The Penn State vs. Norwich women’s game last weekend was replete with highlight-reel action, so it’s no surprise that the Aircraft Charter Solutions Women’s College Player of the Week came out of that bout. Penn State prop Beth Rose stood out among the field, and for the reasons one might not expect.
The Mid-Atlantic conference (MARC) got underway last weekend and saw six DII women’s colleges kick off their competitive seasons.
Eight colleges with varsity rugby programs have banded together to form the National Collegiate Varsity Women’s Rugby Association.
When the Quinnipiac Women traveled to Marietta, Ga., for its season-opener against Life University, the 34-19 win proved difficult to interpret. The Running Eagles are newly varsity and the late August match was an early fixture. But the Bobcats’ strength came into focus last Saturday, when it defeated traditional DI power Army 50-17.
The Lindenwood University women's team is in the mist of the change. The DI program is NOT moving to DII (contrary to a previous report) but has welcomed a new full-time coach – Billy Nicholas from the Bronx – who only accepted the position two weeks ago. The Missouri side has good infrastructure, however, and Director of Rugby JD Stephenson has been leading the transition.
The Penn State vs. Norwich friendly was highly touted, and the two best women’s DI colleges came through with a thriller. The first half was contested in Norwich’s end and yielded a 19-5 halftime lead for Penn State. The Cadets rallied like no other and eventually overtook the reigning USA Rugby champion 27-24.
There are two big games happening in women’s DI college tomorrow: Penn State vs. Norwich and Quinnipiac vs. Army. There’s no effect on standings but major bragging rights are on the line.
BOULDER, Colo. – USA Rugby confirmed Thursday a Men's DII college championships system to finish in the fall, and a fall playoff system for Men's DI college teams playing in the fall, as well as Women's DI and DII college teams playing in the fall.
The Mid-Atlantic Rugby Conference took a bit of a makeover for the upcoming season, but one thing hasn’t changed: Kutztown is the DII women’s college with the target on its back. The Pennsylvania side was pleased to advance to ACRA’s final four year last, but now that the team has diversified its experience and returned some important players, Kutztown is thinking bigger.
The women’s DII college landscape is a fickle one. Every year a new set of teams advances to the national playoffs, and it’s rare to have a DII program with sustained success - and maybe that's because success begets pressure to promote itself to DI. Winona State might be on that path, as the current DII ACRA champion prepares for another title run.