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Flames of autumn

Story by Photos by Rhys Logan

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| Photo by Rhys Logan | University Communications Intern
| Photo by Rhys Logan | University Communications Intern
| Photo by Rhys Logan | University Communications Intern
| Photo by Rhys Logan | University Communications Intern
| Photo by Rhys Logan | University Communications Intern
| Photo by Rhys Logan

Westernís womenís 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 yearís starting players have graduated, this yearís team hasnít 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 gameís intensity but has come to love the teamís devotion to each other. ďThe best part about Flames rugby is you join the team and you have 40 new best friends,Ē she says.

Rhys Logan, an intern with Westernís 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.