College 7s News
UCLA took the West Coast 7s in dramatic fashion, defeating Arizona 17-14 with a try in the corner on the final play.
The Bruins were superb throughout the tournament, finding a way to get both speedster Eric Naposki and speedster Lucas Lacamp space to punish defenders. Much of that hinged on the vision of Shane Barry, who repeatedly set those two free.
Cal and Arizona looked in control Saturday in the West Coast 7s, winning all three of their pool games and not allowing a single point against.
UCLA and Cal Poly also won their pools. UCLA allowed just the one try, while Cal Poly was pushed the hardest, taking victories 24-12 over CCAC, 26-7 over USC, and 24-10 over a stubborn Utah side.
College sevens hasn't become massive in the fall, but it has its moments, and this weekend is one of them.
The West Coast 7s, PAC 7s, Boise State 7s, and recently-completed Red River 7s are all part of the fall calendar, and this weekend the West Coast 7s reigns.
Texas A&M scored on the final play of the game to beat Baylor 26-19 in the championship match of the Red River 7s over the weekend.
Tha tournament, hosted by the Houston SaberCats MLR team, was the official qualifier and championship for the DIA conference.
The West Coast 7s has confirmed its pools and schedule for the tournament to be held October 19-20 on Treasure Island in San Francisco.
The event is one of the bigger men's college sevens tournaments of the fall. Last year, Cal won the tournament over UCLA, while Arizona finished 3rd after almost beating Cal in the semis.
Three big pieces of news came out of the opening West Coast 7s collegiate tournament this past weekend.
GLENDALE, CO. - The Men’s Collegiate All-American Sevens have named their full squad for the 2019 RugbyTown Sevens taking place in Glendale, CO from August 23-25.
Western Washington and Washington State lead the field after Day One of the Men’s NCRC 7s in Pullman, WA.
WWU went 3-0, defeating Washington 43-7, Eastern Washington 19-12, Oregon 42-0. In the seller Pool B, WSU needed just two victories, but both of them were close. The Cougars beat Boise State 12-5 and Oregon State 24-19 to win the group.
The Southern Rugby Conference finished up its 7s series this Saturday at UNC-Charlotte.
Charlotte is the top-seeded team, with Furman heading up Pool B in a tight competition. Those two are favored, but Wake Forest and Appalachian State are looking to surprise.
The winner will go on to the national men's D2 college 7s championships in Tucson, Arizona May 24-26.
The top eight in the CRC Qualifier in Men's College 7s at the Las Vegas Invitational are set.
Dartmouth was dominant and takes the top seed. Little surprise there.Photos by David Barpal click on smaller photos to enlarge
Perhaps the surprise of the tournament was Utah Valley, which took the #2 seed and is a serious contender.
The location for USA Rugby's 2019 Collegiate 7s National Championships have been finalized, with Tucson's Kino Sports complex playing host on Memorial Day Weekend, May 24-26.