Penn State to face Lindenwood in Women's Cup Final - Collegiate Rugby Championship
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Ally Gallagher got NSCRO on the board first. Kelcey Stutzman having overcome yesterday her struggles in goal kicking on day 1, continued her good run of form with the conversion to make it 7–0 over the heavily favored Nittany Lions. It was the first points against Penn State in the tournament.

Fighting back, Penn State narrowly missed out on a try in the left corner but was dragged to touch. Unfortunately for NSCRO, Stutzman’s lineout throw went past the NSCRO lifters, and landed in the hands of Gianna Solomon for Penn State, making it NSCRO 7, Penn State 5. Tess Feury exploded past the NSCRo defense to give Penn State its first lead of the match. Gabby Cantorna’s conversion made it 12–7. And the floodgates were officially open when Darina Roe scored under the posts to end the half.

Down but not out, NSCRO looked to battle back into a match it once led. But Tess Feury’s second try just over a minute into the half dug the whole even deeper. Irene Koraplis’s ninth try of the tournament cemented the result. Kelly DeGrood got a final try for NSCRO but it was Penn State the victor. With the 33–12 result, Penn State returned to the CRC final for the first time since 2015.
Scorers
PSU: #6T, #2T, #11T, #1CC/#2T, #12T, #1CC
NSCRO: #3T, #4C,/ #12T


A rematch of the last two CRC finals, Lindenwood came out looking to get the win it had been denied in each of the last two years.

Carin De Freitas got Lindenwood inside the Life five-meter, eventually becoming a try for Vetternoica Tafito. Annakaren Pedraza’s conversion attempt was surprisingly off the mark. That miss allowed Life to take the lead with Spiff Sedrick’s try and Madison Ohmann’s conversion. But the lead was not permanent as Kodi Barlow got in for the lead, making it 10–7 at the end of the first half.

Lindenwood increased its lead to start the second half with a try by Carin De Freitas. Pedraza added the conversion to make it 17–7 for Lindenwood. A stiff arm and spin by Kaitlyn Broughton kept Life in the game. Madison Ohmann added the conversion to make it a three-point match with almost four minutes left.

With twenty-five seconds left, Life stopped Lindenwood just shy of the Life line and won a penalty. Another penalty at midfield with the clock set to expire gave Life its last chance for glory. Life moved inside the Lindenwood twenty-two with a cary by Maria Marin. And the final word of the match was Broughton diving over the line and the official consulting with both touch judges to rule that the ball was lost forward. On full time: Lindenwood 17, Life 14.

Lindenwood not only got the monkey off its back when it came to Life at the CRC, but booked a date with Penn State in the final.

Scorers
Life: #11T, #2C/#1T, #2C.
Lindenwood: #10T, #1T/#4T, #2C


 

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