This opinion piece by Boston Renegades executive Molly Goodwin originally appeared in the Boston Globe on August 3, 2015.
The Boston Renegades’ season ended two weeks ago, but players still took the field for drills last Thursday. They went through warm-ups before working on tackling, throwing and agility with their charges — 20 girls between 5 and 14 years old.
BOSTON – June 26, 2015 – The Boston Renegades will host a playoff game against the West Michigan Mayhem on Saturday, June 27 at Dilboy Stadium in Somerville, Mass. This match marks the first time any Boston Women’s Football team has faced the Mayhem.
Twelve players from the Boston Renegades have been recognized as “All-Americans” by the Women’s Football Alliance (WFA). The Renegades top the league with the most selections of any team in 2015.
In windy, unseasonably cold, and mostly rainy weather, the Boston Renegades mounted a stunning comeback in the fourth quarter and scored a touchdown in overtime to defeat the Chicago Force.
A few weeks after getting their rings for their third Super Bowl win, the players of the Boston Militia were told their owner was ceasing operations. But a determined group of players and alumni would not let a season go by without a women’s football team.
The Boston Renegades kicked off a new era of competition and camaraderie in Boston Women’s Football history with a resounding 57-0 victory in its franchise opener against the Central Maryland Seahawks at Somerville’s Dilboy Stadium.
Ernie Boch, Jr., announced the Boston Militia would be no more. Former linebacker Molly Goodwin called fellow alumni Mia Brickhouse and Erin Baumgartner and together, they vowed to resurrect the team.
Determined to play on, the disbanded Boston Militia decided to start a new women’s football organization from the ground up with a new name, a new logo, and a new mission.