HANOVER, N.H. – Dartmouth junior Frankie Sands has been named one of four finalists for the Sorensen Award, presented to the top collegiate women’s rugby player in the nation.
A panel of coaches, USA Rugby representatives and media selected 14 nominees, and the college rugby public was then asked to vote for the finalists. The Sorensen Award is named after former Women's Rugby World Cup-winning prop and successful coach and medical doctor Maryanne Sorensen
The winner will be announced on June 10 at the Washington Athletic Club of Seattle in Washington.
Sands was one of four Big Green players by the National Intercollegiate Rugby Association (NIRA) as NCAA All-Americans for the 2016 15s season in the fall.
The Essex, Vermont, native was third on the team in points this past season with her 10 tries ranking second among Dartmouth players. Perhaps her most memorable plays of her first season with the Green and White was a 20-yard run through the Harvard defense in the second half of the Ivy Rugby title game in Cambridge, helping her team to its second title in as many years.
“Frankie has been hugely impactful for our team – on and off the field," said head coach Katie Dowty in an interview with the Goff Rugby Report. "She raises the level of competition on the squad, while also making everyone feel closer and more connected as unit.
“She (Frankie) is the kind of player that can turn the tide of a match, with an explosive run or a thieving poach. She’s ball-hungry, aggressive, loves the game and loves her teammates – they are her family and she plays for them,” Dowty continued. “Frankie will be leading the Big Green as one of our captains in 2017 and we can’t wait to see how high she will set the bar."
Sorensen Award Finalists:
Frankie Sands – Dartmouth
Danielle Walko Siua – Notre Dame College
Sydnee Watanabe – UC Davis
Ilona Maher – Quinnipiac
Note: portions of this release were pulled from other publications.