Will Mueller leads Big Green
CHESTER, Pa. -- Dartmouth beat Arizona 24-5 on Sunday to repeat as national champion at the third annual USA Sevens Collegiate Rugby Championship.
Dartmouth's Will Mueller led the Big Green with two tries, and Kevin Clark and Will Lehmann had one each. Arizona's Brett Thompson scored the Wildcats' lone try on the final play of the first half.
"You have to give credit to our senior class, they all played in this last year, they work their guts off and these guys all have almost perfect grades, which tells you the type of guys they are," Dartmouth coach Alex Magleby said. "This is a group that gets things done. Arizona is a tough team, it was a team full of superstars. Going into the weekend, we didn't know exactly where we were going to stand. How well we were going to be able to keep possession was key and what our speed would be like matching up to others."
Clark took the first try in from about 20 yards out with 6:06 left in the first half. Mueller then tallied the first of his two tries on a short run with slightly under three minutes remaining in the first half. He added another try with less than 40 seconds left in the half for a commanding lead.
Lehmann's try with 5:59 to go sealed the victory for the Big Green.
Dartmouth was dominant throughout its six games, outscoring its opponents by a combined 170-41. The Big Green entered Sunday's final of the 16-team, two-day round-robin tournament by giving up one try or less in five of their six victories.
"I think with us, it comes down to fundamentals," Mueller said. "This is an unbelievable tradition with the seniors in this team and alumni. It was equally challenging this year to win the national championship. We have a great core group of seniors that were able to learn from the experience we had in this tournament last year. We knew there was a target on us, and it comes down to doing the fundamentals correctly. That was the difference."
In the consolation match, California beat Life University (Marietta, Ga.) 26-7 after surging to a 21-0 lead in the first half.
Seamus Kelly, Connor Ring, Josh Tucker and Ahmed Chehade all scored tries for the Golden Bears. Cornelius Dirksen scored on a long try for Life with 2:02 left to play.
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