ANNAPOLIS, Md.—The US Naval Academy women's team has officially joined the National Intercollegiate Rugby Association (NIRA) competition for NCAA Varsity programs.
Navy competed as an independent team in CRAA D1 during its first varsity season and now will be joining NIRA's D1 for the fall of 2024 2023.
Last year’s CRAA Women’s D1 Fall Final saw Navy edge Davenport 20-12, but it’s possible that total of 32 points could be bypassed in the first 40 minutes.
Navy is back and faces a largely unknown and very dangerous Utah State team. Yes Navy has an excellent defense, but they can also score—boy can they score—and USU can score, too.
The CRAA Women's D1 semifinals are ready for November 19 at the US Naval Academy as both UConn and Navy won games this weekend.
UConn got by Virginia with a late try to win 10-5. The try came after a long period of pressure where the Hokies held out desperately. Finally the Huskies were able to get it over in the corner.
Navy clinched 1st in the Rugby East with a 28-8 defeat of St. Bonaventure Saturday.
Lewis Gray opened the scoring with a try and the conversion and while St. Bonaventure answered with a penalty goal, a try from Dale Sturdifen and a Roanin Krieger penalty put the Midshipmen up 15-3 at the break.