The 2017 College Fall Championships are almost upon us! We’ve got the final results for Ivy Rugby but we’re waiting for brackets from NSCRO, USA Rugby and NIRA. While we wait, we thought we’d get everyone updated on how it stands ahead of Championship season.
Dartmouth Women won their third straight Ivy title by defeating Harvard 22-8. Brown took third by defeating Princeton 62-25. Penn Women defeated Yale for the Ivy Club title by a score of 38-12.
October 28, 2017
Final: Dartmouth 22 v. Harvard 8 @ Hanover N.H.
Final: Brown 62 v. Princeton 25 @ Princeton, NJ
Final: Columbia 0 @ Cornell 28: Forfeit
Final: Yale 12 @ Penn 38
USA Rugby D1 Elite
Not technically a fall championship as they won’t have brackets until 2018; Playoffs are in April and Championships in May. Two weeks ago Penn State and Lindenwood met in Elkhart, IN for a rematch of the 2016 Elite final. Lindenwood led early but Penn State was able to match them try for try and it was tied at before the half. Lindenwood didn’t take their foot of the gas though and led 29-17 at the half.
Lindenwood was impressive throughout the match and spread its seven tries across six players: prop Laura Enk, hooker Annemarie Reed, flyhalf Richelle Stephens, inside center McKenzie Hawkins, outside center Teresa Bueso-Gomez (2) and wing Sativa Tarau-Peehikuru. Hawkins converted every single try and added a penalty to lead with 22 points.
Lindenwood 52 Penn State 24
Quinnipiac University won their third straight NIRA National Championship over Dartmouth 29-20.
USA Rugby Women’s DI
Quarterfinal play-in rounds begin November 11-12, from there teams will be split into western and eastern pools for the Round of 8. The Fall Championship is December 2-3 in Greenville, SC and all of the games will be live-streamed on The Rugby Channel.
USA Rugby Women’s DII
Most leagues have finalized their Champions but we’ll have a clearer picture once the Round of 32 kicks off on November 11. The competition will go through Round of 32, Round of 16, Round of 8, Final Four and the Championship will be Dec 2-3 at Furham University. All of the games will be live-streamed on The Rugby Channel.
Winona State tipped Vassar 38-36 in the DII Championship.
Region 1 – Northeast : Colby-Sawyer College, New London, NH
Region 2 – Mid-Atlantic South: York College, York, PA
Region 3 – Central: Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, OH
Region 4 – West: Wayne State College, Wayne, NE