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2017 SEASON TRYOUTS
Have you always wanted to play tackle football? Well now is your opportunity to tryout for THE only professional women’s tackle team in the New York City Area!! As we head into our eighteenth full season, having just attained the 2016 Atlantic Conference Title and our first undefeated season since 2006, we have our sights set on an IWFL Championship in 2017. If you think you have what it takes to join our talented roster, come on out and show us your football skills at our next tryout:
Saturdays: 11/19 and 12/17/16
9am – Noon (Est.)
Red Hook Park, Brooklyn – Bay and Clinton Streets – Signs will be posted
$25 Cash Only (day of tryout) or $20 prepay via paypal
Click on our Tryout Page for details, payment options, and forms to be completed prior to attending tryout. We look forward to seeing you!!
2016 SHARK BANQUET HELD
The annual awards banquet was held this past Saturday, October 8th, at Nick’s Lobster House in Brooklyn, New York. As per usual, all were overdue for a team reunion so a good time was had by all! In traditional Shark fashion, the event was MC’d by Owner, Andra Douglas, accompanied by retiring Head Coach, Richard Harrigan.
Congratulations to each of the deserved 2016 award recipients who, along with their teammates, and our coaching, administrative, medical and volunteer staffs, played a vital role in not only a successful season on the field, but off the field as well. Well done Finned Ones!!
2016 Award Recipients
Most Outstanding Player – Karen Mulligan
MVP Offense – Maggie Natell
MVP Defense – Brooklynn Fields
Rookie of the Year – Gina Capardi
Veteran of the Year – Krystal Molina
Most Improved – Jessica Olivencia
D-Linewoman of the Year – Tynisha George
O-Linewoman of the Year – Stephanie Reynolds
Linebacker of the Year – Gabriella Farrell
Offensive Back of the Year – Shanon Morris
Defensive Back of the Year – Jewelle “TJ” Grimsley
Receiver of the Year – Brilynn Fields
Special Teams Player of the Year – Cheri Eleazer
Ironwoman Award – Brooklynn Fields
Black and Blue Award – Shani Espinal
Hardhat Award – Anne Haerling
Owner’s Award – Collette Smith
Sharon Pascale Award – Jewelle “TJ” Grimsley
Sharks Owner, Andra Douglas, welcomes new Head Coach, Robert Carpenter
Sharks hire former NFL player as Head Coach
“Character, integrity, and leadership are the qualities Robert Carpenter possesses that make him the right coach for the Sharks,” said Sharks Owner Andra Douglas. “Robert is a quality coach and an outstanding person who will help us build this team.”
Robert has six years of NFL experience, playing and learning from Super Bowl winning coaches such as Mike Holmgren and Jon Gruden.
“I’m looking forward to using my 10+ years of the highest level playing experience in college and the NFL and bringing it to leading the NY Sharks to a Championship.”
Rob Carpenter is a retired NFL Wide Receiver who played for the New England Patriots, New York Jets and Philadelphia Eagles. In college, he played for both Notre Dame and Syracuse University, then was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fourth round of the 1991 NFL Draft.Carpenter was third in receptions and yardage among wide receivers for the Eagles. He ranks among the all-time leaders in Syracuse University receptions in most statistics despite only playing for them for two seasons.
2016 Season “Thank you”
Your New York Sharks – each and every one of us – are indebted to you: our family, friends, significant others, and fans. Your unconditional love, boundless support, and unwavering encouragement of us living our dream means everything to us. Our team is our second family in a way that simply can’t be put into words. Regardless of the final score on the field, this Shark Family is special, strong, solid, and proud – something that will always transcend what is written in any record book.
Your New York Sharks played a steady, strong game against the Washington Prodigy on Saturday, June 11th at Aviator Sports and Event Center. The win puts the Sharks at the top of the Atlantic Conference with the first undefeated, regular season in 10 years.
The team has earned a first round playoff bye and will travel to play an historically significant rematch against the Minnesota Vixen on July 9th for a second round playoff game. This will be the first time our two teams – the longest operating teams in women’s tackle football – have met since December 11, 1999.
We would like to give special thanks to the all – female officiating crew from the NFL’s W.O.N. program for their excellent management of the game!
Crew members: Trisha Cravener, Samantha Davis, Desiree Abrams, Sabrina Ison and Valerie King Smith.
IWFL ATLANTIC CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS!!!
After an overnight bus ride, 90 degree heat mixed with some good ole’ southern humidity, your New York Sharks, now (7-0), earned a victory that secured them the title of Atlantic Conference Champions!!!! Final score – 42-12.
Thanks to our loyal and true New York-based fans who made the trip down and to our local fans who came out to support us at the game!! You were awesome!!!! Thanks also to the Carolina Phoenix for being such gracious hosts. RESPECT!
A Bye week is just what your Sharks need after the first five, hard-fought victories of the season. The work continues as we prepare to travel to Baltimore to do battle with the Nighthawks on May 21st.
Thank you for your steadfast support, Shark Fans!! Fins UP!
Sharks Defeat the Blitz 13-12
Your New York Sharks triumphed in a come-from-behind win against the Montreal Blitz with under 2 minutes left in the game. Quarterback Karen Mulligan connected with receiver Maggie Natell for a 42 yard completion at 1:58 in the 4th quarter with the Blitz leading 12-7. On the very next play, QB Karen Mulligan once again connected with Maggie Natell for a hard-fought touchdown. Your Sharks attempted the 2 point conversion, but fell short. The Blitz then worked their way down field, but their attempted field goal fell short and the Finned Ones emerged victorious!!! The Sharks move to 5-0 in the Atlantic Conference.
SHARKS DEFEAT CAROLINA QUEENS
While both teams gave “all heart,” played until the end and left all they had on the field, the Sharks were victorious against the Queens in this first ever match up. We are grateful to Ebony Kimbrough and her Queens for making the long trip and playing some hard-hitting football!!
IN THE END: SHARKS WIN 10-7 IN OVERTIME!!
In a hard-hitting, exciting, back-and-forth battle for four full quarters plus an overtime period, your NY Sharks emerged victorious over the Washington Prodigy on a picture perfect night for football. The ball game came down to a successful 21 yard field goal by Maggie Natell with 0:00 on the clock, in overtime!! This hard fought victory puts the Sharks at 3-0.
Next up: this coming Saturday, 4/30/16, the Finned Ones host the Carolina Queens back home at Aviator Sports Complex, 6pm kickoff.
SHARKS CAPTURE WIN #2
In a strong, solid showing last night, the Sharks shut out the Philadelphia Firebirds 32-0 at Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, New York. Gabriella Farrell was a defensive standout along with Brilynn Fields and Krystal Molina on offense.
SHARKS SQUEAK PAST MONTREAL, 26-21
Your New York Sharks played to the very end on Saturday and wound up victorious in a challenging contest with the Montreal Blitz at Mitchel Field in Garden City, New York.
SPECIAL GUESTS ABOUND AT SHARKS HOME OPENER
The Sharks had many stars in the house for the first game of the 2015 season! Local singing group, Exit 21, performed the National Anthem. Former Jet players, Bobby Jackson and Wesley Walker joined the captains on the field for the coin toss. Finally, the 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees came “home” to be honored for their on field accomplishments during their years in uniform. We were thrilled to see them and the ceremony was very special for all of us. Congratulations to Jennifer Blum, Lori DeVivio, Virginia “Chachi” Leon, Wanda Williams and Donna Spilotras for their induction into the New York Sharks Hall of Fame!!
SHARKS ATTEND 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF THE KIDZ ZONE AT MT. SINAI HOSPITAL
Staff and players recently participated in this special event as part of our new partnership with the Make-a-Wish Foundation. The players and staff who attended were very moved and honored to be able to bring some good Shark joy to the young patients at the hospital.
The Sharks 2016 Mission Begins
The players, coaches and staff are fired UP for the start of training camp this Saturday, January 9th!!! We have our “eyes set on the prize” and we want to thank you now – our families, friends, and fans – for supporting us in all the ways that you will in the coming months.
Let the work begin….
…and make the Home Page of the the Make-A-Wish Foundation – see link below!
The New York Sharks recently completed the required training to become “Wish Grantors” for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. We are excited and humbled to have the opportunity to bring some smiles and joy into the lives of children battling life-threatening illnesses.
The “sister” non-profit foundation of the New York Sharks has officially changed its name to the Women’s Gridiron Foundation.
We will be expanding our girls football camps into other cities across the country – and the world – as well as adding new and innovative community based programs. Our camps will now be known as the Fins Up Sports Camps for Girls.
Please visit our new website and support our mission!! Thank you!!
Join us in … “TACKLING THE WORLD TOGETHER!”
The WGF engages young girls and women in highly innovative, gender equitable programs through the vehicle of sport – primarily football. We educate and empower young women around the world to a place of greater self-worth and healthy self-esteem.
2015 SHARK PLAYER AWARDS
The Sharks held their annual Banquet yesterday in Brooklyn, New York, where the player awards for this past season were announced. Congratulations to all of our deserved Finned Ones!!
Special Teams Player of the Year Jennifer Vasta
Ironman Award Brilynn Fields
Owner’s Award Karen Mulligan
Most Outstanding (Overall) Player Erika Cottle
MVP Offense Erika Cottle
MVP Defense Gabby Farrell
Defensive Lineman of the Year Telisha Brown
Offensive Lineman of the Year Lena Tankeng and Tia Hopkins
Linebacker of the Year Gabby Farrell
Offensive Back of the Year Shanon Morris
Defensive Back of the Year Jewelle “TJ” Grimsley
Receiver of the Year Maggie Natell
Rookie of the Year Shanon Morris
Most Improved Jessica Gibson
“Black and Blue” Award Amy Deal
Captain’s Award Brilynn Fields
Veteran of the Year Karen Mulligan
Sharon Pascale Award Faith Xikis
2015 Shark All Stars Announced
Congratulations to the ten NY Sharks players voted onto to the Eastern Conference All Star Team by their sister IWFL teams!!!
#5 Erica Cottle – WR
#21 Jen Vasta – PR
#23 Shanon Morris – RB
#30 Karen Mulligan – QB
#33 Jewelle Grimsley – CB
#41 Telisha Brown – DE
#56 Gabriella Farrell – LB
#61 Lena Tankeng – OL
#77 Nikki Joseph -DT
2nd Team – #75 Dayna Moneta – C
SHARKS FIGHT TO THE END
After overcoming a 21 point deficit at one point in the 1st half, your NY Sharks dominated the 3rd quarter making it was anyone’s playoff game win from that point forward on Saturday 6/27/15 at Cupples Stadium in Pittsburgh.
With just minutes left in the game, from their own 27 yard line, Sharks QB Karen Mulligan threw a perfectly timed 22 yard pass to Receiver Erika Cottle who then sprinted 52 yards to the end zone. Maggie Natell kicked a textbook extra point, making the score 28-28.
Then, after starting Pittsburgh QB Lisa Horton went down and back up Angela Baker filled in at QB, a handoff to rookie running back, Tara Catone, led to another 6 points for the Passion. This would be the final score of the game – Sharks 28, Pittsburgh 35.
Fans, players and coaches from both teams could be heard describing what they had just witnessed as a game worthy of being called as a championship match up.
Although Shark hearts and fins will remain heavy for awhile, the players represented the organization with toughness, strength, class and amazing sportsmanship.
Playoff-bound NY Sharks defeat Phili Firebirds 28-20
The Sharks of The Black and Blue edged out the Philadelphia Firebirds in an exciting game on Saturday. This victory marked the end of the regular season and your Sharks as North Atlantic Division Champions with a 6-2 record!! The Sharks will be headed to Pittsburgh for the 1st round of playoffs on June 27th, 7pm kickoff at the Passion’s home field, Cupples Stadium. A victory will bring a 2nd round playoff game their way on July 11, 2015 – location TBD.
Shark Fans – how about a Road Trip to Pittsburgh?!?!
Sharks Beat Montreal 14-7
Your New York Sharks stayed the course and pulled out the “W” in a 24 hour trip to Canada yesterday.
In an intense, very physical match-up, the Finned Ones fought until the end. With under 2 minutes left in the game, a key interception by #40 Krystal Molina secured the win. Rookie running back #23 Shanon Morris simply tore up the turf in the running game while wide receiver #81 Maggie Natell caught both touchdown passes from veteran quarterback #30 Karen Mulligan. The Sharks defense stopped several drives by the Blitz in a solid, unified performance.
Although now tied (in record) with Montreal in the North Atlantic Division, the Sharks are in the #1 spot with a now 2-0 record against Montreal in head-to-head competition. This places the Sharks in the best position possible with the last regular season game approaching and playoffs just ahead.
Sharks Defeat Connecticut Wreckers 38-0
On Saturday, May 23rd, 2015, the NY Sharks came out with a clear victory in Danbury, Connecticut against division opponent, the Connecticut Wreckers. The victory brings their record to 4-1.
Sharks Featured on BK Live
BK Live, with Michael Bellamy, presented a feature story on, and an in-studio interview with, the NY Sharks on May 13, 2015. Head Coach Rich Harrigan and sisters, Brilynn and Brooklyn Fields were interviewed by Bellamy. Brilynn is a second year wide receiver and her sister, Brooklyn, is a standout rookie linebacker on this year’s roster. Click on the link below to see the story and interview.
Sharks Leave it All on the Field in Pittsburgh
The New York Sharks gave it their all, but came up short in Pittsburgh on Saturday. The final score was 32-18.
The Sharks have a bye this coming weekend, then play in Connecticut on May 23rd with an 11am Kickoff on Memorial Weekend.
THE WASHINGTON PRODIGY 19-0
The NY Sharks were victorious for the second time this season over the Prodigy last night. The win extends the team’s undefeated 2015 season record to 3-0.
SHARKS DEFEAT MONTREAL 26-19
The NY Sharks squeeked by with a win in a close contest over their friends from the North, the Montreal Blitz. Seemingly unstoppable on this night were Erika Cottle on offense with three touchdowns and rookie, Delmara Reece, who was stellar on defense. As the clock struck zero, Sharks Head Coach, Rich Harrigan, officially became the winningest coach in NY Sharks history. Stay tuned for the Gameday write-up.
“Off” the field, the evening was filled with special presentations and guests. Quarterback, Karen Mulligan, was honored for her thirteen years as a New York Shark, over 100 games played in the black and blue, over 15,000 yards passing and holding the record for most touchdowns scored. Dorothy Myers brought the house down with her amazing singing of the National Anthem. USA Football’s Director of Football Operations, Samantha Rapoport, performed the coin toss.
Last and certainly not least, the Sharks held their first induction ceremony into the NY Sharks Hall of Fame. The first inductees are five of the original players who first dawned a Sharks uniform back in 1999 and always “left it on the field.” These trailblazing women are Val Haleworth, Missy Marmarale, Anna “Tonka” Tate, Beth Nugent and Rose Addison. Congratulations, ladies!!
SHARKS WIN SEASON OPENER IN DC
Photos by Jennifer Suarez
The Sharks defeated the Washington Prodigy in their first game of the 2015 season, 37-8. Stay tuned for the detailed Gameday report. Also, we apologize for the technical difficulties we experienced that kept us from airing our usual Radio Broadcast. We will have this resolved before the next game. Thank you for your continued support of the New York Sharks!!!
You’re making a Web-based football-themed commercial for the Super Bowl…so “who you gonna call?” Why the New York Sharks of course – and that’s just what Victoria’s Secret did! The Sharks and members of the NYU Women’s volleyball team were called in to be stunt doubles for models Adriana Lima, Candice Swanepoel, Lily Aldridge, Behati Prinsloo, and Doutzen Kroes. One of the Sharks on hand was Sharks Delegate and CFO, Dana Sparling, who coached the models. She said, “the ladies jumped right in, were up for being coached, and we all had a great time”. Other Shark’s on hand were players Laura Baden and Maggie Natell, along with Sharks Owner, Andra Douglas. For a picture of the group visit our Facebook page. You can catch watch the final web commercial by clicking on the video below:
Video highlights for each Sharks game is available on our YouTube page.
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Your New York Sharks have made it into post season play! First up: Pittsburgh Passion in Pittsburgh on 6/27/15, 7pm kickoff at Cupples Stadium.
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See the complete listing of every woman that put on a New York Sharks uniform since the beginning on our All-Time Roster page.