GLENDALE, Colo. - After rolling through the pool play round on Friday, the Norwich University men's rugby team couldn't replicate the success on Day 2 of the USA Rugby Collegiate 7s National Championships at Infinity Park.
Norwich lost a pair of tough matchups, 14-12 to Bloomsburg University and Principia to tie for seventh place at the tournament.
NU earned the No. 3 seed for the quarterfinal round of the tournament and drew No. 6 Bloomsburg. Sophomore Nate Rolling opened the scoring to put Norwich up 5-0 with a try at the 4:00 minute mark.
Bloomsburg answered at the 6:05 mark with a converted try to take a 7-5 lead into halftime. Anthony Candrilli gave Norwich the lead again at the 8:40 mark of the second half and then Keegan Frick had a successful conversion to make it 12-7 Norwich.
Bloomsburg scored again at the 10:20 mark and then added the conversion to take a 14-12 lead that they would never relinquish.
The loss ended Norwich's run for its first national championship in program history. The Cadets played again in the plate semifinals, but also fell to the same fate in a 14-12 loss to Principia.
Will Rambin gave Norwich the early lead at the 3:30 mark with a try to take a 5-0 lead. The Cadets held the lead into halftime. However, Principia scored two straight tries to open the second half to take a 14-5 lead. Alejandro Galea got one back for Norwich and Frick hit his conversion to cut the deficit to 14-12 at the 12:12 mark of the match. However, that's as close as Norwich would get.
Norwich finished with a 17-6 record in the spring 7s season. This weekend wrappped up an incredible two-year run where Norwich appeared in the USA Rugby National Championships in both 15s and 7s in both seasons. Norwich finished third in back-to-back years at the 15s championships in the fall. In 2017, Norwich placed ninth in the 7s tournament, followed up with a seventh place finish this season.
Norwich went 24-2 in 15s matches the last two years and a 31-15 record in 7s matches.