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NCR Women Semifinalists Ready for This Weekend

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NCR Women Semifinalists Ready for This Weekend

One of the nice touches from NCR is a Regional Championship trophy, so all four semifinalists get some hardware. Photo Life University Rugby.

The semifinals for the NCR Women's collegiate playoffs are set for the Tennessee Rugby Complex in Knoxville.

In the small-college final four, SUNY Cortland takes on Lee University at 9AM, and Wayne State plays Northern Michigan at 11AM.

These dizzying heights are a first for NMU and they will be playing a Wayne State team that has been there before. Three teams got through the first rounds of playoffs in impressive fashion. Cortland beat University of Rochester 28-10 and Endicott 34-10; NMU dismissed MSU Moorhead 74-19 and got a bye to advance after that; Lee defeated Loyola 37-17. Wayne State defeated Iowa 76-20 Sunday, but that was part of their regular season, in which they were 8-0 and averaged almost 100 points in the last four games they've played. Defensively, Wayne State allowed 27 points, 20 of them this past Sunday. Only Pitt State (89-7) also scored on them.

In D1 Notre Dame College meets Northern Iowa at 1PM. NDC is bouncing back from a rough couple of years where games, and wins, were very hard to come by, and there was a really concern they might not be competitive at all. But under new Head Coach Jack Nece they rebounded from an opening loss to Fairmont State to win 10 in a row including this past weekend's 39-7 defeat of Roger Williams and 57-10 dismissal of Colgate.

"The team has showed great progress over the season," said Nece. "For a year we were not even supposed to play any 15s matches, we have outscored our opponents be an average of 60 points. I can't ask for much more than that."

UNI beat North Dakota 120-5 and slammed UW Eau Claire 66-7 to make this game and were led by co-MVPs Maggie Burns and Ciara Rose Stanerson-Edwards and a gritty performance by Emma Bacon. 

And at 3PM Marquette faces Life University. 

Marquette has rolled by massive amounts through their opposition, so 29-26 over Iowa State was a bit of a nailbiter and even 41-12 over Grand Valley State was closer than normal.

They face a young Life University side that is made up of mostly freshmen and sophomores, but is still a group training against Eagles and All Americans on a regular basis. Head Coach Rosalind Chou praised the leadership of captains Emma Fredlund-Adams and Hanna Boekelman (basically the one senior they're allowed to play). Lyric Greenhill-Casados scored three tries in a 56-0 shutout of Syracuse as did Sarah Barsoum, and freshman Nina Mason scored all four ways against Clemson in a 55-0 shutout.

Didn't know she could hit drop goals? We did. She could in high school ...

Mason scored a try, kicked four conversions, three penalties, and a drop goal for 25 points. She scored 14 in the previous game, including a try. Barsoum ended the weekend with four tries.