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In recent weeks, sevens have been on display on the east coast, especially among Ivy League Women’s and Men’s sides. The prominent success story concerns Dartmouth Women who won both the Ivy Sevens played at Princeton, New Jersey, but also the National Intercollege Rugby Association (NIRA) sevens event for women’s colleges that are Varsity (NCAA affiliated) rugby programs.
For the Men, Brown won the Ivy Sevens, at Yale ‘s new field in New Haven and Penn won an all-Philadelphia sevens tournament, playing against other Philly-based universities.
The NIRA event was held at Providence, RI, featuring many women’s colleges in the League, most located in Mid-Atlantic or New England states. The Big Green women went 5-0 in the tournament, achieving four shutouts on route to the final against Army, winning 29-12. Harvard defeated Norwich 27-17 for third place.
At the Ivies in Princeton, Dartmouth Women had an easy time, winning the event and shutting out all opponents on the path to victory.
The Ivy Men’s Sevens saw Brown defeat a Dartmouth B side 22-0 for the title. Dartmouth held back many A team players who also play fifteens and who will meet Nevada in the D-IIA national fifteen’s championship this weekend in North Carolina. Brown was only tested by Harvard, prevailing 19-10 in the semis. The other wins for the Dave Laflamme-coached Bruins were shutouts. Of note, neither Princeton nor Penn sent teams. The matches were played on Yale’s new facility for Club Sports, a dedicated rugby pitch with adjacent practice fields, featuring an electronic scoreboard.
In Philadelphia, the U. Penn sevens defeated city-based rivals Temple, Villanova, and LaSalle before meeting Temple again in the finals and winning 24-0. Drexel and St. Joe’s also competed in the event.
Dartmouth Women and Men will compete at the Penn Mutual College Rugby Championship the first weekend in June at Talen Energy Stadium, Chester, Pennsylvania. Harvard Men will compete in the Freedom Division at the CRC, which will determine who will play in 2019’s CRC.
For more information about rugby in the Ivy League, access www.ivyrugbyconference.com