HAMDEN, Conn. - After notching semifinal wins in the National Intercollegiate Rugby Association (NIRA) semifinals, #1 Dartmouth College and #2 Quinnipiac University will square off in the National Championship on Sunday at Quinnipiac University. Kickoff is slated for 12pm.
The two-time reigning National Champions, Quinnipiac, earned the opportunity to defend their title by defeating Central Washington University 41-26 in the semifinals. The team rallied after trailing 12-7 at the half by scoring 24 unanswered points and shutting out the potent CWU offense in the final 22 minutes of the match. Senior Ilona Maher notched three tries on the day while Senior Flora Poole led the Bobcats with two assists.
Number one seed Dartmouth defeated their Ivy League counterpart in Harvard University 17-12 in the second semifinal of the afternoon. The second half saw the Dartmouth offense click as senior Frankie Sands and junior Camille Johnson both scored tries along with conversions from Kat Ramage extend the lead to 17-0. Harvard didn't go down without a fight, scoring two tries and one conversion to bring the game within five, but it wasn't enough as the Big Green held on to secure the win.
The National Championship will be broadcast live on The Rugby Channel. Viewers who would like to catch the broadcast should visit therugbychannel.tv. Those with current subscriptions will be able to view the semifinals and finals along with other premium content featured on the platform. New members will need to sign up for an account by utilizing the link in the upper right hand corner of the home page. Users will be prompted to enter an email and password and follow additional on-screen prompts to register. The cost of subscription is $7.99/month or $59.99/year and includes access to all premium content The Rugby Channel offers on its online platform.
For more information on the NIRA Championship visit www.ncaacollegerugby.org or follow NIRA on twitter @NIRArugby
About the National Intercollegiate Rugby Association
The National Intercollegiate Rugby Association is comprised of 17 member institutions. Each of these institutions sponsor NCAA rugby at their respective divisional levels and are committed to the expansion of women's rugby at the highest level with eventual full sponsorship by the NCAA as a championship sport.