The Womens Cougar Rugby team made up of BYU students fell to a tough Penn State squad 46-15 on Friday in the DI College semifinals in Stanford, Calif.
The Nittany Lions used their dominant forward pack to control the Cougars. PSU’s two props Nwakaego Onyekwere and Lauren Poole barreled over the line for tries in the first twenty minutes to set the tone of the match.
Penn State takes on the hosts Saturday at 3 p.m. PST for the women’s college championship. Stanford defeated Brown in the other semifinal. According to a release from USA Rugby, Brown forfeited Saturday’s third place game to BYU.
As for the men, BYU is in Marietta, Ga., to take on Life University in the DI-A college semifinals at 11:30 a.m. MT. The game will be streamed live at www.liferunningeagles.com.
“Life is a very good team with some very good athletes and our defensive effort will have to be the best we’ve had all year for us to come away with a win,” said BYU captain Ryan Roundy on BYU Rugby’s website.
If BYU wins, it will be the Cougars’ seventh straight appearance in the title game.
This year’s game will be held at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, on May 19.