DURHAM, N.H. - Norwich University continued its 2012 spring season with a strong showing at the University of New Hampshire's Scott Willey Memorial Sevens tournament March 31.
UNH A 19- NU 5 (8:50am)
In Norwich's first match UNH scored an unconverted try on the last play of the 1st half. Three minutes in the second half junior Chris Hein (Baltimore, Md.) try ties the score, NU5- UNH 5. Hein's score came from a grub kick that he chased down which bounced back into his hands then proceeded to dive in the corner of the in-goal for a dynamic try. UNH scored shortly after then again at the last play of the match. Final: UNH 19, NU 5.
NU 17- AIC B 14 (9:50am)
Norwich got their first win of the tournament over the Yellow Jackets of American International College. AIC began the scoring with a converted try. Hein's converted try knotted the score at seven. Before the half ended the Cadets took the lead, 12- 7 from an unconverted try by senior Jaimes Plamondon (Biddeford, Maine). In the second half sophomore Chad Wasson (Clancy, Mon.) added to the score with an unconverted try. AIC finishes off the scoring for the match. NU wins its first match of the day 17-14.
NU 21- Dartmouth C 7 (11:10am)
Dartmouth retains the ball at the opening kick-off and takes the lead 7-0. NU ties the score 7-7 as Hein places the ball down between the posts. A few minutes later, Plamondon scores his second try of the day. NU goes into the half up 14-7. Norwich's solid defense denies Dartmouth. The lone score of the second half comes from Norwich, a converted try by Hein. Hein's fourth try of the morning.
NU is victorious 21-7.
Dartmouth B 19- NU 7 (1:45pm)
In the first minute of the match Norwich takes the lead 7-0 from a converted try by senior Adam Medeiros (Fairhaven, R.I.). This resulted from a long line break by Josh Nowak (Arlington, Mass.) who was stopped by the Big Green's defense just short of the in-goal. He then off loaded to Medeiros in support at the corner of the in-goal. Even though Hein's conversion came from a challenging angle it was good. In Seven's play the conversion must be a drop kick. Dartmouth over takes Norwich 14-7 with two converted tries, one at the 4th minute and the second at the 6th minute mark. In the second stanza Dartmouth adds to their lead 19-7. Norwich finishes the day on the attack close to Dartmouth's in-goal but the final whistle blows.
Final: Dartmouth B 19-7.
"It was an excellent day of rugby," Coach Bob Weggler said. "The boys came away with many positives in our debut of sevens. It highlights a different style that brings out the best in certain players, as Hein, Plamondon , and Medeiros all adapted well."
The Cadets next contest is at St Michael's on Wednesday, April 11.