This National Intercollegiate Rugby Association (NIRA) closed on week three of competition, and there’s lots of NCAA varsity women’s rugby to cover.
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The nine-team Division I held its four matches, and the Army (3-0) vs. Quinnipiac (1-2) showdown was a cracker. The Black Knights scored first, sending Codi Butt into the try zone after 20 minutes, and then Alissa Eisenhart converted for a 7-0 lead that would last another 10 minutes. The Bobcats got on the board through Libby Moser, and Abbey Terpstra’s extras sent the teams tied into the break.
Quinnipiac broke the tie four minutes into the second half, as Kat Storey dotted down for five. Eisenhart closed in with a penalty kick (12-10), and then the home side cheered as Hannah Pfersch extended the Bobcats’ lead with a third try. Terpstra’s second conversion gave Quinnipiac a 19-10 lead with the fourth quarter to play.
It was Army’s turn to surge, and back-to-back tries from Cecilia Ollis and Sydney Schaaf, both of which were converted by freshman Eisenhart, put the Black Knights up 24-17. There were seven minutes to play, and the visitors held on for a third win this season.
— Army Women’s Rugby (@ArmyWP_WRugby) September 17, 2022
After its season-opener was delayed, Dartmouth College (1-0) traveled to Sacred Heart (1-1-1) for its first game of the season. It was 10-3 at halftime, as Aly Cunningham opened up the scoring with a penalty kick for the Pioneers. Then the Big Green responded with 29-straight points. Lauren Ferridge (2), Sophie Ragg, Asia Meni and freshman Jordan Duncan scored tries, while Kristin Bitter and Abbey Savin added a conversion each.
— Dartmouth Athletics (@dartmouthsports) September 17, 2022
Brown (1-1-1), building off a tie against Sacred Heart last week, beat Princeton (0-3) 83-0 for its first win of the season. Noelle Lewis scored four tries to lead with 20 points, while Akilah Cathey and Mahdia Parker dotted down twice each. Freshmen Makayla Atoigue and Kendall Cunningham, senior captain Emerson Goodrich, Morgan Cunningham and Nikki Lynch also scored tries. Freshman flyhalf Julia Murray, who earned high praise from head coach Ros Chou, knocked over eight conversions and Erin Jessop added a ninth.
— Brown Women’s Rugby (@BrownU_WRugby) September 17, 2022
Harvard (2-0) beat Mount St. Mary’s (0-3) 95-7 for a second-straight win. Freshmen Lennox London and Cam Fields continued their scoring streaks, both tallying 25 points on the season so far. And sophomore Chloe Headlands also accounts for 25 points in tries and conversions. Jordan Roe, PK Vincze, Kiani Akina and Victoria Stanley all scored their first tries of the season while Brogan Mior handled kicking duties off the tee. The Mountaineers snapped the shutout with a Holly Click try in the second half.
Harvard Women’s Rugby Moves to 2-0, Beats Mount St. Mary’s, 95-7 https://t.co/GHhVzWyJnI
— HarvardWRugby (@RadcliffeRugby) September 17, 2022
Upcoming fixtures for week four in Division I:
Brown @ Army
Quinnipiac @ Dartmouth
Princeton @ Harvard
Long Island @ Mount St. Mary’s