Sunday, March 29, 2009

eRugbynews Article (3/28/09)

UNI Puched in MW College Women Semis
Saturday Mar 28, 2009 in Women Colleges

March 28, 2009 –What many thought would be a one-sided game proved to be an epic battle between two well-coached Midwest women’s college teams as the favored University of Northern Iowa were given all they could handle by Grand Valley State University, not to DI rugby this season.This cold and rainy match started out with the big UNI forwards pounding the ball off the fringe, time and time again, and GVSU spinning the ball out to its speed as often as possible. The score was low but the defense was tenacious on both sides with lots of big hits and big runs. At the end of regulation the score was tied at 10. In the first overtime both teams traveled back and forth from goal line to goal line but were unable to punch it in. In the first ten minutes of the second overtime, the game was played on UNI’s goal line. Unfortunately, GVSU was unable to capitalize. The second 10 minutes of the second overtime ran completely opposite. With 150 seconds to go, UNI was able to capitalize on a missed tackle and scored what ended up being the winning try.”The game was a great representation of what a well matched rugbycompetition should be,” said GVSU coach Bob Ricthammer. “Both teams fought to the bitter of this 120-minute battle.”Sunday, UNI will play Indiana University, also winners Saturday, for the Championship with both teams moving on to the national Round of 16. GVSU will play Iowa State University for 3rd place.

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