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Champions Crowned in Men's College 7s

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Champions Crowned in Men's College 7s

Arizona State made the semis, but had to settle for 3rd. Steven Zomberg photo.

With rain and storms threatening Sunday, the USA Rugby College 7s Championships knockout games were moved up to early in the morning, and so we have already crowned national champions in both Men's DI and Men's DII.

Division I

After years of being touted as the best natural 7s team in the country, Saint Mary's finally made good on the expectations. The Gaels, coached by recent grads Joe Reavey and Kingsley McGowan, came back late in the semis to beat Arizona State 19-12, and then edged AIC 7-5 in the final.

AIC had beaten Davenport 17-5 in the semis. Deshae Edwards put in a clutch scoring performance, scoring three of his team's four tries on Sunday. He scored the opener in the final, after Jacob Ponder ripped the ball free and Christian Adams recovered and sent it wide. Edwards worked a nice give-and-go with Gavan D'Amore-Morrison to score in the corner.

Saint Mary's recovered after some sloppy play and Holden Yungert found a gap, fended off one tackler, and went in under the posts. Under the posts was key, as the conversion was good and the Gaels won 7-5.

Cup Final: Saint Mary's 7 AIC 5

3rd/4th: Arizona State 24 Davenport 5

5th/6th (Plate): Lindenwood 36 West Virginia 0

7th/8th: Central Washington v Notre Dame College

9th/10th (Bowl): Bowling Green 21 St. Bonaventure 12

11th/12th: New England College 10 South Carolina 5 (OT)

13th/14th: Texas A&M 24 James Madison 0

15th/16th: Cal Poly 17 Arkansas 12 (OT)

17th/18th (Shield): Alabama 20 San Diego State 15

19th/20th: Fordham/Iowa

21st/22nd: Oklahoma/Wyoming

23rd/24th: North Texas/Kennesaw State

 

Division II

Minnesota-Duluth made the final with a 17-7 semifinal win over Wisconsin-Whitewater. Zachary Schwartz scored all three tries for the Fighting Penquins in the semi. Meanwhile, St. Louis University beat Lindenwood-Belleville 26-21 in the other semi. Ryan Guercio scored two tries and Conor Brady and Jake Livingtson one each to stake SLU to a 26-7 lead. L-B came back with two late tries, but they didn't have enough time.

In the final, then, UMD scored in the opening minute - Trace Bolstad doing the honors. Guercio tied it up for SLU. But the big, physical UMD team pulled away with tries from Luc Desroches and Logan Hanson to give the Fighting Penguins a national 7s title to go along with their national 15s title.

Cup Final: Minnesota-Duluth 17 St. Louis University 5

3rd/4th: Wisconsin-Whitewater 29 Lindenwood-Belleville 12

5th/6th (Plate): Principia/UT San Antonio

7th/8th: Salve Regina/Salisbury

9th/10th (Bowl): Rowan 26 Coast Guard 5

11th/12th: UNC-Wilmington/Wisconsin-Eau-Claire

13th/14th: Citadel 22 Tulane 7

15th/16th: UMass Lowell/Niagara