UIC Softball Alum Helps Chicago Force To WFA Championship
Aug. 6, 2013
CHICAGO – In an 81-34 victory, former UIC softball student-athlete (1995-98) Tricia Charbonneau and the Chicago Force handled the Dallas Diamonds to claim the Women’s Football Alliance Championship August 3 at Balboa Stadium in San Diego, Calif., and concluded the season with a flawless 12-0 record.
“I view playing for the Force as the third stage in my athletic career,” Charbonneau said. “I was an athlete in high school, then softball at UIC and now the Force. When I finished playing collegiate softball I was looking for a way to continue the success and excellence I found at UIC and the Force proved to be a great fit. I have been able to meet people I wouldn’t have met otherwise, I have served as a mentor to some of the younger players and I’ve learned one of the most popular sports in America.”
It was the first national championship for the Force, but it was the fourth overall appearance in the title contest for the Chicago team since its start-up in 2003. The League is comprised of 50 all-women’s tackle football teams.
En route to the 12-0 record, the Force outscored its opponents 771-128, with the closest margin being a 19-point spread at 46-27 against the Boston Militia on July 20 to advance to the WFA championship and claim its third conference title.
Charbonneau serves as the team’s kicker and in her nine seasons with the Force, she has served as the team captain during the 2009 and ’10 seasons, was named the “Most Improved Player” in 2006, and earned Game-Day MVP honors in 2007 and ’11 and co-owns the team.
The Chicago Force have held tryouts at UIC the past two seasons and are held in the late Fall.
“There have been very few women on the team who played football in high school,” Charbonnea said. “We are looking for athletes, and one of the main reasons we have had such high success is because of the high-caliber athletes who join the team. This isn’t a powder-puff league, we have fun, but are committed to winning, too.”
For more information and to stay updated on the Chicago Force, find the team on Facebook, Twitter or the team’s official site.
Join Charbonneau and other UIC softball alumi on Sept. 7 for an Alumni Day at Flames Field. The Flames will compete in an intrasquad scrimmage at 1:00 p.m. (CT), followed by an alumni scrimmage that is set to begin at 4:00 p.m. Alumni interested in attending should e-mail head coach Michelle Venturella at firstname.lastname@example.org by Sept. 4.