PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



Women’s Rugby Dominates College 7’s National Championship

The Women’s Rugby team made the trip to Denver, Colorado this past weekend for the College 7’s National Championship and returned to Happy Valley with the program’s first-ever 7’s title. The Lions are well-known for their 15’s program (where there are 15 players per side, playing two 40-minute halves), but finally broke through in the quicker game (seven per side, two seven-minute halves). The team proved it was the nation’s best not only because it won, but because of how it won.

16 teams played in the tournament and were divided into four pools. The Nittany Lions casually swept their way through the pool stage, kicking off the tournament with a 42-7 win over everyone’s favorite program, Rutgers. After a 39-0 dismantling of Montana State and a 24-7 win over UC Davis, Penn State emerged from Pool A with a 3-0 record to enter the official bracket.

Stanford went 2-1 in Pool B and played a decent game with the heavily-favored Lions, scoring the match’s first 12 points before being overwhelmed in the second half. Penn State ended up doubling-up the Cardinal and punched its ticket to the semifinals with a 24-12 win.

Princeton came out of Pool C with a 2-1 record, beat Lindenwood 19-15 in the quarterfinals, then took the field with Penn State. An early lead for Penn State proved to be too much for the Tigers, and a 26-7 win sent the Lions to the finals to take on the Central Washington Wildcats.

Central Washington was one of two teams in the tournament with two shutouts under its belt and also entered the Championship game undefeated. Penn State went on a massive scoring streak in the middle of the game that stole all potential momentum from Central Washington, and a few last-minute scores from the Wildcats weren’t enough to dent Penn State’s lead. The Nittany Lions won 47-26 and won their first-ever 7’s trophy.

To put the win in perspective, Penn State played three matches on Saturday and three on Sunday. It scored 202 points and allowed 59 — a point differential of +143. The 39-0 win over Montana State was the tournament’s biggest blowout, and the closest match Penn State played in was a 12-point win.

School’s officially out, but Penn State Athletics are still racking up the accolades. Way to go, ladies!

Photo: Penn State Athletics

About the Author

Doug Leeson

Doug is a sophomore and Onward State's Assistant Managing Editor. Dislikes: popcorn, Rutgers, and a low #TimberCount. Likes: "Frozen," Rec Hall, and you. Contact him via email at [email protected] or on Twitter @DougLeeson.


More by Doug

Freshman 101: How To Buy Football Tickets

Tickets go on sale for graduate students on Monday, June 18, followed by seniors on Tuesday, juniors on Wednesday, sophomores on Thursday, and freshmen on Friday.

Pork State: Meet Sir Remington, State College’s Most Interesting Pet

Report: James Franklin Is Only Mildly Excited For This Opportunity


Shea Moyer Lifts Penn State Women’s Soccer Past West Virginia 1-0

Sophomore midfielder Shea Moyer scored the game-winning goal in the 80th minute of a rainy season opener at Jeffrey Field.

Penn State Women’s Soccer Poised For Strong 2018 Season

Incoming Penn State Track & Field Athlete Kristian Marche Shot To Death In Philadelphia

Former Women’s Gymnastics Coach Files Lawsuit Against Penn State Over Handling Of Abuse Allegations

Men’s Soccer Trio, Reading United Win PDL Eastern Conference Title, Fall Short Of National Championship

Student Life

Student Body President Cody Heaton Welcomes Class of 2022 At Convocation

UPUA President Cody Heaton welcomed the incoming Class of 2022 Saturday evening with an inspiring speech.

Start The Semester Off Right With These Welcome Week Activities

Nike Releases New Penn State Sneakers

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Join Onward State: Fall 2018 Application

Onward State is hiring for the fall semester and we’d love to have you join us.

Penn State Officially Welcomes Class Of 2022 At Convocation

The Class of 2022 joined the Penn State family Saturday evening at Convocation.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Assessing Penn State’s Front Seven Following Tuesday’s Medical Retirements

Penn State’s defensive line rotation will be shaken up following Ryan Buchholz’s medical retirement from football, while the coaching staff is letting the linebackers duel it out during camp.

Send this to a friend