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
Preparation for the women’s DI college playoffs can take many forms.
The women's spring DII semifinals are all set for this weekend at Stanford University.
In a women’s college rugby environment where varsity programs are spring up all over, UC Davis is a national power paddling against the tide, and heaving the biggest paddle may well be Sydnee Watanabe.
Sometimes, when you’re cruising in space on a rugby field, the ball in hand, you’ve just got to make a decision.
Francesca Sands knows that, and knows that when you make a decision, it helps when you make it fast.