GRR: Lindenwood Women
Lindenwood University won the 2021 CRC women's bracket with a tense, physical 10-7 win over Life University.
Lindenwood and Life look the business in the Women's CRC Saturday, with both teams winning comfortably as they rolled through the first day of competition.
Life shut out Allegheny 45-0 and Iowa State 46-0 to make it to the semifinals. Life was very physical in contact and it was often their defense that produced their scoring opportunities.
The Women's CRC in New Orleans may well be a foregone conclusion in terms of who makes the final, but we could have a dark horse or two.
Lindenwood's 15s team has been dominant this season, and while that doesn't necessarily mean the Lions will roll through a 7s tournament, history tells us that Lindenwood, paced by MA Sorensen Award-winner Richelle Stephens, will be fully prepared.
Lindenwood University flyhalf Richelle Stephens has been named the 2021 MA Sorensen Award-winner as the best women's player in American College Rugby.
Richelle Stephens, who represented the USA in the 2016 Olympics just out of high school, is now a finalist for the MA Sorensen Award as the top women's college rugby player in the USA.
Stephens is a classic flyhalf, a distributor who understands space and uses her running ability, kicking, and passing to exploit it.