This past weekend, the Vassar College women’s rugby team competed in the Beast of the East rugby tournament in Portsmouth, RI.
The tournament is the largest collegiate rugby tournament in the country and is hosted by the Providence Rugby Football Club. 75 teams showed up at the tournament across all different divisions, and the Brewers, whose other sports teams usually compete in Division III, competed at the Division I level.
Vassar cleaned the field with wins against Northeastern, UMass Amherst, the University of Rhode Island, and the University of Connecticut.
After several blowout games, the women won the cup championship in a nail-biter against the University of Connecticut with a score of 15-7.
UConn had just come off an undefeated week in the Cherry Blossom Tournament, but their momentum was not enough to overcome the Brewers.
The Brewers had 22 tries and 137 points with only 17 points scored against them in the entire Beast of the East tournament.
This season, the Brewers are 16-3 overall and look to have immense potential after the win over Uconn, who won the Division I championship last season.
In the 2015 fall season, the Vassar women made it to the semifinals of the Division II championship, falling 45-26 to Winona State. The following fall, the Brewers fell in the final four once more against Davenport University 47-32.
Clearly, the VC squad will continue to make waves. They’ve climbed up from Division II and made it clear that they can beat even the best of Division I teams. #BrewUp!