COLCHESTER, Vt. – The Norwich University men’s rugby team continued its impressive spring 7s campaign with a dominant 4-0 effort at the St. Michael’s 7s Tournament to claim their first tournament title of the spring.
Norwich (10-1) steamrolled its four opponents, outscoring them 160-10 en route to the title. The Cadets defeated Univ. of Vermont 24-5 in the title game.
Brantley Ledbetter (Birmingham, Alabama) led the team with six tries on the day, while Rashawn Fraser (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) added five more. Marius Edwards (Unity, N.H.) touched down four tries, while Richard Mitchell (West Hartford, Conn.) and Aidan Maher (Haddam, Conn.) each had three tries.
Norwich opened the day with a 43-0 win over Western New England. Edwards opened the scoring with a try and a conversion all on his own to make it 7-0 Cadets. Ledbetter and Fraser touched down for tries in the first half to make it 19-0. Ledbetter scored again and then Jack Tellifson (Bow, N.H.), Edwards and Anthony Kowalski (Yamhill, Ore.) closed the scoring in the opener.
The Cadets defeated Middlebury 36-5 in their next game, rallying from an early 5-0 deficit with 36 unanswered points. Edwards had two tries, Fraser, Ledbetter, Mitchell and Tellifson also touched down for scores vs. the Panthers.
Norwich blitzed St. Michael’s in its final pool play game, dispatching the hosts 57-0. Fraser scored the opening try with Yandres Cintron (Vegabaja, Puerto Rico) hitting the conversion. Mahar scored three second-half tries while Marcus Inthavixay, Mitchell and Brandon Hussey (Miami, Fla.) all scored.
In the championship match, UVM took a 5-0 lead, but Norwich scored the next 24 points to claim the title. Mitchell scored a try and then Edwards added the conversion to give the Cadets a 7-5 lead at halftime. Fraser made it 12-5 to open the half and then Ledbetter sealed the win with two more unconverted tries to make it 24-5.
The Norwich B team went 2-2 on the day, defeating Hartford 10-7 and St. Michael’s B 31-5. Univ. of Vermont’s A side beat Norwich 22-19 in pool play and then the Cadets’ second side fell 32-10 to Middlebury in the third-place game.
Norwich will host the eighth Chris Munn 7s Tournament next Sunday, April 10, starting at 10 a.m. on Sabine Field at Haynes Family Stadium.