Big news came out of Charlotte, NC earlier this spring when Queens University of Charlotte announced that it would start up a men’s and women’s varsity rugby program.
Cal won their 5th-straight CRC Sunday, defeating Life University 19-0 in the final.
The final day of the CRC was a test, and maybe a final exam, of how difficult a top-level 7s tournament can be. Fit and aggressive, Lindenwood expected to make the final, but in the end some execution and discipline breakdowns cost them and it was Life that won that semi.
Lindenwood, Life, Penn State, and Dartmouth are in control as pool play in the women's CRC is done.
The pools and schedule are set for USA Rugby's College 7s National Championships in Glendale, Colo.
The Men's DI pools are:
Pool A: Saint Mary's, Bowling Green, James Madison, Fordham
Pool B: Lindenwood, Grand Canyon, Wyoming, Stanford
Pool C: Ohio State, Arkansas, Santa Clara, Florida International
It's a small but very important weekend for college rugby, as six major championships are decided.
Quinnipiac center Ilona Maher has been named the winner of the 2016-17 MA Sorensen Award as the top women's college rugby player in the country.
So we now know the teams playing for a major 7s championship in college rugby, and, boy, it's a lot of teams.
It's a lot even though USA Rugby drastically reduced their number of teams participating. We still have 16 USA DI Men's teams, 24 CRC Men's teams, 12 USA Women's teams, 16 CRC Women's teams, 12 USA DII Men's teams, 8 NSCRO Men's teams, and 6 CRC Collegiate Challenge teams.
We're coming close to figuring out who is playing where in women's college 7s.
USA Rugby has still not announced officially what are their qualifiers. What they have is a list of tournaments that applied for qualifier status, but no confirmation that those are the qualifiers. But, while they say "Never Assume" we are making some assumptions along the way.
Eight teams are left for the Women's DI College championships.
The past weekend began with 16 teams in the running. The winners from the 1st round qualified for one of two championships. The DI Elite semifinalists are the four teams who won twice over the weekend - the Round of 16 and Quarterfinals. The DI semifinalists are the teams that lost the Quarterfinals.
Kennesaw State has earned the right to face Davenport in the women's DII championship final.
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