Grove City Women’s Rugby advances to Nationals

The Grove City College Women’s Rugby team will travel to St. Bonaventure University on Nov. 14 to compete in the Women’s USA Rugby College Nationals.

The 20-member club sports team, led by senior captain Arianna Johnson ’16 and head coach Evan Gruver ’14, finished the season 5-0 in their conference and 5-1 overall, losing only to Slippery Rock. The team’s biggest win of the season came when they beat chief rival Clarion University on Oct. 24.

Grove City’s team went on to win their final match against Allegheny College on Oct. 31, which led them to win their conference championship and secure a spot in the national tournament.

“I am just extremely proud of the heart the girls showed these past two weeks of the season,” Gruver said. “Beating Clarion at home was a huge undertaking against an unbelievably strong team. They definitely earned a shot at a national title.”

The Grove City Women’s Rugby Club was established in 2002. The team became an official club sport in 2004. Today, they are a member of the Allegheny Rugby Union and they regularly play D-II and D-III schools. Follow the team on Twitter: @gccwomensrugby.

Grove City College offers students an abundance of athletic opportunities, from 21 NCAA Division III sports to club teams and intramurals. For more on Grove City athletics, visit

Grove City Women’s Rugby advances to Nationals

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