It's not always easy to see where champions found that special something, mostly because it's many things that make a champion, but Lindenwood University women's team's massive success throughout 2018 might well be traced back to ... a trip to Ireland.
The final 16 of women’s DI playoffs kicks off this weekend at four regional sites.
Here’s the lineup of games:
Lindenwood v Washington State
Stanford v Arizona
played at Stanford
Life v North Carolina
Central Florida v Virginia
played at Life
Penn State v James Madison
Preparation for the women’s DI college playoffs can take many forms.
Lindenwood University women reeled off two victories in Las Vegas, giving the rest of the women's college rugby community something to consider.
Playing a very good BYU team that was in the National DI Elite Final last year, Lindenwood took care of the Cougars 39-5.
The top women's college rugby teams in the nation are starting to show where they fall in the pecking order.
Of recent games that told us what is what, Quinnipiac v Penn State was the big one. Saturday, the Bobcats dispatched an excellent Penn State team 41-22 on the campus of Mount St. Mary's in Emmitsburg, Md..
Life University pulled off a USA Rugby/CRC double, as the Running Eagles defeated Lindenwood 19-10 in the final at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa.
Life scored early with some good ball movement setting up Christina Swift, who ripped the ball out of a ruck and galloped in for the first try.
The scores and standings are in on Day One of the Women's CRC in Philadelphia, Pa.
In a women's college 7s tournament at the LVI that included some select sides, and some well-regarded teams from Canada, it was two American colleges that ended up on top.
Mariah Plieseis’ path was set. The Tennessee soccer star had landed an athletic scholarship, and all she had to do was finish out her senior year at Maryville High School before graduating to the next phase of her life. So why exactly is the 18-year-old one of Lindenwood Rugby’s incoming recruits? Let’s start at the beginning.
The last time Lindenwood was on the pitch, the Lady Lions were healing from a Round of 8 national playoff against Penn State, the eventual DI fall champion.
We’ve mentioned Billy Nicholas and Lindenwood University a lot recently, but that’s because he’s been popping up all over the country. Now in his second semester with the St. Charles, Mo., program, Nicholas has hit the recruiting trail with vigor, and the effort’s paying off.
When one thinks of girls high school rugby in the Midwest, two teams come to mind: Divine Savior Holy Angels and Catholic Memorial. The Wisconsin duo is the standard for their age group, but that doesn’t mean they have a monopoly on talent. Reina Anderson is proof of such.