Men's Rugby: Cadets claim 2nd straight Rugby Northeast 7s title, punch ticket to USA Rugby National Tournament

Men's Rugby: Cadets claim 2nd straight Rugby Northeast 7s title, punch ticket to USA Rugby National Tournament

LOWELL, Mass. - BACK TO BACK! The Norwich University men's rugby team won its second straight Rugby Northeast Tournament 7s title and third overall in a row on Saturday afternoon at UMass Lowell.

Norwich (13-4-3) went 3-0 to win its pool and then won two more matches in the knockout stage to win the Rugby Northeast 7s title for the second straight year and punch its ticket to its third straight USA Rugby Division II 7s National Tournament. The tournament will take place Memorial Day weekend at the University of Arizona's Kino Sports Complex in Tucson.

The Cadets beat Bentley 28-0 in the semifinal round and then came from behind to beat Middlebury 33-19 in the final match. Norwich beat New England College 33-21, Providence 31-0 and Middlebury 29-12 in the pool play round. 

Junior Connor Miller (Sydney, Australia) was named the Rugby Northeast 7s Most Valuable Player after scoring five tries and going 18-for-24 on conversions to account for 61 points on the day.

Junior Nathan Rolling (Taylorsville, Utah) scored a team-leading six tries on the day, while sophomore Rashawn Fraser (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) added four tries. Eli Henderson (Covington, Ga.) and Joshua Knoll (Braintree, Mass.) each had two tries as well. 

Norwich is next in action for 7s on Saturday, April 27 when it hosts the annual Chris Munn 7s Tournament. The Cadets will have two 15s development matches prior to that on April 18 vs. Keene State and April 24 vs. Bridgton Academy.  

Pool Play

Norwich 33 New England College 21

Eli Henderson Try Connor Miller coverts NU 7-0
Will Rambin Try Miller Converts NU 14- 0
NEC Converted Try NU 14-7
NEC Converted Try NU 14- NEC 14

Halftime 14-14

Penalty Try Miller Converts NU 21- NEC 14
NEC Converted Try NU21- NEC 21
Nate Rolling Try NU 26- NEC 21
Mac Nagel Try Miller Converts NU 33- NEC 21

Final

NU 33- NEC 21

Norwich 31- Providence 0

Eli Henderson Try NU 5-0
Nate Rolling Try Miller Converts NU 12-0
Rolling Try Miller Converts NU 19-0

Halftime NU 19-0

Josh Knoll Try NU 24-0
Knoll Try Miller Converts NU 31-0

Final

Norwich 31-Providence 0

Norwich 29- Middlebury 12

Austin Manhey Try NU 5-0
NU Try Miller Converts NU 12-0
Conner Miller Try Miller Converts NU 19-0

Halftime  NU 19-0

Middlebury Try NU 19- Middlebury 5
Middlebury Converted Try NU 19- Middlebury 12
Miller Try NU 24- Middlebury 12
Rashawn Fraser Try Miller Converts NU 29- Middlebury 12

Final

Norwich 29- Middlebury 12

RNE 7's Semi-Final
Norwich 28- Bentley 0

Korbin Wayton Try Miller Converts NU 7-0
Mike Del Priore Try Miller Converts NU 14-0

Halftime NU 14-0

Rolling Try Miller Converts NU 21-0
Fraser Try Miller Converts NU 28-0

Final NU 28- Bentley 0

Rugby Northeast 7's 2019 Final

Norwich 33- Middlebury 19

Middlebury Try Middlebury 5-0
Middlebury Converted Try Middlebury 12-0
Miller Try Miller Convert Middlebury 12- NU 7
Rolling Try Miller Converts NU 14-Middlebury 12

Halftime

NU 14- Middlebury 12

Rolling Try Miller Converts NU 21- Middlebury 12
Middlebury Try NU 21- Middlebury 19
Fraser Try NU 26-Middlebury 19
Fraser Try Miller Converts NU 33- Middlebury 19

Final

Norwich 33- Middlebury 19

RNE 7's Tournament MVP/ Player of the Match- Connor Miller