Sullivan earns inaugural Rugby 7s award

By Frank Shala Army Athletic Communications

 After a stellar spring rugby 7s season, rising senior Sam Sullivan has been awarded the inaugural Prusmack Award by the United States Rugby Foundation as the top female collegiate 7s player in the country.  Graphic by Army Athletic Communications

After a stellar spring rugby 7s season, rising senior Sam Sullivan has been awarded the inaugural Prusmack Award by the United States Rugby Foundation as the top female collegiate 7s player in the country.
“She just works her tail off and flat out outworks people,” Women’s Rugby Head Coach Bill LeClerc said. “When she got here [to USMA], she had never played rugby before and she has just grown exponentially and look what she’s done with it. All we’ve done as coaches is pointed her in the right direction and she took off.”
Sullivan continued to shine for the Black Knights on the pitch, completing a phenomenal 2018-19 campaign by helping lead Army to the finals of the Collegiate Rugby Championships in June, while garnering Tournament MVP honors.
The Fayetteville, North Carolina, native led the Black Knights in tries (33) and total points (167) during the 7s season. She had seven hat tricks on the year, including a three score effort against rival Navy in the quarterfinals of the CRC’s.
Sullivan followed that up with another three try effort in the semifinals against Penn State—a 24-12 win to send the Cadets to the finals.
In her three 7s seasons with Army West Point Women’s Rugby, Sullivan has scored 88 career tries and tallied 444 total points.
In addition to her on-the-field accomplishments, Sullivan is a member of the new Hawk Eye ID Program at the USMA. She is also the first ever USMA Brigade Trust Captain, heading up a committee of cadets to highlight sexual assault and sexual harassment, while creating a culture in which every cadet is empowered to protect their teammates.
Lindenwood University senior Christian Rodriguez was this years male recipient of the Prusmack Award. More than 60 collegiate coaches from across the country were asked to submit nominations.
This annual award is named in named in honor of the late A. Jon Prusmack, who was a champion for the sport of rugby in the United States, particularly 7s rugby.
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