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Women’s rugby headed to nationals; mens finish third at regionals

Nathan Pearson, Staff Writer

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The Wayne State College men’s rugby season has come to end, but the women’s season continues with nationals.

The women’s team will be heading to Pittsburgh, Penn., for the national tournament this weekend. The Wildcats look to win nationals for the seventh year in a row.

Sixteen teams compete at nationals, and the first round, is divided into pools of four teams. WSC’s pool consists of William and Mary, New York-Rochester, and York (Pennsylvania).

The first round and quarterfinals will be held on Saturday, followed by semifinals and the championship on Sunday.

“I will be extremely disappointed if we don’t make quarterfinals,” Head Coach Darren Barner said. “The girls are conditioned hard, we’ve been concentrating hard on defense and basic fundamentals on offense.”

The Lady ‘Cats will have the number one seed for the national tournament.

At regionals last year, the Wildcats shut out their opponents in their final three games, while averaging 50 points a game on offense.

The men’s team finished third out of 20 teams at the regional tournament held in Winona, Minn., last weekend. The champion of the regional meet advances to nationals.

“We made it to the semifinals and I’m really happy with that,” Barner said. “We’re kind of young. With only three seniors, we’re pretty youthful.”

WSC started off with a win against St. Thomas (Minnesota) 24-12, then lost to Wisconsin-Stevens Point 28-14. WSC followed up with wins against Winona State 21-0 and Wisconsin-Eau Claire 28-0. The Wildcats then lost to St. John’s (Minnesota) 28-7 in the semifinals.

“We played some pretty big teams and played well,” Barner said. “We looked good when we won and had fun.”

Wisconsin-Stevens Point defeated St. John’s to advance to the national tournament held in Philadelphia. Eight teams in total advance to nationals.

“After the loss, the seniors gave a speech on how young the team is, how talented our freshmen are and how the future looks bright,” Barner said.

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