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The women’s division at the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship has been around for years, but the 2015 edition should be the most robust yet. With teams coming from as far as Arizona, Indiana, Missouri, and Georgia, it’s truly become a national event.
Army won the inaugural women’s CRC in 2011, and Penn State is the two-time defending champion. Trying to knock the Nittany Lions off this year will be Arizona, Michigan, Life, Lindenwood, Ohio State, Delaware, Notre Dame and Boston University. The field is expected to include 12 teams eventually, and potentially even 14.
The impressive group of programs gives Arizona, Michigan, Life, Penn State and Notre Dame presence in both the men’s and women’s divisions of the event.
The women’s competition will be played out over three days – Friday, Saturday and Sunday – just like the men’s. Two new fields have been installed on the PPL Park grounds, and they’ll be home to the bulk of the women’s games, though the final and likely the semifinals, will be played in the stadium.
“The expansion of the event is just coming off the success we’ve had the last two years. We’re aware of the attitude that the women’s game might not receive as much attention, and we think that’s a mistake, because the women’s game is actually growing faster than the men’s game in terms of participation numbers,” said CRC competition manager Steve Albrecht.
“We just want to put on the best tournament possible, and we think having these games down at PPL at the two brand new stadium fields and in the stadium is the best way to provide that, and we just want to keep the game growing.”