Women’s Rugby Wins Tenth National Championship

While the rest of us were walking across the stage at commencement or on our way home from Happy Valley, a select few Penn Staters were taking care of business at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. The perennial power house women’s rugby team team won its 10th Division I National Championship, crushing Central Washington University 61-7. The game was the team’s 11th consecutive trip to the National Championship, as well as its fourth consecutive title.

Though Penn State started out with a turnover thanks to a penalty, domination ensued for the rest of the match. Elizabeth Cairns was the first to get the Nittany Lions on the board, followed quickly by a try from Katie Mueller and a successful kick for a conversion from Gabriella Cantorna. Lauren Shissler, Meya Bizer, and Hope Rogers also added tries to give Penn State a 27-0 lead at halftime.

In the second half, the Nittany Lions scored four more unanswered tries, during which time Central Washington couldn’t even get its hands on the ball. Though the Wildcats did eventually get on the board in the 69th minute, Penn State added two more tries, bringing the final score to a commanding 61-7.

Katie Mueller was named MVP of the match. The match marked Penn State’s seventh National Championship in 10 years.

The team will finish out the season throughout the end of May, playing in the USA Rugby Collegiate 7s Championship on the 22-23 and the Collegiate Rugby Championship 7s Invitational (CRC 7s) on the 29-31.

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