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Gamebreakers Fall College Finals Weekend

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Gamebreakers Fall College Finals Weekend

Viance Vano in action for Iowa Central.

With the playoffs capping off the weekend, and the fall, we’re lumping in various divisions and levels this week for our top performers.

Queens Take Men's DII College Throne

There It Is: Iowa Central Wins Fall DIAA

Republic Of Doyle: Air Force SH Sparks Championship

Winona State Holds Of Coast Guard In A Wild Semi

Viance Vano, Iowa Central Community College

A dangerous and exciting attacking fullback, Vano logged several key try-saving tackles for the Tritons, as well. And while he was in the middle of the offensive output for Iowa CCC, it’s his open-field tackling that gets him in this list.

Kyle Williams, Western Michigan

The powerful center scored two tries when WMU’s backs were against the wall, both superb individual efforts. What also gets him here is his reaction to both tries, which was to quietly turn around and hoof it back to midfield, because there was more work to do.

Elijah Hayes, Iowa Central Community College

Iowa Central’s success started with a tough-minded tight five that fronted up nicely, and covered the field well. Hayes scored a try was in the middle of all of that.

Devin Doyle, Air Force Academy

Doyle’s leadership at scrumhalf is a key part of her team’s success, and really it was just icing on the cake that she scored three tries in a 26-10 victory over Navy in the Women’s DI fall final. All three were smart, opportunistic, and the result of her reading the game correctly.

Sarah Skinner, Navy

The Navy No. 8 made many of her team’s biggest beaks, stole ball, and played strong defense in the losing effort against Air Force.

Zion Thomas, Queens University

Thomas played center for Queens and played some strong defense when Queens didn’t actually have the ball. He scored in both the semis and the final, and was one of the backline lynchpins.

Dominic Tianga, Queens University

Absent in the semis due to an earlier red card, Tianga was available for the final and scored the first three tries for Queens in the final win over Wisconsin-Whitewater

Levi Van Lanen, Wisconsin-Whitewater

Van Lanen’s veteran leadership is impressive, but he also can make plays and his ability to identify and exploit space against Missouri S&T led the Warhawks to a 59-15 win.

Emily Becker, Winona State

The team’s goalkicker and most consistent attacking threat, Becker led WSU in all things as they took the national DII women’s fall final.

Madelyn Rabideau, Winona State

You need the rapier and the hammer, and with Becker being WSU’s rapier, Rabideau was the blunt force, and she was superb at it. Winona State’s success at the breakdown and close-in at the tryline was key for Winona State’s victory run.

Mile McCormick, Saint Mary’s

Away from the fall finals, McCormick, a freshman, started at No. 8 for Saint Mary’s against Santa Clara and scored five tries as the Gaels rolled.