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HANOVER, N.H. – Dartmouth women's rugby head coach Katie Dowty has announced the five incoming individuals who will make up the Class of 2021 set to join the team.

The group of five includes a pair of Canadians from Ontario and Alberta, two from Colorado and a member of the USA Rugby National Team from California.

“We are absolutely thrilled with our incoming class,” Dowty said of the class. “Together, they bring a balanced blend of power, physicality, work rate, playmaking and speed, along with a good amount of international playing experience. 

“Most importantly, they all exemplify the passion and determination we know we need to win championships,” Dowty added.

A complete breakdown of the Class of 2021 is as follows:

Lilly Durbin | Murrieta, California | Fallbrook High School
-       Captain of Fallbrook Girl's Rugby her junior and senior years.
-       A member of three national championship teams at Fallbrook.
-       Is currently a player on the USA Women's 7s National Team, making her debut on the team's tour of France in 2016. Participated in the national team's recent trip to Okinawa, Japan in the spring of 2017.
-       Named the 2016 National High School Player of the Year by USA Rugby.
-       Was a captain of the USA High School All-American Team in 2016 during a European Tour.
-       Has been a member of the USA Rugby U20 National Team since 2015, serving as a captain on multiple international tours.
-       While at Fallbrook, Durbin also played on the soccer team and ran track, while earning several distinctions for her work in the classroom, including being selected to the Red Honor Roll for students with a GPA above 3.99.

Coach Dowty Says:
“Lilly's a hard-working player with a very bright future in the game. Her speed, agility and physicality, combined with her ability to read the game, has led her to be one of the youngest players ever on the HSBC Women's Sevens World Series. However, it's her humility and love of rugby that really jumps off the page when you work with her and will make her such a good fit for our team.”

Kalia Hunter | Colorado Springs, Colorado | William J. Palmer High School
-       A three-year member of rugby team at Palmer High School.
-       Helped her team to the championship match appearance in the Rocky Mountain Challenge, finishing as the runner-up.
-       Also a member of the swim and soccer teams during her time at Palmer.

Coach Dowty Says:
“Kalia is a versatile forward with a nose for the breakdown. She gets great go forward and loves to poach the ball. Kalia is mature beyond her years — a student of the game with a positive attitude and strong growth mindset. She has helped grow the game with her young Palmer team and will continue to do so with the Big Green!”

Idia Ihensekhien | Milton, Ontario | Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School
-       A three-year member of the varsity rugby team and a four-year player at Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School in Milton, Ontario.
-       Played basketball, volleyball and rugby all four years at Jean Vanier, captaining the basketball team her senior season.
-       Won two 15s championships with Jean Vanier and helped her Toronto-based club teams to six titles in 7s play.
-       Was named to Canada's U18 National Team in early May and will compete against the Americans in a two-match set in Ottawa in August.
-       As a junior in 2016, was named the Most Valuable Player of the Q-Meta Cup, a 7s tournament.

Coach Dowty Says:
“Idia is a power forward with finishing speed. She always creates go forward in loose play and frequently scores a try or two of her own in the process. Rugby Canada has taken note and she'll be one to watch in this summer's Can-Am Series, when she will debut with the Canadian U18s against the USA High School All-Americans.”

Marin Pennell | Breckenridge, Colorado | Summit High School
-       Three-year member of the rugby team at Summit High School in Frisco, Colorado.
-       As a senior, was captain of the soccer, ice hockey and rugby teams.
-       Helped guide Summit to three Colorado State Championships (2015-17), all while going undefeated in each season.
-       As a junior, she and her teammates finished the 2016 campaign as the national single-school runners-up.
-       As a junior and senior, she received academic all-state first-team recognition in both soccer and rugby. Those accolades are in addition to being a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honors Society in 2016-17.

Coach Dowty Says:
“Marin is a grinder and an adept leader. She puts in countless tackles, creates turnovers and never takes a second off. She leads from the front and understands how to connect with and motivate her teammates. As a senior, she was chosen to captain three teams: rugby, soccer, and ice hockey! We look forward to adding that type of leadership to our program.”

Rylee Stone | Turner Valley, Alberta | Holy Trinity Academy
-       A four-year high school rugby player between one season at Springbank High School (Rockyview, Alberta) and three at Holy Trinity Academy (Okotoks, Alberta), serving as a team captain her senior year at Holy Trinity.
-       A versatile athlete, Stone also played basketball, football and was on the track & field team as a shot put thrower during her high school career.
-       Guided her team to consecutive Tier I South Central Zone Championships in 2015 and 2016, while also winning the Tier II Central Zone title in 2014.
-       Prior to her senior year, she was a three-time Team Alberta Select player, including as a 7s player her junior year.
-       Represented Team Canada as a member of the U18 National Team her junior year.
-       The recipient of numerous accolades in high school, she was tabbed as the Holy Trinity Female Athlete of the Year for 2015-16 as a member of four varsity teams.
-       Her brother Ryder is a member of the Dartmouth football team.

Coach Dowty Says:
“Rylee is a skilled power forward with a high rugby IQ. Her international age-grade experience with the Canada Selects will allow her to adapt seamlessly into our style of play. She is hard working, humble and driven, just the type of attitude that will lead us to championships.”