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Heartbreaking 45-38 loss to the UCF Knights in the USA Rugby D1-AA national semifinals ... plenty of heart from the boys, but we fell just short today. Thanks to all our alums, families and fans for a terrific 15s season - it's onto 7s!
Following a victory over Pitt in the round of 16, Dartmouth Rugby took on St. Bonaventure on Sunday for the opportunity to represent the Northeast in the D1-AA Final 4. The Bonnies proved to be a tough opponent for the Big Green with their solid pack play and kicking game in the soggy conditions. But the Big Green hung tough and eventually came out on top, 30-22.
In the round of 16 for the USA Rugby D1-AA championship, the DRFC won a wild shootout against the host, the University of Pittsburgh, by a margin of 43-34.
The Brown Women's Rugby season came to an abrupt end Saturday with a 27-12 loss to the Naval Academy. Motivated by an enthusiastic crowd of Brown alumni and parents, Brown played inspiring defense throughout the match but struggled to maintain possession in the loose.
With a hat trick and 27 points from fullback Madison Hughes, Dartmouth downed Brown 32-3 at home, claiming its sixth consecutive Ivy Rugby Championship April 13, 2013 on Brophy Field.
Princeton Tigers kicked off in the first half against the Indiana Redstorm hoping for a win after their Final 4 hopes were crushed on Saturday with a loss to Army. Princeton's Lauren Rhode scored two tries in the match which ended with a Princeton shutout 17 - 0. A solid end to the competitive season for the Tigers!
Following a disappointing loss to perennial powerhouse Dartmouth in the Ivy League semifinals the previous week, Princeton arrived in Philly for the Ivy 3rd place playoff game against Penn. The Tigers spent the previous week working hard to prepare for the game
Despite falling behind 17-0 in the first half, with 5 minutes to go in the contest Princeton was on the rampage with a chance to win. With the score 32-17, taking into account the way Princeton was playing, three tries to win were not out of the question. Three second half Princeton tries had cut the deficit in half, but in the end Army settled and 32-17 was the final in favor of the Lady Black Knights.
In a back and forth contest at Penn Park in Philadelphia where neither team could seem to put the other away, Brown defeated Penn 39 - 33 to earn a shot at the Ivy Rugby title. Brown will travel to Dartmouth this Saturday for a match against Ivy Champion Dartmouth.