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NIRA CHAMPIONSHIP
No. 1 Dartmouth (8-0) at No. 2 Quinnipiac (9-2)
Date: Sunday, Nov. 19
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: Hamden, Conn. – Quinnipiac Rugby Field
All-Time Series: 1-2
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THIS WEEKEND
After winning its NIRA Semifinal match against Harvard on Friday, top-ranked Dartmouth advanced to the final to face No. 2 Quinnipiac on Sunday at the Quinnipiac Rugby Field. 

WATCH IT LIVE
The match can be watched on therugbychannel.tv. Those with current subscriptions will be able to view the final, along with other premium content featured on the platform. New members will need to sign up for an account. For in-game updates, fans can follow the team’s official Twitter: @DartmouthWRugby. 

LAST TIME OUT
On Friday, the Big Green edged No. 5 Harvard, 17-12, in the NIRA Semifinal, advancing to the national championship for the first time in program history. 

Kat Ramage led the team with seven points from a successful kick for points and a pair of conversions, while Frankie Sands and Camille Johnson both had a try to end the day with five points apiece.

Just three points separated the teams at the end of a very close first half, thanks to Ramage’s kick early in the match. 

The Big Green found their stride early in the second to pull away from the Crimson. A minute and a half in, Sands scored the first try of the game and her seventh of the season, with the assist going to Lilly Durbin. Following a good conversion by Ramage, Dartmouth had a 10-0 advantage. 

A few minutes later, Johnson further increased the Green’s lead with her second try of the year, and, with another conversion by Ramage, Dartmouth led Harvard, 17-0. 

This is where the game got interesting. Two Crimson tries, both by Maya Learned, and one conversion got Harvard within five, but the Big Green kept their opponent out of the try zone to end the match with a win. 

SCOUTING THE BOBCATS
Quinnipiac defeated Central Washington, 41-26, to advance to its third straight championship game. After trailing, 12-7, at the half, the Bobcats went on a 24-0 run to capture the victory. Ilona Maher tallied three ties, while Mikah Maples added two of her own. 

LAST TIME AGAINST QUINNIPIAC
On Sept. 9, Dartmouth took down the two-time defending national champion and top-ranked Quinnipiac, 22-17, in the season opener. 

Sands had two tries, while Durbin and Idia Ihensehkien both had one try apiece. Ramage had one conversion in the second half. 

Dartmouth had a great first half, scoring three tries while holding Quinnipiac scoreless. Sands got the first two scores to give the home team a 10-0 lead, while Durbin added another in the 34th minute to enter the intermission with a 15-0 edge. 

In the 47th minute, the Bobcats made it 15-7 with their first try and conversion of the afternoon. On the ensuing kick-off, Dartmouth maintained pressure in its attacking third and its forward pack put together several powerful phases of play on the line. Minutes after Quinnipiac’s score, Ihensehkien got her first try of the season and, with a Ramage conversion, the Big Green led, 22-7. 

The Bobcats followed that up with two tries of their own, but missed both conversions, ending the game trailing by five. 

The win was the first against a Quinnipiac team that has been dominant against varsity competition since the program’s inception. The Bobcats had won the only previous meeting two years ago in Hamden en route to the first of their two straight national titles.