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College Roundup: Big Day For Lindenwood

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College Roundup: Big Day For Lindenwood

Lindenwood men maul it against ASU. Micah Duffield photo.

College and college-related games this week weren't exactly common, but there were a few, and here's how they went down.

Lindenwood Men Roll

It was a big evening for Lindenwood as the #1-ranked Lions slammed Arkansas State 59-15 in St. Charles, Mo. Evan Williams got the start at flyhalf and opened the scoring with a penalty goal four minutes in, and moments later lock Marnus Spangenberg crashed over for the first try of the day, which Williams converted. Arkansas State kicked a penalty goal to make it 10-3, but that was as close as the Red Wolves would get.

Two more penalties from Williams made it 16-3 and then, as the first half came to a close, Lindenwood opened it up. Within a ten-minute span tries from No. 8 Tinashe Muchina, wing Cael Hodgson, and prop Sam Buckley turned a 16-3 ballgame into a 33-3 rout. ASU scored just on the stroke of halftime, but the damage was done.

Still, the Red Wolves held out the Lions for 20 minutes in the second half, showing some significant tenacity on defense. But Hodgson's second at 60 minutes, with the Williams conversion, put Lindenwood at 40 points, and then two tries from wing Morgan Purcell and a penalty try (scrum penalties at the tryline) finished things off.   ASU did score one more at 69 minutes.

Lindenwood is now 3-0 in the Mid-South, and hosts Central Washington next weekend.

Florida U23s

Naples went into this weekend's game 2-0 but were thoroughly beaten by Orlando 55-15 in what was a bit of a surprise result. Orlando, stinging from last week's loss to Okapi where they scored more tries but went 0-for-7 in conversions and thus lost, came back with a vengeance to improve to 2-2. Naples fall to 2-1, while Palm Beach, idle this weekend, remains on top.

Florida U23s W L T PF PA PD BT BL Pts
Palm Beach 4 0 0 156 79 77 3 0 19
Orlando 2 2 0 170 96 74 4 1 13
Tallahassee 2 2 0 115 119 -4 3 1 12
Naples 2 1 0 103 90 13 2 0 10
Okapi Wanderers 1 2 0 69 88 -19 1 0 5
Gainesville 0 4 0 57 198 -141 0 0 0

Davenport Slams Iowa CCC

In a clash between a team in D1A that struggles to find wins, and the defending D1A fall title-holder, it was the D1A team that came out on top. Davenport slammed Iowa Central 66-12.

"If anything we learned we need to work harder on the little things and be more focused in our training," said Iowa Central Head Coach Brent Nelson. Davenport was perfect from the kicking tee and punished Triton mistakes.

Next up for Iowa Central is Lindenwood in three weeks.

 7s In West Virginia

Wheeling University visited Alderson Broaddus for two 7s matches, which was a good way to get everyone on the field. Wheeling won both games relatively comfortably, but that's to be expected as Alderson Broaddus is still a young program.

Women D1 Elite Shutouts

The winning teams in D1 Elite did not get scored upon, as Lindenwood hammered Life 51-0 on the road. This extended Lindenwood's winning streak against Life to six games and put the Lions firmly on top of the heap in women's college rugby.

Meanwhile, Central Washington defeated Grand Canyon 130-0 behind superb defensive effort and four-try day from freshman flanker Tessa Hann. Hann is a former Girls HS All American, who played for Arapahoe in Colorado while in high school and was a state all-star for three years, picked up in college where she left off in high school.

Freshman fullback Sammy Stern (Fallbrook HS) scored three tries. Kai Brandt-Templeton, who was a standout at West End in Virginia before joining Pleasanton in California, was superb with the boot. The freshman flyhalf slotted 16 out of 19 conversions for 32 points. Those three players accounted for over half the CWU scoring with 67 points.

Men D1A, D1AA, and Others
Wheeling 24-7 Alderson Broaddus (7s)
Wheeling 35-0 Alderson Broaddus (7s)
Davenport 64-12 Iowa Central CC
Lindenwood 59-15 Arkansas State

Women D1 Elite
Lindenwood 51-0 Life
Central Washington 130-0 Grand Canyon

Women D1 Elite W L T PF PA PD BT BL Pts
Lindenwood 2 0 0 90 17 73 2 0 10
CWU 1 0 0 43 13 30 1 0 5
Penn State 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BYU* 0 1 0 13 31 -18 0 0 0
Life 0 2 0 17 90 -73 0 0 0

*-BYU won't necessarily play all D1 Elite opponents but will be considered for the postseason