canadian U-20 national side to a title at the 2010 North American Caribbean Rugby Association regional tournament.

Murphy-Burke drilled one of two Canadian penalty kicks that stood up to be the difference in a 6-3 tournament-deciding victory over the United States. The Canadian side went through the tournament with an undefeated record.

The Senior Women's National Team boasts three former Horns on the roster in Ashley Patzer, Paige Knauf and Ashley MacDonald. That squad opened the 2010 Women's Rugby World Cup in London over the weekend and rolled to a 37-10 trouncing of Scotland.

Both Knauf and Patzer have been put on the active roster for the Canadians' second game, Tuesday against Sweden.

The Women's Rugby World Cup runs Aug. 20 to Sept. 5. Canada enters the event as the fourth-rated squad in the world and is playing in a preliminary pool with Scotland, third-rated France and Sweden.

Meanwhile, the Horns begin defense of both their conference and national titles when the Canada West season kicks off, Sept. 24 in Victoria. Fall training camp for the Horns opens on Wednesday, Sept 1.

The University of Lethbridge plays host to the Canada West Championships Oct. 22-24 at the Community Sports Stadium.