The National Intercollegiate Rugby Association (NIRA) women's varsity league got a shakeup this weekend as Dartmouth defeated two-time NIRA champs Quinnipiac 22-17 at Brophy Field in Hanover, NH.
Dartmouth was coming off an impressive scrimmage win over Penn State, and with a talented returned corps, felt they had a shot.
The two-time defending national women's varsity champion Quinnipiac women's rugby team opened its 2017 season with a win, defeating Army 42-22 at home in its first ever game at its new field on Quinnipiac's Mount Carmel campus.
CHARLOTTE, NC – The Queens University of Charlotte men’s and women’s rugby teams opened there inaugural seasons over the weekend with a pair of wins. The men defeated Furman’s B squad by a score of 63-13 while the women defeated Elon, 94-0.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Queens University of Charlotte announced the addition of men’s and women’s rugby last spring and very soon after announced Katie Wurst as director of rugby and head women’s rugby coach.
Marywood University will run a varsity men's and women's rugby program starting in the fall of 2018.
Big news came out of Charlotte, NC earlier this spring when Queens University of Charlotte announced that it would start up a men’s and women’s varsity rugby program.
Cal won their 5th-straight CRC Sunday, defeating Life University 19-0 in the final.
The final day of the CRC was a test, and maybe a final exam, of how difficult a top-level 7s tournament can be. Fit and aggressive, Lindenwood expected to make the final, but in the end some execution and discipline breakdowns cost them and it was Life that won that semi.
Lindenwood, Life, Penn State, and Dartmouth are in control as pool play in the women's CRC is done.
The pools and schedule are set for USA Rugby's College 7s National Championships in Glendale, Colo.
The Men's DI pools are:
Pool A: Saint Mary's, Bowling Green, James Madison, Fordham
Pool B: Lindenwood, Grand Canyon, Wyoming, Stanford
Pool C: Ohio State, Arkansas, Santa Clara, Florida International
It's a small but very important weekend for college rugby, as six major championships are decided.
Quinnipiac center Ilona Maher has been named the winner of the 2016-17 MA Sorensen Award as the top women's college rugby player in the country.
So we now know the teams playing for a major 7s championship in college rugby, and, boy, it's a lot of teams.
It's a lot even though USA Rugby drastically reduced their number of teams participating. We still have 16 USA DI Men's teams, 24 CRC Men's teams, 12 USA Women's teams, 16 CRC Women's teams, 12 USA DII Men's teams, 8 NSCRO Men's teams, and 6 CRC Collegiate Challenge teams.