Colorado Springs, Colorado (March 13, 2019) - Four Mountaineers earned National Intercollegiate Rugby Association (NIRA) Tier 2 All-American Honors as announced by the league office on Wednesday afternoon. Jordan Butcher, Maya Grassi, and Ubaida Ahmed were named as NIRA Tier 2 All-Americans for the 2018 fall season while Julie Crochet was tabbed as NIRA Tier 2 All-American Honorable Mention.
In just the second year as a division one program, Jordan Butcher, Maya Grassi, Ubaida Ahmed, and Julie Crochet led the Mount St. Mary's women's rugby team to a 6-3 fall season record that culminated with a NIRA Tier 2 Championship win, 22-15, against Sacred Heart. In the championship match, Crochet led the Mountaineers with two tries scored while Ahmed was named Most Valuable Player.
At the prop position, sophomore Jordan Butcher dominated the middle of the pitch for the Mount while she also pushed the ball a crossed the touch line twice. Butcher has been tabbed All-American in both of her first two seasons for the Mountaineers. At the flyhalf position, freshman Maya Grassi was a force on both sides of the ball. The Ardmore, Pa. native led Mount St. Mary's with 21 conversion kicks and she also scored a try. At wing/fullback, freshman Ubaida Ahmed led the Mount in tackles and tries scored (9). At the fullback position, graduate student Julie Crochet finished second on the team in tries with seven. The France native brought a much needed senior leadership to a young Mount team.
"As we head into our spring seven competition, our program is excited to celebrate this years NIRA All-Americans," said Head Coach Farrah Douglas. "Our current team captain Jordan Butcher is receiving this honor for the second year in a row. She is a dynamic front row player whose leadership on and off the pitch has been essential to the program's success this fall. Jordan is joined by standout freshmen Maya Grassi, Ubaida Ahmed, and graduate transfer student Julie Crochet. This accolade is a testament to not only the hard work but also the talent these young athletes have. They will continue to be players to watch as our program continues to develop".