Men's and Women's Rugby Teams Crowned State Champions
Hamilton's men's and women's rugby teams both won state championship titles in Division III play.
The teams travelled to St. Lawrence for the New York State Championships on Oct. 28-29 where the men finished the regular season with a record of 3-1 (having lost to Niagara University). The women's team finished 6-0, having outscored their opponents 223-7.
In the semi-finals, the women hosted Canisius College and won 41-5; the men's team travelled to Paul Smith's College and won 22-12. These wins gave each team a shot at the state title.
From the NYS Rugby Web site: "Both the men's and women's Division III title matches were two of the most exciting of the day. In the women's final, Hamilton earned a 1-0 (kicks) win over St. Bonaventure after playing almost 110 minutes of rugby. In the men's match, Hamilton came back to top Niagara, 15-12, in a game that featured the fastest pace of play on the afternoon."
This is the first time since 1998 that both the men's and the women's teams have been crowned state champions.