Men's Rugby: Cadets place fifth at All-Academy 7s Championship

All-Academy 7s team picture

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Norwich University men's rugby team placed fifth in its inaugural trip to the All-Academy 7s Championship on Saturday afternoon at the United States Naval Academy.

Norwich (19-7-3) won the consolation championship with a 26-19 win over the Navy III team. The Cadets also defeated Virginia Military Institute (VMI) 29-7 in their first game in the consolation bracket.

The Cadets lost their first three games on the day, including both pool play games. NU dropped a 10-5 decision to Navy II to open the day, who ended up going on and finishing in second place in the tournament. The Cadets followed up with a 24-12 defeat to Air Force to close out pool play. Norwich played No. 2-seed Army West Point in the knockout stage, dropping a 22-7 decision to the Black Knights. 

Nathan Rolling (Taylorsville, Utah) led the Cadets' offense with five tries and Josh Johnson (Argyle, Texas) added two more. 

Norwich will travel to Tuscon, Ariz. and the University of Arizona for the 2019 USA Rugby Division II College 7s National Championship on May 24 and 25. The Cadets are making their third straight trip to the finals and have finished seventh and ninth the last two seasons. 

Navy II 10- Norwich 5
Navy Try Navy 5-0
Halftime
Navy 5-0
Navy Try Navy 10-0
Nate Rolling Try Navy 10- Norwich 5

Final
Navy II 10- Norwich 5

Air Force 22- Norwich 12
Air Force Try Air Force 5-0
Rolling try Converted by Nagle NU 7-5
Air Force Converted Try Air Force 12- NU 7
Halftime
Air Force 12- NU 7
Air Force Try Air Force 17- NU 7
Josh Knoll Try Air Force 17- NU 12
Air Force Converted Try Air Force 24- NU 12

Final
Air Force 24- Norwich 12

Quarterfinals
Army 22- Norwich 7
Army Try Army 5-0
Army Try Army 10-0
Army Converted Try Army 17-0
Halftime
Army 17- 0
Rolling Try Jeff Minicucci Conversion Army 17- NU 7
Army Try Army 22- NU 7

Final
Army 22- Norwich 7

Consolation Semifinal
Norwich 29 - VMI 7
Josh Johnson Try NU 5-0
Nate Rolling Jeff Minicucci Converts NU 12-0
Halftime
NU 12-0
Johnson Try Johnson Converts NU 19-0
Eoghan Savona Try NU 24-0
Kyle Clark Try NU 29-0
VMI Converted Try NU 29- VMI 7

Final
Norwich 29-VMI 7

Norwich 26- Navy III 19
Rolling Try Johnson Conversion NU 7-0
Mike Del Priore Try NU 12-0
Navy Try NU 12- Navy 5
Halftime
NU 12- Navy 5
Rashawn Fraser Try Johnson Conversion
NU 19- Navy 5
Navy Try NU 19- Navy 12
Johnson Try Johnson Conversion NU 26- Navy 12
Navy Converted Try NU 26- Navy 19

Final
Norwich 26- Navy III 19