Year in Review - Collegiate Rugby Championship
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2016 was all about rivalries, as age-old foes UCLA and Cal met in the final, with the Golden Bears taking home the Pete Dawkins Trophy. In the women’s competition, two of the top teams in the game who are developing a young rivalry met in the final, with Life edging Lindenwood to win it all.

That’s where the men’s and women’s competitions were similar. They were different in that both Cal (men) and Penn State (women) were riding three-year winning streaks, and the Golden Bears were able to win a fourth-consecutive title, while the Nittany Lions were knocked off.

Cal went a perfect 6-0 en route to the title, with its toughest matches coming against Arkansas State. The Bears had to stage a comeback to beat A-State in pool play, and they drew the Red Wolves again in the quarterfinals, this time dispatching of them more efficiently. In the semifinals, Cal met another rival, Arizona, winning in a walk, 38-5. The final wasn’t much more competitive, as the Bruins were bested 31-7.

Winning the NSCRO for the second-straight year in 2016 was New Mexico Highlands University, leaning heavily on Kevon Williams, who would go on to represent Team USA on the HBSC Sevens World Series. Delaware won the Challenger Cup, earning a right to play in the main event this year. And the high school divisions were won by West End of Virginia (girls) and Archmere of Delaware (boys).  

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