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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    
Team Record PF PA PD
Dartmouth 'A' 4-1 97 39 58
Army 'A' 3-2 119 43 76
Harvard 4-1 84 50 34
AIC 1-4 29 137 -108
West Chester 0-4 43 103 -60
 Big Greens 7s 
Team Record PF PA PD
Army 'B' 4-0 102 65 37
Northeastern 3-1 90 46 44
Dartmouth 'B' 1-3 62 70 -8
UMass 0-4 36 109 -73

 

GAME-BY-GAME RESULTS
Game # Home Team Score Away Team Score
1 Harvard 17 West Chester 7
2 Dartmouth 27 AIC 0
3 UMass 12 Army B 22
4 Northeastern 24 Dartmouth B 0
5 Dartmouth 34 West Chester 12
6 Army 43 AIC 0
7 UMass 7 Dartmouth B 20
8 Northeastern 12 Army B 27
9 West Chester 17 AIC 19
10 Army 26 Harvard 7
11 Northeastern 20 UMass 5
12 Army B 22 Dartmouth B 12
BREAK
13 Harvard 24 AIC 5
14 Army 5 Dartmouth 10
15 Northeastern 17 Dartmouth B 0
16 Army B 17 UMass 12
17 Dartmouth 7 Harvard 10
18 Army 33 West Chester 7
19 Dartmouth B 30 UMass 0
20 Northeastern 17 Army B 14
21 Harvard 26 AIC 5
22 Army A 12 Dartmouth  19