Women’s Rugby Wins Big Ten Championship
Penn State women’s rugby won the Big Ten Championship this weekend after a commanding 119-0 shutout over Indiana at home. The women moved onto the championship match thanks to a 13-0 regular season and a 105-0 win over Purdue in the semifinal.
The women opened the game with a 55-0 first half, but didn’t slow up from there. Scout Cheeks, Kacy Dux, Tess Feury, Gabby Cantorna, Carly Waters, Taylah Pipkin, Courtney Williams, Megan Lowe, Katie Mueller, Kristina Perry, Azniv Nalbandian, and Alix Tyson all recorded trys for the Nittany Lions. Cheeks led the way with five, and both Feury and Pipkin had two apiece. Penn State went 12 for 19 on conversions.
The men’s rugby team also bagged a couple of wins, but was unable to walk away with any titles. Last weekend the men beat Iona, 56-12, to advance to the Rugby East Championship against Kutztown. Penn State took the match, 24-15, but rugby is admittedly a confusing sport, and the Golden Bears took the championship trophy. The Nittany Lions needed a four-try bonus point victory in order to take the crown, but Kutztown squandered Penn State’s offense in the second half, leaving them unable to get the fourth try.
“Obviously we would have loved to win the Rugby East title, but we were more than happy with a win,” sophomore scrum Jimmy Ronan said. “The Penn State versus Kutztown rivalry is probably the best that you’ll find on the east coast, and in recent years we have been on the losing side of things.”
The women play Division I and are one of the seven teams in the Big Ten Conference. Last spring, they won the Division I Championship and have brought their dominating efforts into the new year. The men compete in the Division 1A level of the college rugby league in the East conference.