When colleges started playing serious 7s rugby, everyone assumed Saint Mary’s would be good at it; and so the Gaels were, but at the same time, they never won a national title.
They came close - finishing second in 2011 and usually pushing for a spot in the semis or winning the Plate. But Sunday, Saint Mary’s won it all.
With rain and storms threatening Sunday, the USA Rugby College 7s Championships knockout games were moved up to early in the morning, and so we have already crowned national champions in both Men's DI and Men's DII.
Scores from Saturday in Men's DI College 7s Championships, plus the matchups for the final games on Sunday.
Men DI Cup Quarterfinals
Davenport 17 - 7 West Virginia
St. Mary's 21 - 17 Notre Dame College
Arizona State 24 - 0 Lindenwood
Central Washington 0 - 15 American International
The first day of Pool Play is done in the Men’s DI College 7s Championships in Cary, NC, and the favorites, for the most part, looked the part.
Goff Rugby Report pool picks Central Washington, Saint Mary’s, Lindenwood, AIC, and Notre Dame College all started strong
Some interesting college 7s action this weekend.
Salve Regina went 6-0 to win the Colonial Coast Rugby Rugby Conference 7s Saturday, and garner a spot at USA Rugby's Men's DII College 7s Championships in Cary, NC in May.
Salve defeated Endicott in the final behind Connor Murphy's two tries. Murphy was named MVP of the final.
The University of California Golden Bears have confirmed their schedule for the Winter/Spring of 2016.
The schedule culminates, in 15s, with the Varsity Cup, and ends en toto with the CRC 7s invitational in Chester, Pa. But there are a few - as they say in England - banana skins along the way.
Top college rugby teams continue to try to challenge themselves in their schedules, and Arizona State is no different as the Sun Devils enter their preseason camp.
ASU has a little more than two weeks until starting the 2016 15s season, with nothing less than defending DIA champions St. Mary’s Gaels the opponent on January 16.
Three undefeated SCRC teams are in action this weekend, but really only one should be nervous.
Alabama sits at 4-0 in the SCRC West, and while Kentucky could upset the Tide, it doesn’t seem likely given that road wins are in seriously short supply in this conference and Kentucky is on the road.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (Penn State Release) – The Pennsylvania State University has named Blake Burdette and Kate Daley head coaches of the Men’s and Women’s programs respectively. Following a three-month search led by Director of Rugby, Chris Amoratis, the two were selected to fill the first ever full-time coach positions in the program’s history.