Samantha Sullivan (Military Academy): 2019 Prusmack Award Recipient

The United States Rugby Foundation is pleased to announce that the winners of the first-ever Prusmack Awards, awarded to the top female and male collegiate 7s player in the country, are The United States Military Academy junior, Samantha Sullivan, and Lindenwood University senior, Cristian Rodriguez.
 
Over 60 collegiate coaches from across the country were asked to submit nominations for The Prusmack, Samantha and Cristian were selected from an outstanding group of nominees.
 
This annual award is named in honor of the late A. Jon Prusmack, who has meant so much to the sport in America, especially Sevens Rugby.
 
Not only had Samantha never played rugby but she had never even heard of rugby prior to her being accepted to West Point. She was a three-sport star in high school, excelling at cross country, soccer and captained her school’s indoor track team. Her twin brother, Jackson, is also attending West Point and is on the school’s track team.
 
Samantha walked on with the Army Women’s team her freshmen year and it wasn’t long before her speed and athleticism earned her a starting role on the wing and she’s never looked back.
 
Army Women’s head coach, Bill LeClerc, said that “Samantha became our main strike weapon and is now the 7s program all-time try scoring leader. She was second on the team with 26 tries as a freshman, she led the team last year with 25 and again this past year with 33 tries. Off the field, Samantha is a member of the new Hawk Eye ID Program. She is also the first-ever West Point Military Academy Brigade Trust Captain, heading up a committee of cadets to highlight sexual assault and sexual harassment and creating a culture in which every cadet is empowered to protect their teammates.”