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Women DII College Playoffs: 16 Becomes 8

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Women DII College Playoffs: 16 Becomes 8

Here’s how it all went down in the Women’s DII College fall Round of 16 Saturday.

Poughkeespie, NY Bracket:

Vassar 51 Colby 14

Bryant 29 Cortland 17

Hartford 50 Bloomsburg 40

Coast Guard 53 Temple 7

Emily Howell scored three tries helping break up a pretty tight game. Emma Hoffman scored Colby’s only two tries, but Vassar was too much with forwards Madeline Crump, Charlotte Benoit, and Emma Manzella all going over the line.

Fullback Courtney Wheeler torched SUNY Cortland, scoring Bryant’s 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th try in a 29-17 win. Flanker Nyatasha Jackowicz also scored and No. 8 Erica Johansson converted two of those tries.

Hartford ran out to a 40-7 lead and then chewed their fingernails as Bloomsburg scored four tries in the final 20 minutes to make it a game at 50-40. Hartford No. 8 Sisay Rama scored six tries for Hartford.

The US Coast Guard Academy hammered Temple. Fullback scored four tries and four conversions for 28 points on her own and wing Mary Sims raced in for three as UCSGA won 53-7.

Columbia, Mo. Bracket

Cincinnati 32 Illinois 0

Colorado School of Mines 22 IUP 10

Winona State 43 Minnesota-Mankato 0

Grand Valley State 27 UW-Oshkosh 10

Cincinnati shut out Illinois in an impressive performance. Scrumhalf Alaina Tarr scored twice and backs Grace Caniglia, Mira Earhart, and Paige Roller all scored tries in a torrid opening half. Lock Gabrielle Beyer scored the lone try in the second half.

Mines ran out to a 12-0 lead, saw IUP come back to make it 12-10, and then scored to make it 17-10 after 44 minutes. Neither team scored again until the final minutes as lock Sophia Modar’s try sealed it for Mines. Mary Oglesby, Magdalene Piwowarczyk, and Michaela Adams all scored tries for Mines with one conversion from Joyce Kruger. 

Winona State shut out Mankato and booked a spot in the quarterfinals. Centers Emily Becker (13 points) and Abigail Andler (two tries) led the scoring. Winona State hung in there despite losing starting lock Madelyn Rabideau in the first five minutes to injury.

In a tight game, neither team was able to break through until UW-Oshkosh scrumhalf Katelyn Ball zipped over at 18 minutes. That kind of broke the ice, but for Grand Valley State. Fullack Janejira Cooper tied it up, and then flyhalf Emily D’Ascenzo took over with two tries and a conversion as GVSU broke away 27-10.