Life Women vs Navy Women - Collegiate Rugby Championship

Life had expected to be the top seed coming off its final match, a 75–0 (that’s the listed score, but scoring list adds up to 74–0, doesn’t change seeding, website says 75–0) win over Drexel. Penn State managed to post 74 unanswered on Clemson to take the top spot.

Life has faced Navy in the knockout round in each of the last two CRCs. In 2016, it was Life winning 19–0 in the semifinals. In 2017, Life beat Navy 38–0 in the quarterfinals. Life is 2–0 all-time against Navy at the CRC.

These two squads met for the third straight year in the knockout round of the CRC. Through the first two year, Life stood undefeated against Navy. Life’s Spiff Sedrick got Life in front early with an almost full-pitch score under the post just forty seconds into the match. Madison Ohmann made short work of the conversion for the 7–0 advantage. Sydnee Cervinski extended the Running Eagles’ lead with a try in the third minute to make it 12–0. The floodgates burst open when Sedrick scampered in for her second score of the half. Kaitlyn Broughton pushed it to 22–0, which became 24–0 when Ohmann hit her second conversion. The half came to a close with Life up 29–0 after Maria Marin sped away for a five-pointer.

It took almost three and a half minutes for Life to get the second-half scoring started but Jocelyn Jones eventually extended her squad’s lead to 34–0 with a try in the left corner. As would be expected of Naval cadets, the women of Navy refused to give up even when the score appeared well out of reach. At the end, Life’s Whitney Wilson could have easily scored against most teams facing a 34–0 deficit. Instead, Navy remained fierce and covered the chip ahead to end the competition.

Life: #11 TT, #4 T, #1 T, #12 T, #5 T #2 CC