Cougar Women (BYU), Utah Valley eliminated from college tournaments

The Cougar Women were eliminated from the Division I tournament last weekend. The team made up of BYU students, but not part of BYU club teams organization, defeated Northern Iowa 29-7 on April 12, but lost to Penn State 22-10 on April 13. Both matches were in Allendale, Mich.

The Nittnay Lions were impressed with the Cougar Women Rugby club.

“Today’s game was disappointing for us,” Penn State coach Pete Steinberg told’s Jackie Finlan. “We won, which is good, but we really didn’t play our best. WCR was probably the best competition we’ve had in the last two years. They really caught us in the breakdown. We were able to play some moments of really good rugby that created our tries, but WCR had the upper hand for good parts of the game.

“It keeps us humble. This game was in doubt. A different bounce of the ball, and who knows. I was really proud of the team in the second half. Under difficult conditions and the level of penalties we were conceding, we kept our shape and were able to play, so that’s something good.”

In the Division II tournament Utah Valley’s women’s club was also knocked out, losing 41-5 to Washington State in Stanford, Calif. The Wolverines recovered to beat UC Santa Cruz 55-12 in a consolation game.

The Varsity Cup, headlined by the BYU men’s team starts first round play on Saturday The men’s D1-A, D1-AA and DII tournaments start next weekend.

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