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For the eighth time Penn State and Stanford will play for the USA Rugby Women's DI College Rugby Championship Saturday.
Stanford defeated American International, although they did fall behind 5-0 early on.
Led by the redoubtable Jess Davis, AIC did not back down but did struggled to convert early pressure into more tries. Far too many knock-ons for the Yellowjackets hurt them. And Stanford, after a few miscues themselves, tied the game after a long run then a pick-and-jam from the forwards. Madeline Wilson produced some big runs and set up the go-ahead try, and then in the second half it opened up as AIC started getting yellow cards.
Stanford won 29-15.
In the second semifinal of Friday evening, Penn State were just too much. Lock Beth Rose was a powerhouse with the ball in hand and Penn State's superior ball movement and physical defense shut out West Chester.
The Nittany Lions were led in the backs by center pairing of Lauren Barber and Corey Meanix were excellent. Barber set up countless gainline-breaking runs for others, and Meanix scored three tries. Flyhalf Gabby Cantorna scored two for Penn State, who were rarely threatened by a hard-working, but overmatched West Chester squad.
This sets up a classic clash between two longtime rivals. Since 2005 these teams have met seven previous times in the national final. Stanford won in 2005, 2006, and 2008. Penn State won in 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2012.