Lindenwood Belleville defeated Tennessee 30-22 Friday in an early-fall run-out for both teams.
For the Lindenwood-Belleville Lynx, it was a very successful, if imperfect, step into DI rugby. The Lynx started as a varsity program last year, making the WIIL Conference final, and getting into the national quarterfinals. They only lost twice, to the two national DII finalists.
The Lindenwood-Belleville Lynx begin their second season of rugby and first in DI with a meeting of longtime DI power Tennessee Friday at Tennessee Rugby Park.
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Lindenwood-Belleville’s run to a national DII 7s title started ignominiously, as the Lunx tried virtually everything they could do to throw away the opener against UMass-Lowell.
In fact, they even tried throwing it away, opting to toss the ball into touch to end the game - you are not allowed to do that - leading to a penalty that led to Lowell’s game-tying try.
Lindenwood-Belleville hosts a 7s tournament this weekend, and it’s yet another first for a program that didn’t exist a year ago.
L-B made the national DII 15s playoffs, and now is looking at a berth at USA Rugby’s 7s DII nationals. They have an excellent shot, as Head Coach Pat Clifton has worked hard to get his Lynx game time, going to Florida, Tennessee, and Las Vegas to find it.