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HANOVER, N.H. – Dartmouth women's rugby head coach Katie Dowty has announced the schedule for the upcoming 2017 15s season.

“We are looking to build off the strong foundation we have laid in our first two years as a varsity program,” Dowty said. “We have won the Ivy 15s Championship two years running, finished fourth nationally in 7s this past spring, and believe we can make a National Championship run if we keep challenging ourselves.”

This season's schedule is a mix of four home games at Brophy Field and two regular season tilts away from Hanover before the Ivy Championship at Princeton in late October.

The home opener is set for Sept. 9 and pits the Big Green against the two-time defending national champion from Quinnipiac.

“This fall will be about elevating our game to that next level by taking on the best competition we can. In our opening matches we take on reigning DI Elite Club Champion Penn State and our fellow DI NCAA programs Quinnipiac and Army, who finished first and third, respectively, in the NIRA Varsity Championship last fall,” Dowty remarked.

“With the growth of NCAA programs around the country, the standard of women's collegiate rugby keeps rising year after year,” the Dartmouth head coach continued. “We are proud to be a part of that movement and thrilled to play such a quality competitive schedule from start to finish.”

Following the regular season and the conference tournament at Princeton, the National Intercollegiate Rugby Association (NIRA) Tournament will be held in November. The quarterfinals will take place on Nov. 11 at campus locations, while the semifinals and championship will take place on Nov. 17 and 19 at a yet-to-be-named predetermined location.

The complete schedule is as follows:

9.2 at Penn State
10.7 at Harvard 
10.14 BROWN 
10.28 Ivy Championship at Princeton
11.11 NIRA Varsity Quarterfinals (location TBD)
11.17 NIRA Varsity Semifinal (location TBD)
11.19 NIRA Varsity Final (location TBD)