GRR: Notre Dame College
Labor Day Weekend starts with some exciting women’s college games, which involve five DI and DII varsity programs going head-to-head.
Notre Dame College opened the Falcons' 2015-16 DI season with an impressive 55-0 defeat of the University at Buffalo 55-0 at Mueller Field in South Euclid, Ohio.
The Notre Dame College men’s rugby program has left DII after finishing in the top four in the nation last season, and moved into DIAA, pursuing an independent schedule with the goal of earning an at-larger DIAA playoff spot.
It has been a tumultuous year for Notre Dame College, but the Falcons have been able to win – big – behind the stabilizing leadership of players like Hannah Gauthreaux. The junior has been on the 7s radar, having already played internationally for teams like Atlantis and Tiger Cubs, but she’s had to lean on a different set of skills to navigate the Falcons through a tough spring.
Notre Dame College ran away with the Women’s DII College National Championship, defeating UC Riverside 69-10 at Kennesaw State, Ga. It is the Falcons’ first USA Rugby 15s title, and it comes as the varsity team prepares for the leap to DI next season.