USA WNT Makes Changes for Hong Kong 7s
March 6, 2006 – The USA women’s 7s team that will go to Hong Kong later this month carries with it four changes from the team that defeated Canada in the USA 7s tournament in Los Angeles in February.
NOVA finisher Dana Creager, Berkeley power runner and forward Tina Nesburg, Harlequin Olde Girls back Lynelle Kugler, and Chicago North Shore speedster Pam Kosanke replace Sarah Chobott, Kate Turpin, Courtney Warner, and Tyshawn Henry respectively.
Head coach Julie McCoy made the choices after her latest team assembly, and in doing so may well have added speed to what was already a quick team.
Basing her squad around a group that can play pressuring defense and can slice or power through defenses to score, McCoy said she is looking for a strong performance and hoping for a better finish than last year.
The defense and power approach did well against Canada, where the USA spent almost the entire time in the Canadian half and simply needed that extra loop or one more support player to score more than the two tries they did score.
McCoy said she is certain she has the formula, and the chemistry, of a winner.
Leading the way for the USA team will be quick perimeter backs Christy Ringgenberg and Laura Cabrera. While Jo Ward directs play from inside. Nesburg, Kugler, and Alison Price will be expected to hold up their end in the forwards.
Dana Creager, Washington DC, NOVA Women
Tina Nesburg, San Francisco, BerkleyAll Blues
Linelle Kugler, Denver, CO, Harlequin Old Girls
Teena Mastrangelo, Chicago, Chicago North Shore
Daniela Mogro, Westchester, NY, New York Women
Alison Price, Westchester, NY, New York Women
Pam Kosanke, Chicago, Chicago North Shore
Jo Ward, Albany NY, Beantown
Christy Ringgenberg, Minneapolis, MN, Minnesota Valkyries
Laura Cabrera, San Francisco Bay Area, Berkley All Blues
Photo: Rugby7 from Hong Kong 7s Program