Much like DI fall champion UCONN (read more), Davenport is starting to realize that the toughest times are ahead.
Everything was different for DI women’s colleges this fall, as teams essentially split into three different championships. The increased activity didn’t concern UCONN, which went to work in the DI Northeast, tested itself at the East Regional, and then took home the DI fall championship last weekend.
Davenport is heading to the DII national championship, having won the fall title after two exhilarating games last weekend. A ferocious second half was needed against Bloomsburg in the semifinals, but the 41-26 victory pit the Panthers against perennial fall finalist Winona.
Connecticut held off a second-half comeback to defeat Air Force 19-12 for the Women’s DI Fall Championship title. UCONN will now compete for the national championship against the DI spring champion on May 7.
When the U.S. Air Force Academy and University of Connecticut contest the fall championship on Sunday, Dec. 6, it won’t be the first time that these women’s DI colleges have battled toward a title. The pair played in the 1993 national championship, and UConn, making its second consecutive appearance that year, took home the trophy.
After a tense playoff weekend, the four women’s DII college regionals have named their representatives to the fall championship semifinals. The teams will gather at Furman University (S.C.) on Dec. 5-6, and the fall champion will move onto the DII national championship in May 2016.
The top-two-ranked varsity teams, Quinnipiac and Army, won their NCVWRA semifinals against Norwich and American International College, respectively, and head to the first-ever varsity championship. The finalists split their regular-season matches by a total of five points, so a good game should evolve.
The women’s DI college fall championship has been the toughest competition to figure out, but now that it’s set, let’s see what’s occurring this weekend.
Cincinnati is only four years old as a program, and the team is hoping to progress farther into the DII fall championship than it did last year. In 2014, UC’s run ended in the Round of 16 against a very strong Ithaca College, but the team has picked up some lessons since then, and readies for the Midwest regionals this weekend in Pittsburgh.
Winona was ready to get its post-season underway. The Black Katts went through the Northern Lights conference with little resistance, and used that time to get its younger players lots of playing time. Last Saturday, the Minnesota side saw the return of some key players who had been absent due to injury, and they contributed to a 114-5 win over Univ.
Since the creation of the Ivy League conference, it has always been Brown, Dartmouth, Harvard, and Princeton occupying the top tier of the women’s competition. This year, the quartet pursued different post-season paths beyond the conference championship. All but Princeton aligned with the new varsity championship, which contested its quarterfinals last weekend.