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Women’s Rugby Team Wins Bronze in NSCRO Competition



Lee University’s Women’s rugby team placed third in the National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) competition that took place at the Rugby Athletic Center in Charlotte, North Carolina on Dec. 5-6. The team brought a bronze medal home.

“Our ladies dominated structure and skill, but lacked the speed necessary to cover the outside edges,” said Chris Martin, coach of the Women’s club rugby team. “They had beautiful passages of play, but the speed and aggression of some of the other teams gave them enough of an edge to overtake us. We dominated our second day of competition to take the bronze, however, with every eligible player getting playing time in the final match.”

This year marked the first year the team played in the NSCRO division, which is reserved for colleges with less than 3,500 female students. Normally, the team competes with large Division I colleges throughout the semester to prepare for the national competition.

The team has won five straight conference championships and made appearances at the regional level, advancing four times to the national round. In recent seasons, the club has dominated regional games, gaining wins over schools such as Emory University, University of Alabama, University of Georgia, and Middle Tennessee State University. The team has also been ranked among the top 10 nationally by Rugbymag.com.

“The ladies are always eager to win, but competition isn’t everything,” said Martin. “They are loving and accept every new girl with open arms, supporting them long after they leave the team.”

NSCRO’s goals include fostering the growth and development of men and women’s small college rugby in the United States, providing top-level competition and promoting high-level sportsmanship on and off the field, and being a resource for small college rugby players, coaches, trainers, and staff.

For more information, visit Women’s club rugby team.
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