Life, Air Force and Princeton finish Pool Play 3-0 after College 7s Day One

Cup and Bowl finals kick off tomorrow on FloRugby.

Women’s D1

Though it was a cold day in Glendale, top Women’s D1 squads were on fire as they took the pitch at Infinity Park. Perennial contenders and 2017 7s Champion, Lindenwood, would open the Women’s matches against Central Washington with a 17-7 win thanks to an early attack that kept the Wildcats chasing. The Lions positioned themselves will throughout the day, having only lost to Penn State.

The 2015 Champion Nittnay Lions opened with a win over Dartmouth, with a pair of USA Eagles tallying each try in Kayla Canett and Tess Feury. Their victory over Lindenwood would prove to be key given a draw against Central Washington in their third and final match. The 2-1-1 record gave Penn State the narrow margin, finishing the day as the Pool A number one seed.

Central Washington struggled early to find their footing, but physical play in the chilly temps kept them from a 0-3 day.

Dartmouth came into the tournament needing their A game with both Lindenwood and Penn State in their pool. Their only victory came against Central Washington but held their own early against the Nittnay Lions. Tough competition ahead, but momentum is moving in the right direction.

Army, coming out of a NIRA win, was considered a sleeper in this tournament. The usual names may have topped the predictions list, but the athletes out of West Point showed their strength early with two wins over Harvard and Davenport. They move into the knockouts behind their only loss, Life.

Speaking of the 2016 National Champion, the Life Running Eagles were the only unblemished team in Pool play, claiming a perfect 3-0 record. Head Coach Rosalind Chou will look to keep that confidence moving as her team hopes to claim a second title in two years.

Looking ahead to tomorrow, Penn State and Army will match up in the first Cup Semifinal, while Life and Lindenwood follow. In the Bowl competition, Dartmouth meets Harvard in an Ivy League showdown, fans can catch Davenport and Central Washington in the second semi.

Women’s Open

This year saw a Women’s Open bracket consisting of D1 and D2 teams competing aside from the D1-Elite and Vastity programs. Both Pool A and B finished Day One with identical records and points awarded as two teams would rise to the top of the standings with perfect 3-0 records, Air Force and Princeton. Princeton having played in the National Championship tournament before, showed their experience tallying the most points in the tournament at 108, Air Force only just behind them with 106.

Chico State, coming out of a strong 15s performance in Fullerton two weeks ago winning the D1 Spring Championship, find themselves in the two seed of Pool A, having only lost to Air Force. Themselves and Texas A&M fill out the reminder of the Cup Semifinal openings. A&M is primed for a classic storyline having never competed in the National Championship in previous years.

The Bowl Semifinal will see newcomers Queens and Sam Houston State square off with Kennesaw State and Bloomsburg in opening matches on Sunday. Going winless on Saturday, the Owls and Bearkats will look to turn momentum around and compete for a Bowl title.

No matter the result, the Women’s Open can look forward to a new champion in this tournament with the most recent 2016 champion Davenport moving up to D1.