The Army West Women's Rugby Team took another huge step forward in its program progression over the weekend, as the Black Knights made it to the final of the Collegiate Rugby Championships, before falling to Lindenwood, 34-12. "Great experience all-around, and the great thing is, they're all back next year," said Assistant Coach Steve Lewis. Army opened up the day against top-seed Penn State in the semifinal round. The Nittany Lions struck first in the second minute with a try, but after that it was all Army. Tournament MVP Sam Sullivan scored back-to-back tries in the first half to send the Cadets into halftime with a 10-5 lead.
Plebe Naomi Colin would extend the lead to 17-5 with a try of her own to open the second half. Sullivan made it a hat-trick in the 12th minute, and after Bayleigh Gable's second conversion made it 24-5, the Black Knights could taste victory. Penn State would score in the final seconds to make it a 24-12 final. The final saw the Black Knights take on defending National Champion Lindenwood. The Lions had yet to surrender a point heading into the final and looked poised to give Army all they had. Lindenwood opened up the scoring on the opening possession to set the tempo. Eleanor Burnett broke the Lions scoreless streak in the fourth minute when she crossed the try line to make it 7-5. After some back-and-forth action, Lindenwood would add two more quick tries in the final seconds of the opening half to go into the locker room leading 17-5. Read more.