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CRAA Finals Weekend Features 15s and 7s

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CRAA Finals Weekend Features 15s and 7s

Lindenwood and Harvard help highlight a packed women's 7s tournament. And there's more. Alex Goff photo.

The CRAA Championship weekend schedule is set as five 15s games and two 7s tournaments descend on SaberCats Stadium in Houston.

The Rugby Network will be carrying these games live.

Here’s what’s at stake:

D1A National Championship Final

Navy takes on Cal in a massive D1A final. This is a rematch of the 1994 USA Rugby D1 final which Cal won. It is Navy’s first appearance in the D1A final, and Cal’s 4th.

Kickoff: Saturday, May 6, 6:35PM

As Close as You Can Get: Navy over Lindenwood

Cal Storms Past BYU in Big Second Half

D1 Women’s Spring Championship

BYU capped off a dominant run with a 37-10 defeat of Stanford in last weekend’s semifinals. In college games the Cougars have been able to play, they are now 7-1 with their only loss to D1 Elite Central Washington. Their average score is 67-8, and in D1 games it’s 74-3.

Virginia won the Eastern semifinal in a close one over Florida 14-12 over Florida 69-7. However, for the second-straight year UVA are not making the trip to the final. Last year Virginia Tech stepped in to replace them. This year, the main reason is finances.

Said longtime Head Coach Nancy Kechner: “the team decided not to do a fundraising letter campaign this winter and now we’re facing the consequences.”

Kickoff Saturday, May 6, 12:05PM 

D2 Women’s Spring Championship

Claremont Colleges is back to defend their title after beating Sacramento State 39-38 in a very entertaining semifinal. They will play a team that has a lot of mainstream media attention around it as Howard University is the first Historically Black College to be in a major collegiate rugby final. 

Howard went unbeaten in the fall and defeated Appalachian State 43-26 to reach this final.

Historically Black Colleges the Next Great Rugby Opportunity

Kickoff Sunday, May 7, 12:05PM

D1AA World Rugby Shop Championship

Sacramento State and Florida State won their respective conferences in tough finals and this will be the championship within the CRAA D1AA conferences.

Kickoff Sunday, May 7, 4:35PM

Finishers Cap Comeback for FSU in Florida DIAA Final

Late Surge Sees Sacramento State Past Fresno State

D1AA RTIC Bowl Championship 

Fresno State and South Florida were runners up in their conference playoffs, and both were very competitive in those finals. This bowl game was put forth in part to build a rivalry between the two conferences, and also to make it so both finalists could plan early for the trip.

Kickoff Saturday, May 6, 3:05PM

Men’s 7s

Up to 16 (possibly fewer) teams will be competing in the Men’s 7s. 

Women’s 7s

This is possibly the best women’s collegiate 7s tournament ever assembled. The four D1 Elite teams, plus two of the stronger D1 teams from this spring, plus a large contingent of very strong NIRA teams (top four at Tropical 7s Elite, Tropical 7s Collegiate Open winners, Shark Attack winners and runners-up), makes this a really talented 

Sacred Heart Survives Shark Attack 7s

These games will be played in specific sessions through the weekend, with teams playing pool games in Saturday. The Cup Quarterfinals will also be played on Day 1, and then everyone goes into a semifinal-final format for 1st, 5th, 9th, and 13th.

The in a straight bracket format. Winning teams will track to the Cup and teams that losing each round will enter . The Women will play their first round early on Saturday morning,  

Final will be in the stadium as well as every Cup semi.

Women’s Cup Final: Sunday, May 7, 2:40PM

Men’s Cup Final: Sunday, May 7, 3PM