Virginia Crowned D1 Champions and Howard Triumphs in D2
This weekend, Martha Rivers Park played host to an exhilarating display of women's college rugby as teams from the East Region battled it out for the D1 and D2 championships. With grit, determination, and passion on full display, Virginia emerged as the D1 East Region champion, while Howard claimed victory in the D2 East Region.
Saturday, April 22nd, kicked off the intense competition with the Women's D2 semifinals. In Semifinal A, Florida #1 (Eckerd) faced off against Carolinas #1 (Appalachian State). Appalachian State proved their mettle, securing a decisive 49-15 victory to advance to the finals.
The Women's D2 Semifinal B saw Carolinas #2 (UNC Charlotte) go head-to-head with Capital #1 (Howard). Howard dominated the match, notching a convincing 46-0 win and booking their place in the final showdown against Appalachian State.
On Sunday, April 23rd, the Women's D2 final between Appalachian State and Howard commenced at 11:00 am. Howard claimed the D2 East Region title with an impressive 38-26 victory, capping off a remarkable championship run.
Saturday's action also included the Women's D1 semifinals. In Semifinal A, Florida #2 (Florida) narrowly edged out Carolinas #2 (NC State) with a hard-fought 14-12 win.
Women's D1 Semifinal B saw Virginia automatically advance due to a forfeit.
On Sunday, April 23rd, the Women's D1 final between Florida and Virginia took place at 1:00 pm. Virginia put on a dominant display, crushing Florida with a staggering 69-7 victory to claim the D1 East Region championship title.
The victorious teams, Virginia and Howard, will now prepare to compete in the CRAA National Championship, taking place on May 6-7, 2023, in Houston, Texas. Hosted by CRAA, the championship promises to be a thrilling showcase of the nation's top women's college rugby talent.
The weekend's incredible matches at Martha Rivers Park not only crowned two deserving champions but also highlighted the continued growth and passion for women's rugby in the region. With unforgettable moments and outstanding displays of teamwork and perseverance, the future of women's college rugby looks brighter than ever.