Day Two Drama at Women's Collegiate Playoffs
- Women Cougar Rugby book their seat the Stanford Semis
- Army/Navy lives up to it's billing
- Washington State puts a ton on the board
There were points a plenty for the second day in a row of the Emirates Airline USA Rugby Women’s Division I & II College Playoffs. Massive scores from coast to coast gave plenty of teams momentum going into the round of eight, while the Cougar Women (BYU) punched their ticket to the Final Four in emphatic fashion.
The Cougar Women advanced to the round of 8 yesterday without having a point scored against them. They continued their winning ways today blanking Northern Iowa 41-0, bringing their two-day total in Columbus, Ohio to 95-0. With the win today the Cougar Women advance to Stanford for the National Semi-Finals.
This was the first day of playoff competition across the rest of the country, but some big rivalries gave the day a championship feel, and there is no bigger rivalry than Army v Navy. As usual, the Army/Navy game wouldn’t disappoint.
The two service academies traded blows to open the match and the score remained close, 13-10 Army at halftime. Anne Lee of Army would strike in the 51st minute with a converted try, and it looked as though the women of West Point were going to walk away with the win. Navy had other ideas. Navy added two tries in the 63rd and 68th minute to tie game at 20. The last ten minutes would be one for the books as both teams fought tooth and nail to put the winning points on the board. Finally, with one minute on the clock, Winger Julia Hardgrove touched down for the winning try for Navy. Final score, 25-20.
Down in Mobile AL, Brown put on an impressive performance as they logged a 62 – 5 win over North Carolina. Chelsea Garber had a busy day for Brown scoring two tries and kicking 6 conversions. In the other half of the Mobile bracket, Texas’ impressive 2012 season came to an end when they faced a very speedy Virginia, losing 26-5.
Out west in Palo Alto, CA, the Bruins of UCLA came storming back after falling behind Cal in the second half to suffer a 24 – 20 loss. Cal was awarded a Penalty Try in the 45th minute that ultimately cost UCLA the match. Jennifer Sever led the way for the Golden Bears with a try and two conversions.
Tomorrow’s quarter-finals are shaping up to be classics. Penn State squares off against rival Navy at noon in a game that is always hotly contested. Brown and Virginia kickoff at 3pm, and one could say the Women’s Scrum Axe will be on the line when Stanford takes on Cal at 3pm as well.
There were plenty of tries on hand in the Division II bracket as well, most noticeable perhaps was a 103 point dismantling of Cal State Northridge at the hands of a powerful Washington State.
Ten different Cougars dotted down for Wazzu, who put their hand up as a favorite for the DII crown, a position they are getting used to.
In Columbus, Ohio, Winona State reserved their seat at the Stanford semi-final table posting a 39 – 12 victory over the Women Panthers of Pittsburgh. Winona will meet the winner of tomorrows Shippensburg/Temple match in Palo Alto on May 11th.
Rachel Ryan provided some late-game heroics for Wyoming as they pulled off a big come-from-behind victory over Humboldt State in the dying seconds of the match. WYO will have their hands full with a strong looking Washington State outfit tomorrow. That game gets under way at 11am.
In Princeton, New Jersey, Vassar will square off against a Norwich team who has yet to play a game in these playoffs. Norwich was scheduled to play Stony Brook on Day 1, but Stony Brook was unable to make the trip at the last minute, and Norwich received the bye.
The DI & DII Quarterfinals shape up as follows:
Woman Cougars (BYU) v Northern Iowa 44-0 (Sat)
Navy v Penn St: 3pm Princeton, N.J.
Brown v Virginia: 3pm Mobile, Ala.
Stanford v Cal: 3pm Palo Alto, Calif
Winona State v Pittsburgh 39-12 (Sat)
Norwich v Vassar: 11am Princeton N.J.
Temple v Shippensburg: 11am Mobile, Ala.
Washington State v Wyoming: 11am Palo Alto, Calif.