College 7s Update - Qualifiers
College 7s Update - Qualifiers
The qualifiers for the various end-of-season 7s tournaments are starting to fall into play.
We know the teams going to the CRC (see here), bar one more to be selected. The USA Rugby list is less set as most observers aren't even sure what the qualifiers are.
However, this past weekend, some teams punched their ticket to Glendale:
Ohio State looked very good in defeating Wisconsin to win the Big 10. Michigan beat Michigan State for 3rd. Wisconsin is already going to the CRC. Ohio State will go to the USA Rugby championship.
Stony Brook defeated Fordham in overtime in the final of the Empire Series. Fordham still won the series.
To start the match, Stony Brook exposed a gap to break a 50-meter try to make it 7-0. Fordham responded immediately and tied it at 7-7. Stony Brook's Bryan Michel sped in for a try and the conversion put the Seawolves up 14-7. Despite the long tournament and it being the final game, neither team succumbed to fatigue and kept the pace high.
In response to the high pace rugby in the first half, defense reigned to begin the second. Fordham survived a Stony Brook offensive onslaught with a determined goal-line stand. As a reward for the brick wall defense, Fordham flipped the field with a full length try to tie the game at 14-14. But once again Stony Brook found themselves knocking on the door only five meters from th Fordham goal line. But Fordham showed their composure by forcing a crucial turnover and launching a 70-meter break for a try and a 21-14 lead.
But in the final moments Stony Brook pulled out a sensational clutch try to force the game into overtime 21-21.
Fordham jumped out of the gates in OT and were in the Stony Brook 22. But the Seawolves held, got the ball back, and strung together phase after phase as they methodically marched down the pitch. As both teams exhausted the last of their energy reserves, Stony Brook broke through the Fordham defense to win in dramatic fashion 26-21.
Fordham didn't need to win this final to win the Empire series, as they had already finished the highest among Empire teams in the previous two tournaments. Coming 2nd this weekend ensured they won the series.
In the Chesapeake Conference, the teams were seeded based on their performances in four previous tournaments. James Madison was one of the few teams to play in all four, finishing 3rd, 2nd, 4th, and 2nd in the other events. But this time around, JMU took the title, edging Mary Washington 17-12 in the semis, and beating Virginia Tech 14-5 in the final. Salisbury took 3rd 20-0 over UMW.
UPDATE: Boston College beat University of Notre Dame in the Jesuit 7s and that is a USA Rugby Qualifier. However, BC is a CRC team.
We still have some qualifiers to come, but here is the list of qualified USA Rugby DI teams so far:
Cal (going to CRC)
Arizona (going to CRC)
AIC (going to CRC)
St. Joseph's (going to CRC)
South Carolina (going to CRC)
(A note from Stanford's win last week at the Pac West. The tournament was without Chico State and UC Davis, but was a solid effort from Stanford nonetheless, as the Cardinal beat San Jose State, UC Santa Cruz, and Nevada, before a tough rematch with Nevada in the final which Stanford won 26-22.
Nevada did well playing a physical game that was designed to exploit their athleticism. "From our perspective, it was great to see the boys play in our shapes on attack and defense," said Stanford Head Coach Josh Sutcliffe. "We've been building our style since last spring, so it is great to see the players developing trust in each other to get the job done."
Guy Kasznik was an attacking threat for Stanford and props Ian McColl and Sean Means led the way in creating opportunities for turnovers and staying connected on defense.)
Bowling Green defeated Louisville 26-14 in the MAC final, scoring two tries in the second have to break a 14-14 deadlock.
And Kansas State defeated Missouri 10-7 to win the Heart of America conference. Missouri led 7-5 at halftime, and the teams battled to a standstill in the second half. Then the referee announced the final play on a scrum to Missouri. Missouri was penalized, and Kansas State got one more shot. They worked the ball for several minutes and then worked it out to Greg Fry for the game-winner.
KSU defeated Washington U (STL) 48-0, Nebraska 34-0, and Iowa State 40-5 in pool play. In the semis they shutout out Kansas 40-0.
So eleven teams are set for the 16-team field in Glendale, with the Red River and Armory 7s winners to be decided.
As we showed here, maybe as many as 24 other teams might feel their have a case for at-larger inclusion.
|10/8/2016||West Coast 7s (SLO)||Cal||Going to CRC|
|10/22-23/'16||West Coast 7s (San Francisco)||Arizona||USAR|
|11/12-13/'16||PAC Conference 7s (Tucson)||Cal||Going to CRC|
|2/12/2017||Furman Invitational 7s||Clemson|
|2/18/2017||New Orleans Collegiate Sevens||LSU|
|2/18/2017||Scrum for the Cure||South Carolina|
|2/18/2017||Chesapeake Conference Series||Bowling Green||Part of a Series|
|2/25/2017||Moosemen 7s||Ohio State|
|2/25/2017||Bix XII 7s||Arkansas||USAR|
|2/25/2017||Chesapeake Conference Series||Maryland||Part of a Series|
|3/2/2017||Las Vegas Invitational||Lindenwood||CRC|
|3/4/2017||Elon 7s (NC)||Duke||NSCRO|
|3/11/2017||Wheeling Jesuit 7s||Canceled|
|3/11/2017||Spring Hill College Sevens|
|3/19/2017||2016 Ariel Re Bermuda Sevens||Kutztown|
|3/25/2017||Heart of America Classic||AIC||CRC/USAR||AIC Going to CRC|
|3/25/2017||SoConn 7s||UNC-W||Part of a Series|
|3/25/2017||SEC 7s||Canceled||Part of a Series|
|3/25/2017||Chesapeake Conference Series||Kutztown|
|3/25/2017||St. Mary's 7s (Md.)||Christendom||NSCRO|
|3/25/2017||Keystone 7s (Temple)||St. Joseph's||Part of a Series|
|4/1/2017||Empire Sevens I (Stony Brook)||Kutztown/Fordham||Part of a Series|
|4/1/2017||Hogan Memorial 7s||Ohio State|
|4/1/2017||SEC 7s||South Carolina||USAR||Final|
|4/1/2017||Chesapeake Conference Series||Virginia Tech||Part of a Series|
|4/1/2017||Keystone 7s (West Chester)||St. Joseph's||Part of a Series|
|4/1/2017||CCRC April Fool's||Old Dominion|
|4/2/2017||Tri-State 7s||USAR DII|
|4/8/2017||Keystone 7s (Millersville)||St. Joseph's||Part of a Series SJU to CRC|
|4/8/2017||Colonial Coast 7s||USAR DII|
|4/8/2017||Gateway Conf. 7s||USAR DII|
|4/8/2017||Chancellor's Cup 7s (TexasA&M)||Texas A&M|
|4/8/2017||Lonestar Conf. 7s (UT Dallas)||NSCRO|
|4/8/2017||St. Bonaventure Sevens||Kutztown|
|4/8/2017||SEC 7s Finals||South Carolina||CRC|
|4/8/2017||East Penn 7s (Lancaster, Pa.)||St. Mary's Md.||NSCRO|
|4/8/2017||Tulane 7s (La.)||NMHU||NSCRO|
|4/8/2017||Foodbank (Platsburgh, NY)||Colby||NSCRO|
|4/8/2017||Rocky Mountain 7s||Wyoming||USAR|
|4/9/2017||Scott Miley 7s||AIC||USAR|
|4/9/2017||Empire Sevens II (Colgate)||Fordham|
|4/15/2017||Pacific Western 7s||Stanford||USAR|
|4/22/2017||Big Ten 7s||Ohio State||USAR|
|4/22/2017||Empire Sevens III (Binghamton)||Stony Brook||USAR*||Fordham won Series and is USA Qualifier|
|4/22-23||Jesuit 7s (Santa Clara, Calif.)||Santa Clara||USAR|
|4/22/2017||MAC 7s||Bowling Green||USAR|
|4/22/2017||Chesapeake Conference Series||James Madison||USAR|
|4/22/2017||Winona 7s (Minn.)||UW-Stevens Point||NSCRO|
|4/22/2017||Grove City 7s (Pittsburgh, Pa.)||NSCRO|
|4/22/2017||Fools Fest 7s||Principia||USAR DII|
|4/22/2017||MARC 7s||USAR DII|
|4/22/2017||Heart of America 7s||Kansas State||USAR|
|4/23/2017||NECRC 7s||Norwich||USAR DII|
|4/29/2017||Red River Conf. 7s||USAR|
|4/29/2017||U. Buffalo 7s|
|4/29/2017||NEWCRC 7s||USAR DII|
|4/30/2017||Chris Munn 7's|
|4/30/2017||AIC / Armory 7s||USAR|
|5/6/2017||Upper Midwest 7s (Cottage Gr. WI)||USAR DII|
|5/19/2017||USA Rugby Collegiate Championship|
|5/20/2017||West Point 7s|
|6/2/2017||Collegiate Rugby Championship Invitational|
-- Additional reporting and writing by Conor O'Brien