NORTHFIELD, Vt. - The Norwich University men's rugby team advanced to its third straight Rugby Northeast Championship game with a dominant 60-5 victory over Providence College on Saturday evening in the semifinal round on Sabine Field at Haynes Family Stadium.
Senior Nate Rolling (Taylorsville, Utah) scored a team-high five tries to lead the Cadets' offense in the rout.
Providence (2-4) scored the first try of the match at the 11:40 mark and then Norwich rattled off 60 straight points to run away from the Friars in their fourth straight win over PC.
Norwich senior Paul Latona (Andover, Mass.) scored twice, including the Cadets' first try of the game at the 16:40 mark to give Norwich a 7-5 lead following a successful conversion from Jeffrey Minicucci (Bolton, Conn.).
Junior captain William Rambin (Fairfax, Va.) punched in a try at the 22:30 mark to push the lead to 12-5. Rolling scored his first try of the day at the 28:01 mark, picking up an errant Providence off load to take it 80 yards for the long try. Latona followed up with his second at the 31:39 mark, while Rolling capped the first-half scoring with his second try, punctuating the first half and give the Cadets a 31-5 lead heading into halftime.
Rolling scored the first two tries of the second half in the 47th minute and then another one in the 64th minute to give him four tries on the day and push the lead to 41-5. Michael DelPriore (Ringoes, N.J.) and John Tellifson (Bow, N.H.) each scored in the 70th minute and 73rd minute before Rolling capped the scoring in the 80th minute with his fifth try.
Norwich (5-2, 4-1 Rugby Northeast) will await the winner of UMass Lowell vs. Bentley semifinal that takes place on Sunday, Nov. 3. The winners will meet in the Rugby Northeast championship game on Saturday, Nov. 9 at UMass Lowell.
The winner of Sunday's championship game will earn an automatic bid into the USA Rugby Division II Fall 15s National Tournament. Norwich is looking to make its fourth straight trip to the national tournament.