GRR: Central Washington University
Central Washington prop forward Mae Sagapolu is a finalist for the 2021 MA Sorensen Award as the top women's collegiate rugby player in the USA.
A powerful scrummager and imposing ballcarrier, Sagapolu hits the rucks and makes the tackles but she is also a great passer and intelligent rugby player overall.
Life University shocked Central Washington in the DI Elite semifinals 29-20 thanks to a more adventurous approach and some execution in the red zone.
Central continued to play aggressive rugby and worked the phases, but they continually found themselves defending their own tryline thanks to turnovers and some impressive runs from the Running Eagles.
It took some doing but the DI Elite competition did get played, for the most part, and this weekend we get to see the semifinals.
Saint Mary's opened up their season after more than a year away from competition, and beat a very strong Central Washington team 38-17 in Moraga, Saturday.
The Gaels ran out to a 26-0 lead, playing their characteristic wide open game. Wing Jonathan Hackett, wing Aiden Howe, fullback Erich Storti, and Howe again went over, with scrumhalf Karl Keane getting three conversions.