GRR: Pacific Mountain Conference
Tomorrow, University of Washington (North #2), Chico State (West #2), UC Berkeley (West #3), UCSD (South #1), UCLA (South #2), Washington State (North #1), Arizona State (South #3), and UC Davis (West #1) will be competing in the Pacific Mountain Rugby Conference playoffs and a place in the national Women's DI Spring Quarterfinals.
Stanford and Central Washington were the clear leaders during last weekend’s Pacific Mountain Rugby Conference playoffs. On Saturday, the pair combined for 199 unanswered points, but Sunday competition brought more resistance. The Cardinal fielded a younger team against Washington State and won 41-22, while the Wildcats subdued a good UC Davis 57-10.
Washington State is onto the next round of Pacific Mountain Rugby Conference playoffs, having defeated Cal 37-22 today in Palo Alto, Calif. The win is essentially a berth into the spring Round of 16 and Sunday’s game against Stanford will determine where the Cougars fall in the lineup.
Stanford went 6-0 during the regular season, but it wasn’t the unopposed run to the playoffs as it’s been in other years. This weekend, during the Pacific Mountain Rugby Conference post-season, the DI field was able to judge the relative strength of the perennial national finalist.
Today was Central Washington’s coming-out party. Teams within the Pacific Mountain Rugby Conference are well versed in the Wildcats’ attributes, but none of the playoff-bound teams – save Washington State – had actually seen CWU play in person until today. So Central Washington made a statement, posting 101 unanswered points against Chico State.