from USA Rugby:
BOULDER, Colo. – Radcliffe College prevailed over Notre Dame in the pouring rain at the Emirates Airline USA Rugby 2011 Women’s DII College Championships at Founders Field in Pittsburgh, Pa.
The women of Radcliffe College played a physical and bruising game against opponents Notre Dame in the muggy and wet conditions in Pittsburgh to claim their title. With a final score of 22-10, Notre Dame kept attacking and always looked like they were about to make big breaks and long runs, but the Radcliffe defense was too tenacious and hard-hitting.
Much of the game was played near the halfway line as the ball was slipping from hands and out of rucks regularly, a reflection on the field conditions more than the athleticism of both teams.
Notre Dame started to get worn down by the rumbling Radcliffe pack as they punched the ball through the forwards. The Irish tackling didn’t relent, but the intensity of the Notre Dame defense became less and less as the game wore on and fatigue set in.
Radcliffe flyhalf, Evan Hoese, was named Most Valuable Player in the championship game, pressuring Notre Dame with her formidable attacking prowess with ball in hand. Hoese was also named Harvard Club Athlete of the Year earlier this season.
See all the results from the 2011 Women’s DII College Championships here.