Boston Renegades (WFA)
Boston Renegades (2015-)|
Boston Militia (2008-2014)
Bay State Warriors/Boston Rampage (2002-2007)
Massachusetts Mutiny (2001-2007)
|Based in||Boston, Massachusetts|
|Stadium||Harry Della Russo Stadium, Revere, Massachusetts|
|Colors||red, black, white|
|Head coach||John Johnson|
|General manager||Ben Brown|
|Conference titles||2 (2017, 2018)|
|Division titles||2 (2015, 2017)|
The Boston Renegades are a tackle football team in the Women's Football Alliance. Based in Boston, Massachusetts, the Renegades play their home games at Harry Della Russo Stadium in Revere, Massachusetts.
On January 5, 2015, three-time national women's tackle football champions the Boston Militia announced they were discontinuing operations. To ensure that women's football would continue in Boston, three former players secured a transfer of ownership of the team from Militia president Ernie Boch, Jr. Molly Goodwin, Mia Brickhouse, and Erin Baumgartner incorporated as Boston Women's Football, LLC, and reorganized the team under the name Boston Renegades.
|Boston Renegades (WFA)|
|2015||3||2||0||1st New England Division||Won National Conference Quarterfinal (West Michigan)|
Lost National Conference Semifinal (Chicago)
|2016||5||3||0||3rd National Conference (Tier 1)||Won National Conference Quarterfinal (Cleveland)|
Won National Conference Semifinal (Chicago)
Lost National Conference Final (D.C.)
|2017||7||0||0||1st National Conference (Tier 1)||Won National Conference Semifinal (D.C.)|
Won National Conference Final (Chicago)
Lost WFA National Championship (Dallas)
The new Renegades organization turned to former Boston Militia assistant coach Don Williams to lead the team as head coach in its inaugural season. Former Militia assistant coaches Michael Muccio and Brie-El Parker stepped into the coordinator positions, and the coaching staff was rounded out with both experienced and new coaches. Notably, former players Molly Goodwin and Jennifer "Coco" Edwards joined the defensive staff as rookie coaches. During the course of the season, the team added former New England Intensity Head Coach Johnny Johnson and former New England Patriots player Patrick Pass as assistant coaches.
Geographically isolated from other teams in the Northeast Region of the Women's Football Alliance (WFA), the Renegades were alone in the New England Division, and played only five scheduled regular season games instead of the customary eight. A sixth game, an interleague match with Independent Women's Football League (IWFL) team the Montreal Blitz, had been cancelled.
The Boston Renegades opened their inaugural season on April 18, 2015 with a home win against the Central Maryland Seahawks 57-0. The Renegades finished with a 3-2 regular-season record. In the WFA National Conference quarterfinals, Boston defeated the West Michigan Mayhem 59-12 at Dilboy Stadium. Then the Renegades hosted a Conference semifinal game against the Chicago Force, but lost 49-18.
|2015 WFA New England Division|
|y,z - Boston Renegades||3||2||0||.600||166||132||0-0||---||L1|
y - clinched division title
z - clinched playoff berth
|April 18||Central Maryland Seahawks||Home||Won 36-32|
|May 2||D.C. Divas||Home||Lost 32-27|
|May 16||Cleveland Fusion||Away||Won 24-20|
|May 30||Chicago Force||Away||Won 30-24|
|June 13||D.C. Divas||Away||Lost 56-28|
|June 27||West Michigan Mayhem (National Conference Quarterfinal)||Home||Won 59-12|
|July 11||Chicago Force (National Conference Semifinal)||Home||Lost 49-18|
Following a season as an assistant coach, John Johnson was appointed Head Coach of the Renegades. Patrick Pass stepped into the Defensive Coordinator and Defensive Backs Coach positions. Former Boston Militia coach Vernon Crawford returned after a season away to serve as Offensive Coordinator and Assistant Head Coach. The Renegades added several new coaches including former Massachusetts Mutiny and Boston Militia player Susan Burtoft.
The Renegades were assigned to the Colonial Division along with the D.C. Divas, Keystone Assault, Philadelphia Phantomz, and Richmond Black Widows. But the deployment this season of a tiered playoff system with seeding determined solely by Massey Ratings made geographical assignments as such irrelevant. More meaningful was Boston's inclusion in the top tier of the league, known as Division I or WFA1, where they would compete with D.C., the Chicago Force, Pittsburgh Passion, Atlanta Phoenix, and Cleveland Fusion on the conference level. The proximity of the Philadelphia Phantomz, however, enabled the Renegades to play a customary eight-game schedule by adding home and away dates with the new Division II team.
With a 51-32 victory over Pittsburgh on May 17, Renegades Quarterback Allison Cahill reached a new milestone in sports by becoming the first quarterback to attain 100 victories playing exclusively in women's football leagues.
The Renegades finished with a 5-3 regular-season record, and claimed the third seed in the WFA National Conference playoff bracket. In the conference quarterfinals, Boston defeated the Cleveland Fusion 19-13 at Dilboy Stadium. The Renegades traveled for their conference semifinal match, upsetting the Chicago Force 17-13. Boston was unable to overcome the D.C. Divas in the conference final.
|2016 WFA1 National Conference (Regular Season)|
|1||x,y - D.C. Divas||7||1||0||.875||366||150||2||1||W7|
|2||x,y - Chicago Force||7||1||0||.875||432||106||3||3||W3|
|3||x - Boston Renegades||5||3||0||.625||273||242||5||2||L2|
|4||x,y - Pittsburgh Passion||6||2||0||.750||358||122||6||8||L1|
|5||x,y - Atlanta Phoenix||5||3||0||.625||296||136||13||15||W1|
|6||x - Cleveland Fusion||4||4||0||.500||181||149||16||11||W3|
x - clinched playoff berth
y - clinched division title
|April 2||Philadelphia Phantomz||Away||Won 40-25|
|April 9||Cleveland Fusion||Away||Won 28-7|
|April 16||D.C. Divas||Home||Lost 35-32|
|April 30||Philadelphia Phantomz||Home||Won 54-12|
|May 7||Cleveland Fusion||Home||Won 47-18|
|May 14||Pittsburgh Passion||Away||Won 51-32|
|May 21||Chicago Force||Home||Lost 58-14|
|June 4||D.C. Divas||Away||Lost 55-7|
|June 11||Cleveland Fusion (National Conference Quarterfinal)||Home||Won 19-13|
|June 25||Chicago Force (National Conference Semifinal)||Away||Won 17-13|
|July 9||D.C. Divas (National Conference Final)||Away||Lost 47-21|
John Johnson continued to lead the Renegades as Head Coach while also taking over Defensive Coordinator responsibilities. Vernon Crawford and Cliff Ashley continued in their established roles as Offensive Coordinator and Special Teams Coordinator, respectively. The Renegades changed their venue to James R. O'Connor Stadium at Catholic Memorial School in Boston.
Boston continued to compete in the most highest tier of the league, WFA1. Like 2016, the Renegades were assigned to the nominal "Colonial Division" in the Northeast Region of the National Conference. An influx of new teams to the region added new competition in Boston's schedule from the Montreal Blitz who joined the WFA from the IWFL.
Four players — Steph Jeffers, Vicky Eddy, Adrienne Smith, and Rese Woodfine — were named to the U.S. Women's National Football Team. Jeffers and Eddy, along with former player Emily Weinberg, played in the 2017 IFAF Women's World Championship tournament in Canada, and won the gold medal.
The Renegades finished the regular season undefeated with a 7-0 record, and claimed the top seed in the WFA National Conference playoff bracket, securing home field advantage. Following a bye in the quarterfinals, Boston defeated the D.C. Divas 27-24 in the conference semifinal. The Renegades then defeated the visiting Chicago Force 47-33 in the conference title game. The final score of the 2017 WFA National Championship, named The W Bowl II, was Dallas Elite 31, Boston Renegades 21.
|2017 WFA1 National Conference (Regular Season)|
|1||x,y Boston Renegades||7||0||0||1.000||232||123||1||1||W7|
|2||x,y Chicago Force||7||1||0||.875||285||66||2||4||W1|
|3||x,y Pittsburgh Passion||6||2||0||.750||320||145||3||3||W1|
|4||x D.C. Divas||5||3||0||.625||202||162||4||2||W3|
|5||x Cleveland Fusion||5||3||0||.625||205||105||7||7||W1|
|6||x Atlanta Phoenix||6||2||0||.750||352||127||12||22||L1|
x - clinched playoff berth
y - clinched division title
|April 8||Philadelphia Phantomz||Away||Won 41-6|
|April 22||D.C. Divas||Away||Won 26-22|
|April 29||Montreal Blitz||Home||Won 54-19|
|May 6||D.C. Divas||Home||Won 26-0|
|May 13||Pittsburgh Passion||Home||Won 33-28|
|May 20||Chicago Force||Away||Won 25-24|
|June 3||Philadelphia Phantomz||Home||Won 27-24|
|June 17||D.C. Divas (National Conference Semifinal)||Home||Won 27-24|
|July 8||Chicago Force (National Conference Final)||Home||Won 47-33|
|July 22||Dallas Elite (WFA National Championship)||Neutral (Pittsburgh, Pa.)||Lost 31-21|
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