It’s down to two teams: Either BYU or Central Washington will advance to the May 9 national bout as the spring champion. Two very different games evolved today, but both exciting.
After a couple years of coming close, Danville has its first Northern California girls high school title. But it wasn’t easy. Sacramento, despite its ups and downs this season, was ready to defend its territory, but ultimately the Lady Oaks, in their third year of existence, prevailed 41-38.
A big weekend awaits in girls high school rugby, as the Midwest Championship is poised to play out in Elkhart, Ind. Division I will bring some of the region’s best teams together, while Division II allows up-and-coming teams to share in the competitive weekend.
Life University and Central Washington University are making their way to Pittsburgh, Pa., for the Women’s DI College spring semifinals. The teams will contest their playoff match on Friday, April 24, at 5:45 p.m. EDT, following the 4 p.m. BYU vs. West Chester game (read preview here).
Division I is four games away from naming its 2014-15 women’s college champion. The spring semifinalists will compete on Friday, April 24, at Pittsburgh’s Founders Field, and name the spring champion on Saturday. The national final occurs on May 9 against fall champion Penn State.
Saturday was a high stakes day in Albuquerque, N.M. The Southwest regional championship was to name its representatives to the DI and DII spring final four by day’s end. The division II teams received a bye through the Round of 16, so the berth to the spring semifinals rested on one game between UC Riverside and Texas State.
Florida International returns to the spring final four for the second consecutive year, but the post-season appearance is more than a benchmark for the DII team. FIU has something to say about women’s rugby in Florida, and it’s letting its victories do the talking.
The Mid-Atlantic women’s DII college quarterfinal was an interesting one. Two conference runners-up – Capital’s Salisbury and Carolinas’ College of Charleston – won their Round of 16 matches, while their respective conference champions (Mary Washington and South Carolina) were eliminated on Saturday.
CSU Northridge is 10 years more mature after its experience at the DII West regional championship. The Southern California champ won its two playoff games by a combined 13 points, beating UN Reno 41-32 in overtime Saturday (read more) and a hungry Humboldt 36-32 yesterday.
Central Washington didn’t have to prove that it was a good team; just a glimpse at its roster confirms as much. But last weekend’s DI West regional championship lent some depth to its talent, as the Wildcats defeated Stanford 53-7 in Sunday’s quarterfinal.
North Carolina entered the South DI regional championship well prepared. Solid scouting created a game plan that took the ball out of Life's hands, and the Tar Heels executed well … until the final minute of play. Leaning on its fitness and patience, the Running Eagles scored the game-winning try at the buzzer for a 12-10 win and trip to the spring final four.
West Chester returns to the DI spring final four, but it was no easy road. UVA wanted that return bid to Pittsburgh, and the fact that the duo played each other two weeks ago meant that both sides had targeted game plans in place. But the Rams were able to enforce their style of play better and won 28-9.