Women’s Rugby: Norwich falls in NIRA Playoffs 55-7 to Quinnipiac

Amber Kelly women's rugby action vs. UNE

HAMDEN, Conn. – The Norwich University women's rugby team fell 55-7 to Quinnipiac University in the National Intercollegiate Rugby Association (NIRA) Playoffs First Round on Saturday morning. 

Freshman Amber Kelly (Colorado Springs, Colo.) scored Norwich's (6-3) lone try of the day, powering in for a hard-fought try on the final play of the first half. Junior Sheila Decker (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) was successful on the conversion to cut Quinnipiac's lead to 24-7 heading into the halftime break. 

However, that's as close as Norwich would get as Quinnipiac outscored NU 31-0 in the final 40 minutes to advance to the semifinals where the Bobcats will meet Central Washington.