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In looking back at the D1 Women’s College Championship, it is unexpected for some that in the past, three Ivy League universities - Radcliffe, Brown, and Princeton - not only competed at the highest (or semi-final) level but also won the tournament. In 1996, Princeton attained its second title in a row, defeating Penn State 20-12 in an event played at Colorado Springs.
Surprisingly, Princeton was a self-coached team for most of the spring season, a fact which fostered the false notion that the Tigers could not possibly repeat their 1995 National victory. Scrum half and Tournament Back MVP Susie Welgos, stated, “It got us so angry to think that were completely overlooked.”
The Tigers victory over the Nittany Lions came from superior forward play and adherence to a game plan that succeeded. The losers achieved their second runner up spot. (Penn State would eventually win the next year in 1997 and claim nine Women’s title after. Radcliffe would prevail in 1998 ).
Princeton defeated Radcliffe 14-10 in the semis, while Penn State beat Air Force 14-3. The other four participants were Virginia, St. Benedict’s, Central Washington, and Florida State.