It appears that Mel Denham is working her magic, again. The new head coach took Central Washington to Pullman, Wash., this weekend for the Wildcats’ first run-out of the season. Although a pre-season friendly, CWU impressed in its 41-8 win over Washington State, the region’s top DI team.
Down 17-8 at the half, American International College’s forwards surged in the second half, dotting down four tries to overtake Army 32-29. The teams were both looking for their first win within the Northeast's DI Western Division.
No movement in the top five of the Women’s DI College Rankings, but plenty through the meat of the lineup.
It was supposed to be the game: USA Rugby’s DII champion vs. a DII ACRA finalist. Last Saturday’s match was a friendly – sure – but neither team viewed it as such.
There were so many big scores between women’s colleges last weekend, but the one that stood out was the one that wasn’t supposed to happen. DII ACRA finalist Notre Dame College walloped USA Rugby DII champion Mary Washington 109-0.
Many questions arose, but both teams’ coaches confirmed the story behind that huge score: Notre Dame College is just that much better this year.
New varsity team Life University banked three wins last weekend, playing Atlanta-area DI and DII teams in a round robin, shortened match format.
First up was Georgia Tech, which provided the toughest competition. Two tries from Deshel Ferguson, and one apiece from N’Keiah Butler and Argentina’s Karen Faget, helped the Running Eagles to a 22-10 win.
What’s new with the reigning DII ACRA champion? Winona played its typically toughest league opponent on Saturday, defeating Mankato 39-7 on the host’s friends and family day.
DI’s Virginia Women’s Rugby fell off last year. After a couple of uncharacteristic losses during the season, the team bowed out of the Mason Dixon playoffs during the quarterfinals (to James Madison).