The first game of the day on Saturday, December 2nd was played in torrential rain, and it pitted the two-time defending champion, Wayne State College, against Minnesota State University Moorhead, the 2015 National Champion. Wayne dominated the first 40 minutes of the game, with tries from May Hoezing, Cassie Pickrel, and four tries from freshman flanker Kennedy Jones, while Selma Taylor added three conversions.
MSU Moorhead replied on a long range try by Jasmyn Nash, who took a ball inside her own 22, broke to the outside and outpaced the Wayne defenders to score under the posts. Tori Teske kicked the conversion. Half time score: Wayne State 36, MSU Moorhead 7.
The second half saw Moorhead come out with far more determination in defense then they had shown in the first half. They kept Wayne at bay for 20 minutes before Selma Taylor went over in the corner to open the second half scoring for Wayne. Kennedy Jones scored her fifth try of the day before Isabelle Robinson added the final try of the game.
Final score: Wayne State College 51, Minnesota State Moorhead 7
Wayne State College 51
Tries: Kennedy (5) Taylor, M.Hoesing, Pickrel, Robinson
Conversions: Taylor (3)
Minnesota State University Moorhead 7
Referee: Amelia Luciano
The second game of the day involved two teams competing in the their first NSCRO National Championship. Salve Regina University had moved comfortably through the Northeast regional playoffs, while Catholic University had a tougher route to the finals, including a 12-5 win over Lee University in the round of eight.
Catholic started the better and while they dominated the territory in the first 20 minutes they had few clear cut chances to score. Catholic had a player sent to the bin and Salve Regina were able to use the player advantage to open up the scoring in the 25th minute on a try by Katie Simoniello and a conversion by Erin Gunther. Salve Regina kept the pressure on Catholic and 10 minutes later they got a second try when Gabriella Hilner received a ball 10 meters out and shrugged off a handful of would be tacklers to score.
Half time score: Salve Regina University 12 Catholic University 0.
The second half started with Salve Regina still having the momentum and they came close to increasing their lead just three minutes into the half. They attacked wide and speedy wing Katie DiRago seemed to have turned the corner only to be bundled into touch five meters from the try line. Unfortunately this was the last time Salve Regina would get into their opponents 22 for the remainder of the game.
A try for Catholic from flanker Ally Massa seemed to spur the Washington, DC team into another gear. In the 57th minute Massa took a ball 35 meters out and beat two defenders to score under the posts. The try was converted by Julia Malcotti and the game was tied 12-12. Catholic were now in complete control of the game as they went in search of the winning try.
Salve Regina’s problems were compounded when a yellow card for cynical play reduced them to 14 players. Catholic took the lead a few minutes later when scrumhalf Liz Eways took a quick penalty and dived over from five meters out, and Malcotti kicked the conversion. Both teams threw everything into the last 10 minutes but Catholic held on for the win.
Final Score: Catholic University of America 19, Salve Regina University 12
Catholic University 19
Tries: Massa (2), Eways
Cons: Malcotti (2)
Salve Regina 12
Tries: Simoniello, Hilner
Referee: Haley Aguiar
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Championship Consolation Game
The game for third and fourth place was played between Salve Regina who were smarting from their 12-19 loss to Catholic University in the semifinal and Minnesota State University Moorhead who were looking for redemption after a 51-7 loss to Wayne State in the other semifinal. Salve Regina scored from their first possession when fullback Erin Gunther raced 60 meters to score in the corner with under two minutes played. For the next 10 minutes Salve Regina kept Moorhead pinned in their half and eventually Gunther again went over in the corner for her second try. A long run from Gabriella Hilner took the ball to within seven meters of the Moorhead goal line and a couple of phases later Katie DiRago touched down to take the score to 15-0 with just 16 minutes played. Another 60 meter run from Gunther resulted in her third try of the half that she converted herself to stretch the lead to 22-0. Moorhead got on the board with a 27th minute try from Maddie Linder. The game settled down for 10 minutes before Katie DiRago scored her second for Salve Regina.
Half time score: Salve Regina 27 Minnesota State Moorhead 5.
The second half was played in a similar fashion to the first half. Salve Regina scored first when hooker Margaret Adams touched down from short range. Moorhead came back and were awarded a penalty try when a Salve Regina player was deemed to have deliberately played the ball in a ruck just a meter out from the goal line. Salve Regina finished the stronger of the two teams as they added tries from Cassidy Chapman, Nolle Bauer, Katie DiRago, and two conversion by Erin Gunther.
Final Score: Salve Regina 51, Minnesota State Moorhead 12
Salve Regina 51
Tries: Gunther (3), DiRago (3), Adams, Chapman, Bauer
Cons: Gunther (3)
MSU Moorhead 12
Tries: Linder, Penalty try.
Referee: Haley Aguiar
The torrential rain that plagued the first day was replaced by sunshine and warm temperatures for Sunday’s Championship Final.
The game started with Catholic in possession but unable to get out of their own 22 due to the defensive pressure of Wayne State. An errant pass was picked off by outside center Lauren Nelson and she scored under the posts. Selma Taylor added the conversion and Wayne State were in the lead with just two minutes played. Wayne score a second in the 11th minute on a set move from a scrum saw freshman flyhalf Holly Schupbach score under the posts. Another conversion from Taylor took the score to 14-0. Catholic finally had some possession in the Wayne half but were constantly being driven backwards by the smothering pressure of the Wayne defense. From a stolen lineout Wayne moved the ball wide to Cassie Pickrel who dotted down to take make it 19-0 with 20 minutes gone. The second 20 saw Catholic offer more resistance but they were unable to stop Wayne from scoring two more tries from Izzy Robinson and Holly Schupbach that were both converted by Taylor.
Half time score: Wayne 33, Catholic 0
The second half opened with two tries from Kennedy Jones of Wayne State, taking the freshman flankers total to seven tries in two games. Selma Taylor added a try and conversion and from the kick off Brooke Hoesing scored on a 60 meter try, converted again by Taylor. Catholic finally began to get more possession and territory and they responded with one fo the best tries of the championship. Julia Malcotti finished off a play that began in the Catholic half, involved strong running, great support lines, and two nice offloads. Wayne came back and Taylor scored her second try of the game. Not to be outdone Malcotti added her second try for Catholic that she also converted. Wayne finished strong and Brooke Hoesing scored on the last play of the game.
Final Score: Wayne State College 67, Catholic University of America 12
Wayne State College 67
Tries: Taylor (2), B.Hoesing (2), Kennedy (2), Schupbach (2), Nelson, Pickrel, Robinson
Conversions: Taylor (6)
Catholic University 12
Tries: Malcotti (2)
Referee: Amelia Luciano
Most Valuable Player
The Most Valuable Player award went to Wayne State’s Selma Taylor who scored 22 points in the championship final
All Championship Team
Fifteen players were selected for the All Championship Team. Each player received a Championship XV shirt courtesy of Rhino Rugby.
Noelle Bauer Salve Regina University
Julia Baxter Wayne State College
Liz Demers Catholic University of America
Liz Eways Catholic University of America
Anna Fleecs Wayne State College
Erin Gunther Salve Regina University
Gabriella Hillner Salve Regina University
Brooke Hoesing Wayne State College
Kennedy Jones Wayne State College
Maddie Linder Minnesota State University Moorhead
Julia Malcotti Catholic University of America
Ally Massa Catholic University of America
Jasmyn Nash Minnesota State University Moorhead
Holly Schupbach Wayne State College
Selma Taylor Wayne State College
Heart and Soul Award
One player from each team was nominated by their team to be the recipient of the Heart and Soul Award. The four players received a Vortex Elite game ball courtesy of Rhino Rugby.
Maddie Putler - Wayne State College
Courtney Gosse - Catholic University of America
Cassidy Chapman - Salve Regina University
Megan Vandermuelen - Minnesota State University Moorhead y
Impact Player Award
One player from each team was nominated by their team to be the recipient of the Impact Player Award. The award goes a team member selected by the coaching staff whose defensive skill and strong tackling contributed to the team’s success. Each player received a custom-made mouthguard from Impact Mouthguards.
Holly Schupbach - Wayne State College
Christina Peyroux - Catholic University of America
Erin Gunther - Salve Regina University
Laurel Hoseth - Minnesota State University Moorhead
Penn Mutual: Penn Mutual is the primary sponsor of NSCRO. Thank you to Penn Mutual, Jeff Leinen and his staff for their commitment to rugby. Visit Penn Mutual at pennmutual.com
Rhino Rugby: Provided game balls, referee jerseys and Championship XV shirts. Teams received Rhino Rugby gift certificates of $500, $250, $150 and $100. Visit Rhino Rugby at rhinorugby.com
Life University and the tireless work of Ros Chou and her players.
Video Streaming: video services provided by Jesse Miller
Announcer: Thank you to Craig Dekshenieks for the play by play commentary.
Referees. Thank you to Amelia Luciano and Haley Aguiar who refereed this weekend’s games, and also to the Assistant Referees Cheryl Saunders and Erin McCroskey.
The National Championship will be held at the Life University Rugby Facility in Marietta, Georgia on Dec. 1-2. All matches will be live streamed on our new NSCRO Women's YouTube channel.
The schedule is as follows:
All times shown as Eastern Time Zone
Saturday December 1st
11:00 am - Wayne State College v Minnesota State University Moorhead
1:00 pm - Salve Regina University v The Catholic University of America
NSCRO is proud to announce that its 2018 Women's National Championship will return to Life University in Marietta, Georgia on Dec. 1-2. It is hosted by Life University and its Women's Rugby Club. All matches will be live-streamed.
The four Regional Championships were held on November 10-11.
Only six teams are returning from last year’s round of sixteen, and Wayne State College is the sole surviving team that contested the 2017 Final Four. Several traditionally strong teams have gone through a rebuilding year and did not make it out of conference play. In some cases, there were teams that got it all right on the day and pulled off the upset. All of this resulted in a very wide open field with no clear favorite in any region.
We will post updates and scores on our Facebook page throughout the weekend.
Here are the results for the Regional Championships:
|Northeast Region at Union College – Schenectady, NY
Salve Regina University 43 - Franklin Pierce University 10
University of Rochester 64 - Fordham University 0
3rd Place - Franklin Pierce 49 - Fordham 0
Final - Salve Regina 43 - Rochester 15
|Mid-Atlantic South Region at York College of Pennsylvania – York, PA
Lee University 34 - Albright College 12
Catholic University 36 - University of Scranton 0
3rd Place - Scranton 17 - Albright 5
Final - Catholic 12 - Lee 5
Central Region at Findlay Rugby Football Club – Findlay, OH
|West Region at Wayne State College – Wayne, NE
Wayne State College 55 - Northern Michigan University 10
MiraCosta Community College 37 - Colorado College 22
3rd Place - Northern Michigan 36 - Colorado 19
Final - Wayne State 53 - MiraCosta 10
The National Championship was held at the new Life University Rugby Facility in Marietta, Georgia on Dec. 2-3 with the following results:
SemiFinal: Wayne State College 78-7 Gustavus Adolphus College
SemiFinal: Bentley Univ 33-19 York College
Third Place: Gustavus Adolphus College 43-36 (OT) York College
Final: Wayne State College 46-26 Bentley Univ
The four Regional Championships were held on four college campuses on the weekend of 11-12 November with the following results:
Bentley College 34- 27 Colgate Univ
UMass Dartmouth 85-0 Colby-Sawyer College
Final: Bentley College 26-0 UMass Dartmouth
York College 45-0 Fordham University
Lee Univ 37-27 (OT) Widener University
Final: York College 33-29 Lee Univ
Gustavus Adolphus College 49-12 Denison Univ
Univ of Rochester 46-7 Grove City College
Final: Gustavus Adolphus College 42-39 Univ of Rochester
Wayne State College 69-0 SUNY Oneonta
Minnesota State -Moorhead 57-10 Colorado College
Final: Wayne State College 48-19 Minnesota State -Moorhead
Bentley University - 2017 Northeast Region Champion
York College - 2017 Mid-Atlantic South Region Champion
Gustavus Adolphus College - 2017 Central Region Champion
Wayne State College - 2017 West Region Champion