Women’s Rugby Team Wins 2nd Straight Title

There was no home-pitch advantage for the Stanford women’s rugby team on Saturday as the Penn State Lady Ruggers defended their national championship by defeating the Cardinal 24-7. Not only was this Penn State’s 2nd straight national championship, it was also their 3rd title win in the past four years with Stanford being the break in the streak with a 2008 championship.

Penn State’s defense was aggressive from the beginning, limiting the Cardinal to only one try during the entire match. Stanford coach Johnathan Griffin had this to say:

“They’re unbeatable now for the next 12-15 years. They are the Cal of women’s rugby.”

Cal won the men’s title on Saturday, capturing the title for the 18th time in the past 20 years.

With another national championship in hand, the Lady Ruggers can now come home and rest and throw their support behind the men’s volleyball team, which has a chance to also play Stanford in the final on the NCAA Men’s Volleyball Tournament this Saturday.

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Dan is a graduate student in meteorology, hailing from Bradford, Pennsylvania. His interests include sports, Penn State and commons cheesesteaks. Feel free to contact me through my email or follow me on Twitter.

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