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FARMINGTON – Sarah Radosavich embraces a rather unconventional calling in life: rugby.

"It's just really rough, and it's more of my sport. I like getting physical," said Radosavich, previously a softball player growing up. "I run through people and stiff-arm them. It's pretty crazy, a lot of adrenaline. Whenever you push girls off of you, it's awesome."

The Piedra Vista senior wing/forward relishes the thrill of plowing through defenders as a power runner, and she made history today as the first New Mexico girls rugby football player to sign with the rising NCAA Division III program Colby-Sawyer College via athletic scholarship.

"I think it's pretty awesome that it's happened to me," Radosavich said.

Radosavich has spent the past two years playing for PV's club rugby squad. PV took first place in its league her first year, third place during her second year.

Colby-Sawyer, which is located in New London, New Hampshire, won the New England Rugby Football Union Championship this past November.

Radosavich, who's dominant in getting by defenders on initial contact, said Colby-Sawyer sought to bolster their ground game with runners like her, big and strong on their feet.

However, Radosavich said she can also contribute as pass-catcher, knocking down defenders while on the run.

Even so, she expects to face bigger, taller defenders at the next level. Because of that, Radosavich said she plans to get more involved as a distributor so she won't have to rely on just pure strength on the field.

"If I ever get stuck in a situation, I'll just pass it off to someone," Radosavich said.

Still, muscling her way down the field is what she knows, what she's accustomed to. And that helped her pop up on Colby-Sawyer's radar.

Matt Hollinshead covers sports for the Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.

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