The Norwich University men’s rugby team won the fourth annual Chris Munn 7s Tournament on Sunday afternoon on Sabine Field at Haynes Family Stadium.
The Cadets (11-7) beat Middlebury in the final match of the day to complete a perfect 3-0 sweep and clinch Norwich’s first Chris Munn 7s Tournament title in its four-year existence. The annual tournament is named after 1981 rugby alumnus Chris Munn, who was diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) “Lou Gehrig’s Disease” five years ago. The tournament began in 2014 and raises awareness and money for ALS research.
Norwich downed Middlebury 19-17 in the last match that featured both teams coming in at 2-0. Eric Pierone, Eli Henderson and Nate Rollins each scored tries, while Frick went 2-for-3 on conversions to down the Panthers for the second straight week.
Pierone opened the scoring just over a minute into the match and then a conversion from Frick put Norwich up 7-0. Middlebury countered with a try at the 3:30 mark to cut the lead to 7-5.
Middlebury scored again just 15 seconds into the second half to take a 10-7 lead. However, Henderson scored with 4:50 left in the second half on a long run with a great off load from Frick along the left side line. Frick also nailed a long conversion from the side line to give the Cadets a 14-10 lead.
Rollins scored the game-sealing try just under a minute left to make it 19-10. Middlebury scored on the final play of the match with a converted try to cut the deficit to 19-17.
Norwich also beat Dartmouth 29-12 and Vermont 19-14 for its other two victories. Rollins scored three tries in the Dartmouth match to lead the Cadets’ offense. Mark Hill and Austin Manhey each added tries too in the Dartmouth victory.
Norwich has now won seven matches in a row and will travel to the USA Rugby Division II Collegiate 7s National Championships in three weeks on May 20 and 21 in Glendale, Colo. It will mark the Cadets’ first appearance in the national 7s tournament in men’s program history.
Courtesy: Norwich Athletics
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