CRC Final Day Latest
CRC Final Day Latest
Cal won their 5th-straight CRC Sunday, defeating Life University 19-0 in the final.
The final day of the CRC was a test, and maybe a final exam, of how difficult a top-level 7s tournament can be. Fit and aggressive, Lindenwood expected to make the final, but in the end some execution and discipline breakdowns cost them and it was Life that won that semi.
In the final, it was Life that struggled to put the pieces together - a little ruck penalty here, and a missed tackle there put them under pressure, and after a yellow card against Life, Connor Sweet powered over.
That made it 7-0, and it stayed that way until the second half, when two breakaway tries from San Cusano put the game away. Cal defended better, nd were far superior in the rucks. The Bears were quick to release the tackled player and get over the ball to poach, and forced penalties in the ruck as a result. On defense, they didn't give up on plays, and Russell Webb and Anthony Salaber made some crucial cover tackles.
Here's a rundown of the rest of the day:
CRC Men's Final
Cal 19 Life 0 - Cal stronger and faster at the breakdown, and two tries for Sam Cusano.
Plate Final: Wisconsin 12 Dartmouth 10. Wisconsin missed a conversion in front of the posts, and then had to hop Dartmouth would miss a tough one at the end of the game to avoid OT. Some excellent work from the Crass brothers got Wisconsin moving. AIC suffered its first loss of the tournament in the Plate Semis, showing that speed and talent and togetherness don't matter if you miss your tackles.
Bowl Final: Clemson 19 South Carolina 24 in an exciting Bowl final.
CRC Women's Final
Life 17 Lindenwood 12. A yellow card to Lindenwood opened the door. More here.
Penn State beat Dartmouth for 3rd.
Wisconsin Stevens-Point defeated Babson 22-20 to take 3rd
The final put Christendom against St. Mary's College of Maryland.
New Mexico Highlands, which had won this tournament before, went 2-1 in pool play but tiebreakers put NMHU into the consolation bracket. There NMHU defeated Duke 31-0 to take 5th