Chicago North Shore was founded as a DII club by Coach Bryn Chivers and played its first game as a 7s team during the Summer of 1995. Coach Bryn had recently moved to Chicago from Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he had coached and played rugby for many years. The first team roster included Garnett Towne, Kimburly Burly, Jenny Chelune, Laura Oroni, Larysa Santiago, and Julie Brungard among others. Julie Brungard (who worked for Midwest Rugby Supply, now known as American Rugby Outfitters) ordered North Shore’s first kit: long sleeve cotton green and white broad striped jerseys with a gold star logo circled by purple. The significance of the gold North Shore star is rooted in the Dr. Seuss story, The Sneetches.
North Shore was so named because we began practicing and playing on the North Side of Chicago, often sharing fields with the Chicago Lions. Over the years, we have supported and have been supported by men’s clubs from all sides of Chicagoland: the South Side Irish, Chicago Lions, Chicago Griffins and the Chicago Blaze. Our practice and playing fields have also migrated from North Side to South Side to Peterson Park and out to Lemont, the home of the Chicago Blaze. We have been coached by Lions, Griffins, South Africans, New Zealanders, and by our alumnae. While it took us three years to win our first league match (under Mark Santiago to Michigan in the pouring rain) the tides have turned in Chicago.
North Shore’s first trip to Sweet Sixteens was 2002 where we placed #10 in the country. In 2010, the team made its first trip the Division I Final Four and took home 3rd. Finally in 2011 we made our first trip to the National Championship Finals. We entered playoffs ranked #8 and ended up winning the Division 1 Women's National championship!
In 2014, after a long season, North Shore made it to the Division 1 Women’s National Championship Game following an undefeated season. We placed 2nd in Madison, WI with a mind to come back again to take it all!
In June of 2016 North Shore made it to the National Championship match versus the Seattle Saracens. A close battle ultimately lead to defeat. Click here to read the 2016 D1 Women's Ranking article.
2010 - first trip to D1 Final Four (3rd Place)
2011 - D1 National Champions
2012 - D1 Playoffs (5th Place)
2014 - D1 National Championship (2nd Place)
2015 - D1 National Quarterfinalist
2016 - D1 National Championship (2nd Place)
2017 - D1 Playoffs (5th Place)
2017 - WPL 8th Place Finisher
2018 - Sevens: Midwest 3rd Place
2018 - WPL 8th Place Finisher