Story by Photos by Rhys Logan
Western’s women’s rugby team, the Western Flames, came within sight of a national championship last year, losing to Radcliffe College in the Division II semifinals. And though about half of last year’s starting players have graduated, this year’s team hasn’t ruled out a return trip to nationals this spring, says Kirsten Schumacher, president of the club team.
Like many players, Schumacher was drawn to the game’s intensity but has come to love the team’s devotion to each other. “The best part about Flames rugby is you join the team and you have 40 new best friends,” she says.
Rhys Logan, an intern with Western’s University Communications office, will graduate in December with a degree in Visual Journalism. His work has appeared in Seattle Metropolitan, NationalGeographic.com, Climbing.com and several outdoor adventure blogs.