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The Penn State Rugby Dynasty Continues

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We appreciate the continued commitment of the women’s rugby program to making us look smart. The Lions, who we featured on the cover of our May/June issue last year, traveled to California over the weekend and came back with their fifth straight national championship. Penn State knocked off BYU, 15-5, to extend one of the most impressive dynasties in college sports.

Led by coach Kate Daley ’09—who we profile during her All-American undergrad days way back in 2009—and an MVP performance from freshman Azniv Nalbandian, the Lions claimed the inaugural D1 Elite final, the title game of the new women’s college rugby playoff format. But there was nothing new about this for Penn State: It was not only the program’s fifth consecutive championship, but its 11th overall, the most of any team in the nation.

Ryan Jones, deputy editor

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May 9, 2016 at 9:56 am Leave a comment

There’s a Reason We Called Them a “Dynasty”

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When Catie Benson stopped by the Hintz Family Alumni Center a couple of weeks ago to pick up a box of our May/June issue, I asked her about preparations for her final collegiate rugby game. The fifth-year senior played up the quality of the opposition, a Central Washington University team in its first year of varsity status but loaded with experienced transfer players. On paper, it looked pretty evenly matched, like the Lions would have their hands full.

So much for that.

On Saturday, the Penn State women’s rugby team won its fourth straight national championship in typically dominant fashion, dispatching CWU 61-7. Katie Mueller (that’s her at rear left on our cover) was named MVP of the title game, while Hope Rogers (front and center, cradling the ball) scored a pair of tries in the romp. It’s the 10th overall championship for the Lady Ruggers, a run of dominance we had in mind when we used the word “dynasty” on that cover.

MJ_Cover_Final.inddKate Daley ’09, the former All-American who took over as the Lions’ interim coach last fall, flinched when she heard that word. Perhaps, like Catie and the rest of the team, she really thought Penn State might struggle against CWU. Or maybe she didn’t want to be seen taking an opponent lightly. Our guess? She just didn’t want to ruin the suspense.

Regardless: Congrats to Kate, Catie, Hope, and the rest of this terrific team, and thanks for making us smart.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

May 11, 2015 at 1:16 pm 1 comment

Penn State Women’s Rugby: 2009 National Champs

The two best programs in collegiate women’s rugby met as expected Saturday night in Palo Alto, Calif. Given their shared history — it was the fifth straight national title matchup between Penn State and Stanford — you figured this would be close.

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Courtesy USA Rugby

It wasn’t.

Congrats to the Lady Ruggers, who throttled the host Cardinal 46-7 for the program’s fifth national championship. Lauren Rosso, Sadie Anderson, and Kate Daley scored two tries apiece for Penn State.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

May 3, 2009 at 1:11 am 2 comments

A Powerhouse on West Campus

On Saturday, I went to see the women’s rugby team in action. I don’t know much about the sport, but I do know that the Lady Ruggers are one of the best club programs in the nation; plus, I felt I owed it to myself to catch a game after profiling All-American Kate Daley in the magazine’s Jan/Feb ’09 issue. So it was fitting that on Saturday, Daley seemed to score every time she touched the ball. Even with a “split” squad that saw the Lady Ruggers divvy up their best players into two teams, Penn State trounced Princeton and Pitt by a combined 172-5.

In the second half against Princeton — by which time the score was something like 62-5 — I snapped a photo of a Penn State player getting up after scoring a try. Lying on her back, she was using her momentum to swing herself back onto her feet — and I guess she didn’t notice the Princeton player lying face-down in front of her. Point being, it only looks like the Penn State player (who might be Lauren Rosso, Meghan Byrnes, or Annie “Meatsticks” Zeigler — ladies, feel free to leave a comment and let me know) is adding insult to injury by bashing her vanquished foe on the noggin.

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Click to enlarge... though the Princeton player would probably rather you didn't.

Either way, it was that sort of day for the Tigers. Maybe if they’d seen this video from two years ago — back when the team played on the IM fields near Beaver Stadium — of the Lady Ruggers picking up and moving a truck some unfortunate tailgater had left the day before, they’d have known better than to show up at all.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

March 23, 2009 at 1:58 pm 6 comments


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