Following the NSCRO Women’s Small College National Championship, both the all-tournament team and Heart-and-Soul awards were presented.
Women’s Collegiate All American coach Martha Daines selected the All-NSCRO Championship XV and presented the 15 players with a trophy and t-shirt provided by World Rugby Shop. Daines chose Roger Williams No. 8 Sadia Crosby as the championship MVP.
The National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) released its women's top 20 ranking for the 2014 fall season.
Winona captured its 7th consecutive Northern Lights Conference title, defeating UM Duluth 100-0 for a perfect league season.
No one ever accused the Ivy League of being predictable. The women’s DI conference started interestingly enough, as varsity teams Brown and Harvard battled to a 24-15 decision (in Brown’s favor), but akin to seasons past, the upsets are far from over.
Air Force delivered another blow to the Navy women, defeating the visiting Midshipmen 47-22 in front of a dense crowd last weekend. Navy, an Independent DI team competing in ACRA, needs to hit a hot streak if it’s to be considered as an at-large inclusion in playoffs.
The Mid-Atlantic women’s DII college divisions starkly contrasted with each other. In the Tri-State Division, four of five matches were shutouts, with Kutztown posting the biggest margin in its 145-point win over Rowan. But the Pennsylvania Division was much more nerve-wracking. The three victors outscored opponents 87-65.
It's typically quite the exercise to recount every evolution of Winona's games. The ACRA DII champion records high point differentials, and last Saturday, the Black Katts banked its highest victory margin against Bemidji. But instead of simply giving a nod to the box score, here is the full account of Winona's 112-0 win, as retold by head coach Josh Krzewinski. Get comfortable.
It was crossover weekend for the Northeast DI women’s colleges, which produced one thing: big scores. These games do not impact standings, and good thing, because Norwich, Army and American International College outscored their opponents by a combined 348-5.
Saturday’s game against Norwich was probably the most important of DI Quinnipiac’s fall season. Yes, it was friendly. Yes, it was a loss. But the 45-38 scoreline is representative of the vast improvement the team has made since fall 2013.
It appears that Mel Denham is working her magic, again. The new head coach took Central Washington to Pullman, Wash., this weekend for the Wildcats’ first run-out of the season. Although a pre-season friendly, CWU impressed in its 41-8 win over Washington State, the region’s top DI team.
Down 17-8 at the half, American International College’s forwards surged in the second half, dotting down four tries to overtake Army 32-29. The teams were both looking for their first win within the Northeast's DI Western Division.