The Axewomen rugby team opened the AUS regular season at home in a lopsided 58-12 win over the visiting UPEI Panthers. From Williams Lake, B.C., Laura Pfleiderer is this week's female athlete of the week after scoring two trys and one added conversion. The second year full-back was incredibly strong as a leader, organizing the Axewomen's defense. A member of the B.C. Provincial Rugby Team this past summer, Pfleiderer has very strong defensive presence and is always dangerous with the ball in her hands.