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NIRA Week 5 + Stats

  • 04 Oct 2021

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The National Intercollegiate Rugby Association (NIRA), the country’s NCAA varsity competition, held another full weekend of divisional and non-league games. DI has two undefeated teams; Division II is still waiting for its first official conference game; and DIII produced the closest match of the weekend.

RELATED: Fixtures & Scores: Oct. 1-3


Harvard (4-0) extended its winning streak to four-straight, defeating Quinnipiac (1-3) 60-24. The Bobcats were still in the match at halftime, trailing just 31-17 at the break, but then the Crimson added five tries in the second stanza while holding the Connecticut side to one score.

Harvard sophomore Brogan Mior led all scorers with 18 points (2T, 4C). Freshman Chloe Headland also scored a try and leads the team with 50 points (3T, 13C, 3P) overall. Senior captain Cassidy Bargell dotted down twice for a team-leading eight tries. Three other players in NIRA have scored eight tries this fall: Bowdoin sophomore Colleen Doucette, Dartmouth 5th year Lilly Durbin and Manhattanville senior Kasey Molito.

Kat Storey is Quinnipiac’s lead scorer with five tries on the fall.

Harvard 60

Tries: Mior 2, Bargell 2, Kim, Headland, Vincze, Groth, Hartung, Morgan

Cons: Brogan 4, Vincze

Quinnipiac 24

Tries: Storey 2, Le Rossignol, Bice

Cons: Ni Bhraonain 2

Dartmouth is also 4-0 after beating 0-4 Sacred Heart 63-10. Eight players scored Dartmouth’s 10 tries, with Emily Henrich and Sophie Ragg doubling up in the try zone. while Pioneers’ Aly Cunningham accounted for half of the team’s points off the tee, and is tied with Headland with most penalties (3) this season.

Dartmouth 63

Tries: Henrich 2, Ragg 2, Schier, I. Ihensekhien, Sia Meni, N. Ihensekhien, Ferridge, Opler

Cons: Bitter 4, Henrich

Pen: Henrich

Sacred Heart 10

Tries: Kimball

Cons: Cunningham

Pen: Cunningham

Army (4-1, 3-1) traveled to Mount St. Mary’s (1-2) and established a 26-0 first-half lead, before both teams scored a try in the second half. Sophomore Codi Butt led all point-scorers with 13 (T, 4C) and is second in the league with 74 points (7T, 18C, 1P).

Army 33

Tries: Henry 2, Schaaf, Butt, Linder

Cons: Butt 4

Mount St. Mary’s 5

Tries: Blair

Brown (2-1) had its previous game canceled and then entered a bye week, so the Bears were eager to get back on the pitch – as demonstrated by the monstrous shutout against Long Island University (0-4). Zy Thomas, Emmajane Rhodenhiser and Mahdia Parker led with four tries apiece, while Olivia Duba accounted for 24 points on a try and nine conversions.

Brown 114

Tries: Thomas 4, Rhodenhiser 4, Parker 4, Cathey, Lewis, Duba, Clapp, Ryu, Mahoney

Cons: Duba 9, Cunningham 3

Long Island 0


There were no league games in DII, as the West Chester vs. Lander game that was meant to occur in Raleigh, N.C., was postponed.

AIC has three non-league wins to its credit this fall and is set to play West Chester on Wed., Oct. 6. The Yellow Jackets took on New York State’s Colgate University in a 90-5 win. Freshman Kassidy Pothier led the team with 23 points (T, 9C) and is third on the league’s point-scoring list with 51 (3T, 18C). Suley Guerrero is now at seven tries this fall after three scores against Colgate.

AIC 90

Tries: Gurerrero 3, Berggren 2, Pangelinan 2, Ray, Justice 2, Helman, Ritter-Truxal, Milov, K Pothier

Cons: K Pothier 9, A Pothier 2

Colgate 5

Tries: Meyerowitz

Queens is 7-0 in non-league action this fall and has used those games to work a big roster. On Saturday, the Royals beat Virginia Tech 82-0, and saw freshmen Maddie Hughes and Jay Stone, and junior Megan Reed score three tries apiece. Hughes is fifth on NIRA’s scoring sheet this fall, accounting for 41 points on seven tries and three conversions.

Queens Univ. Charlotte 82

Tries: Hughes 3, Reed 3, Stone 3, Preuss, Kemora, English, Hall, Knutson

Cons: Hughes, English 2

Pens: English

Virginia Tech 0


Norwich (1-2, 0-2) trailed 19-5 as the fourth quarter approached, but then back-to-back tries pulled the scoreline to 19-15 with 10 minutes to play. The New England (2-2, 2-1) defense withstood the surge and Meghan Smith’s two conversions provided the cushion for the 19-15 win.

Univ. New England 19

Tries: Ehrenfried 2, Thomas

Cons: Smith 2

Norwich 15

Tries: Greeno, Butcher, DiMento

Bowdoin (4-0, 2-0) played fellow Maine program Colby in a homecoming friendly and won 55-7. Senior wing Molly Petronzio, the league’s leading scorer, put down six tries and kicked four conversions.

Bowdoin 55

Tries: Petronzio 6, Doucette, Noel, Garnett

Cons: Petronzio 4, Clukey

Colby 7

Castleton @ Colby-Sawyer played three 7s matches, and the Chargers won the series 2-1. Colby-Sawyer won the first match 12-5, Castleton answered with a 10-0 win, and then the Chargers took the final game 10-0. Bethany Ralph, Carmella Richardson and Syndey Calderwood scored tries for Colby-Sawyer.

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