The Boston Renegades women’s tackle football program swept the Women’s Football Alliance (WFA) this year with an 8-0 season and notched their second consecutive league title on July 13.
Stephani Pascual, a Lawrence native who lives in Dorchester and is the starting wide receiver, is co-captain of the team. She excelled in field hockey at Proctor Academy and was named to the all-conference field hockey team her senior year. On the football field she has become a force to be reckoned with in only her second season, leading Boston in receiving touchdowns, with six.
The team brings together players from many former area teams, including Boston Militia, New England Intensity, Bay State Warriors, Boston Rampage and Massachusetts Mutiny.
Organized in 2015, under the leadership of former players like owner and operator Molly Goodwin, the Renegades have proven to Boston that they have staying power.
The team is made up of athletes ranging from high school basketball stars to crossfit athletes to softball and tennis players and more. Off the field, these players are educators, entrepreneurs, athletic trainers at local universities, public safety officers, business owners, and college students.
Head coach and offensive coordinator John Johnson led the Revere-based team to an undefeated season. He also took the 2018 Renegades to their first national championship title.
The season started in April in Tampa Bay and ended on July 13 when the Renegades journeyed to Golden, Colorado, and dominated the California War team, 52-24. Most of the Renegades wins this year were by lopsided scores; the only opponent that came close were the Washington D.C. Divas, who lost by 4 points.
Audiences can watch the Renegades play next season at the Harry Della Russo Stadium on Plentiful Street in Revere. Public parking surrounds the stadium. The after-parties are usually spent at the Dockside Restaurant in Malden. General admission is $15. Kids under the age of 10 are free.