PALO ALTO, CALIF. – Norwich University makes its third USA Rugby Collegiate National Championships semifinal round appearance since 2007 Friday, May 11.
Coach Austin Hall's Cadets, ranked No. 1 on the current RugbyMag.com Division II poll, face Washington State in one of two national semifinals. Opening scrum is 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the campus of Stanford University. Fans, friends and alumni can follow the match via a live video stream at http://www.ustream.tv/usarugby.
CADET CLIPS – It's the second meeting between the two Division II powers in the national semifinals. Wazzu defeated NU 15-5 in 2009 en route to the national championship. … The Cadets have been on a roll for a good share of the 2011-12 campaign, dropping only two matches to the Montreal Irish in early September and Division I power Penn State in March. In their 23 victories, NU has surrendered double digits only three times and scored 30-or-more points 18 times. … Many individuals have contributed to the success of the Maroon and Gold in 2011-12. Sophomore center/wing Rose Bernheim (Andrews AFB, Md.) was tabbed the Most Valuable Player at the USA Collegiate Sevens tournament where she and her teammates won the title in December, while senior flanker Hannah Bushey (Essex Junction, Vt.) and senior center Katie Hathaway (Amesbury, Mass.) have been among the squad leaders this season with Bushey gaining All-American honors in 2010-11 and the underclasswomen duo of sophomore center/wing Joya Clark (Scotia, N.Y.) and freshman center/wing Vanessa Champagne (St. Nazarie, Quebec) also earned all-tournament honors at the Collegiate Sevens. … Champagne has a neat distinction, as she is going into her third national tournament appearance of the year this weekend. She was on the sevens team at the collegiate nationals and played on the Cadets' women's hockey team during its Final Four berth this past March.
OTHER SEMIFINAL – Two-time national champion Shippensburg College of Pennsylvania takes on Winona State of Minnesota in Friday's second semifinal. The two winners meet for the national championship Saturday, May 12 at 4 p.m. EST with the consolation final slated for 1 p.m. EST.