KNOXVILLE, TN – After no championship was held last season due to COVID, the Wayne State College women’s rugby program was right back in the national spotlight for small college rugby.
From the Tennessee Rugby Park in Knoxville, Tennessee, Wayne State College competed in the National College Rugby (NCR) 15-on-15 Final Four.
Opening the weekend on Saturday, the top-seeded Wildcats started slow against #16 Northern Michigan only leading 7-5 during the first 15 minutes of the match. WSC then kicked it into high gear and won 96-5.
In the other semifinal, #6 New York Cortland defeated #3 Lee University, 39-12.
In the championship match on Sunday, Wayne State College again won handily by the score of 72-10 over NY Cortland. Northern Michigan placed third with a 53-19 victory over Lee.
The Fall 2021 15s national title marks the 13th overall in program history for the Wayne State women in the past eight years who will next prepare for the 7s season.
Senior Isabelle Robinson was named the tournament MVP joining teammates junior Selma Taylor, senior Lauren Nelson, junior Ashton Hurley and junior Taylor Ference on the All-Tournament Team.
The Wayne State College men’s rugby team is also back in action this coming weekend in search for their first national championship during the Men’s NCR 15s Final Four in Houston, Texas.
On Friday, December 10, unranked Wayne State College will open with #18 Western Oregon at 2 p.m. with #21 College of Charleston starting the day off against #17 Siena at noon. The third place match will be played at 10 a.m. on Sunday, December 12 along with the championship match at noon also on Sunday.