SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – American International College Director of Athletics
It’s been two weeks since Goff Rugby Report’s last Women DII College ranking, and plenty has happened since then.
Norwich banked its first win of the DI Northeast Women’s Rugby Conference (NWRC) season, taking down Army 39-5 (0-1) at West Point. The Vermont Cadets improved to 4-0 all-time against the New York Cadets.
Kutztown, the #4 team in DII's ACRA, kicked off its league season this past weekend, defeating Delaware 44-0 and looking like a strong contender for the MARC title.
The New England Small College (NESC) conference banked its first games of the season, and Bowdoin made an early, emphatic case for its dominance in the league. Last year, the Polar Bears suffered an early loss to Tufts before winning the NESC title and automatic bid to the ACRA playoffs.
Rutgers, Vassar, and Hofstra are all 2-0 in the Women’s DII Tri-State Conference, all with impressive victories in the first couple of weekends.
Certainly there’s a big difference between the top teams and the lower teams in the conference, and it seems that all three 2-0 programs are in the top group.
Last week was a good one for the Davenport women. A member of the DII Great Lakes conference, the Panthers played two DI teams in the course of three days, and beat them by a combined 52-12.
The Ivy League kicked off in great fashion, as the two women’s varsity teams met in what was likely the toughest game of the regular season. The match was even more special for Brown, not only because it was the Bears’ first as a varsity team (Harvard was christened a year ago) but for the 24-15 win as well.
It was a busy weekend in women's DII action, with several conferences.
A few important moves have occurred since Goff Rugby Report’s previous Women’s DI College rankings – the most noticeable being the Quinnipiac and Army swap.
Life University's new women's undergraduate rugby team rebounded from a loss to Quinnipiac to beat Middle Tennessee State University 71-7 Saturday in their first victory of their first season.
On a very hot day the Running Eagles lasted longer and scored 13 tries, with No. 8 Nicole Syasko and wing Deshel Ferguson scoring seven between them.
Although only a sophomore, Danielle Ordway is a familiar name on campus. For the third time in her short career, Davenport University has named Ordway as the Female Athlete of the Week. Chosen by the athletic director and media department, the Lowell, Mich., native is the only rugby player who has received this honor.