Tim Klatt, associate director of recreation, (319) 273-7120
Melissa Barber, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa men's and women's rugby teams advanced after hosting and playing in the Midwest regional tournament recently.
The No. 1-ranked UNI women's team won 36 to 22 against No. 4 Lacrosse, then lost to No. 3 University of Dayton by 27 to 32. The No. 1-ranked UNI men's team won 20 to 0 against No. 3 Iowa State University, and then defeated No. 4 University of Wisconsin-Stout15 to 11 to become the Midwest Champion.
Both UNI teams will continue to the Elite 8 tournament in April. From there, qualifiers advance to the national tournament in May. The UNI women's rugby team won the national championship in 2001 and 2002. The UNI men's team placed second nationally last year.