Last season ended on a sour note for the Gladiators as we were defeated by the Austin Blacks 30-17 in the DI semifinals. In a season that showcased great resiliency by the Gladiators — they also showed some chinks in their armor.
The club moved up to DI after capturing the DII National Championship in 2015. But in the last two seasons, the Life West Gladiators have failed to capture the U.S. Rugby Division I National Championship.
Life West finished the regular 2017 season as the second seed in the Pacific North Top 4 standings, trailing only the San Francisco Golden Gate Rugby squad. The 2018 season marks the 5th in the team’s existence. The Gladiator’s campaign to glory begins on February 10th, as they host the league newcomers, the Santa Monica Dolphins.
Gladiatrix Seek to Continue Dominance in 2018
After winning back-to-back titles in 2016 and 2017 – the Gladiatrix are gearing up to hoist the DI National Championship Title for an unprecedented third time in 2018.
The Gladiatrix are the first team in women’s club rugby to win consecutive titles in two different divisions. They won the DII title in 2016 and the DI title in 2017.
In 2017 the Gladiatrix moved up to the DI level, and that didn’t seem to slow them at all as they blew by the competition. They posted an 11-0 record in the regular season and outscored their opponents by an average of 64 points a match in the playoffs.
The team’s rapid rise to the rugby pinacle, is anchored by the three USA Eagles that make up the Gladiatrix roster; Jenn Sever (Captain), Catie Benson (Vice-Captain) and Jordan Gray. These trailblazers are poised to lead the Gladiatrix to another championship run this season.
Follow and support the Gladiatrix in their quest for a three peat which begins on January 13th, as they travel across the Bay to face San Francisco Golden Gate.
View the full Gladiatrix schedule at bit.ly/LWGladiatrix2018.