HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth women's rugby team came away from Brophy Field this weekend as winners of the 2017 NIRA 7s Challenge Cup.
The Big Green were the victors thanks to a pair of victories against Army West Point, a first for the program. The second win was a 19-12 triumph in the title game, giving the home team the championship just a week after finishing second at the Ivy 7s in Hanover last Sunday.
There was a three-way tie for first place at the end of pool play between Dartmouth, Army and Harvard, meaning the tiebreaker came down to point differential. Army claimed the No. 1 seed thanks to a plus-83 margin, while the Green and White were second based on a plus-51 mark. Harvard took third with a plus-13 scoring margin.
American International claimed the four-seed by virtue of tying West Chester on the final play of the game with a try and winning it on the ensuing conversion.
Dartmouth would go on to beat Army, 10-5, before dropping it's only game of the day to Harvard, 10-7, in its next game. However, the Big Green would bounce back to take down the Black Knights by seven in the final game of the day.
There was also a secondary tournament called the Big Green 7s that featured teams from Army, Dartmouth, UMass and Northeastern. The Huskies were the winners, thanks to a try on the last play of the title game against the Cadets.
|NIRA 7s Challenge Cup|
|Big Greens 7s|
|Game #||Home Team||Score||Away Team||Score|
|12||Army B||22||Dartmouth B||12|