USD women's rugby team in USA's top 20 As the men's and women's Division I Final Four is set to begin May 6-7 in Tampa, FL, the USA Rugby competitions committee has released its top 20 rankings for both divisions. The University of South Dakota women's club team is ranked number 17 in the women's poll. Stanford, the 1999 champion, is the number one ranked club, followed by Navy, Princeton, Marquette and Air Force. Number one ranked Stanford, IL, Princeton and Penn State advanced to the Final Four in the women's division.
The USD Women's Rugby team finished third in the Western Collegiate Women's Rugby Championships, held April 1 in Lawrence, KS. In the opening round, USD defeated Kansas, 31-0 but lost captain Kristel Morgan to injury. USD lost to Air Force, 23-10 in the semifinal round and trailed just 13-10 at halftime. Air Force won its 10th consecutive Western Championship with a win over Colorado.
Penn State defeated Air Force, 19-5 last weekend for the right to advance to the Final Four. USD defeated the University of Northern Colorado, 72-0 to capture third place at the Western Championships. The Coyotes were the highest scoring team in the tournament with 113 points in three matches.
USD improved their record to 19-2 on the year and 30-6 since the team was formed in February 1999. They finished fifth in the 1999 tournament at Las Cruces, NM.
"Air Force beat us out of a spot in the Sweet 16 but they are a team that has finished in the Final Four seven of the last 10 years and are a four-time national championship team. I am proud of our team � it took a lot to play at this level," said USD women's rugby coach Pat Burns.
Women's Rugby Rankings
1. Stanford 11. Eastern Illinois
2. Navy 12. Cornell
3. Princeton 13. Penn State
4. Marquette 14. Clemson
5. Air Force 15. Chico State
6. Massachusetts 16. Smith College
7. Illinois 17. South Dakota
8. Virginia 18. James Madison
9. Arizona State 19. Arizona
10. Colorado 20. Amherst