Penn State Women vs Boston U - Collegiate Rugby Championship
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Penn State was runner-up in the first women’s CRC in 2011, losing to Army. In 2013, 2014, and 2015, Penn State won the CRC title. The Nittany Lions have settled for third the last two years. With an astonishing 167 points scored and none surrendered, Penn State broke Life University’s heart with an emphatic (74–0) victory over Clemson to secure the top seed, edging Life by more than a dozen points.

Boston had the toughest path to the quarterfinal, managing to book a place despite a 1–2 record. Penn State, on the other hand, cruised through the competition to the tune of 167 points to none. Penn State continued when Sophie Pyrz crossed for the Nittany Lions first score. Gianna Solomon was next to score for Penn State, to make it 10–0 in Penn State’s favor. Darina Roe almost added another try for Penn State but was brought down at the five-meter line, with her offload ending up a knock on. Irene Koraplis pushed the advantage to 17–0 following Roe’s conversion.

A stiff arm by Solomon led to Penn State’s first try of the second half, and Solomon’s second of the match. Roe could not connect on the conversion, making it 22–0. With three and a half minutes remaining, Boston threatened to break the shutout. Instead, Penn State stood tall and Pyrz added her second try of the match. Roe added the conversion to make it 27–0 heading into the final two minutes. Penn State extended the lead with a try by Katie O’Hare to make it 34–0 in the thirteenth minute. Gabby Cantorna off the bench was good for the extra two points, to make it 36–0. Cantorna would claim five more points to close the match: Penn State 41, Boston 0.

Scorers
Penn State: (#4) Sophie Perez TT, (#6) TT, #12 T, #10 T, #1 T, #11 CC, #1 C