Lindenwood Doubles Up and Goes Back To Back

Lindenwood avenged their loss to Penn State yesterday, to claim their second 7s National Title in as many years.

Glendale, CO.- Lindenwood avenged their loss to Penn State yesterday, to claim their second 7s National Title in as many years, in addition to their XVs national championship that they won  two weeks ago. 

Both teams advanced to the Championship match after putting in impressive shifts in their semi finals. From the first whitle both were ready to go for a championship match, that promised to be a memorable one. Early it was all Penn State, they were moving the ball up field through impressive backline moves aided by ill discipline by Lindenwood. However, while they were able to move the ball into threatening positions they were unable to capitalize and let opportunities go begging. Lindenwood, eventually tightened things up and were able to start attacking, probing and testing the Penn State defense. In the 4th minute it cracked when Nika Buyten hit a hole hard streaked away from the Penn State defense. From there it didn’t take Lindenwood long to strike again, and double their lead to ten before the break. 

Coming out of half time it looked as though the next try would have a direct impact on which team would win the game. Penn State was looked tired and need inspiration, Lindenwood could smell blood in the water. In the 9th minute it was the Lions that seized an opportunity courtesy of Ariana Lewis and extended their lead to fifteen points. Penn State did not go down without a fight and continued to look for ways to break through the Lindenwood defense, but it would not bend. In the 12th minute the Lions crossed once more and took the result beyond doubt. Lindenwood shutting Penn State out to win the 2017/18 USA Rugby College 7s Women’s D1 National Championship, 20-0.

Lindenwood opened their second day of competition against a formidable Life team. In a game that went down to the wire, it was impossible to separate the two teams. The match had four lead changes, Life that got on the board first breaking the deadlock in the fourth minute. Lindenwood answered right back and crossed the line twice before the half to lead 10-7 going into the break. The second half started in similar fashion to the first with the first four minutes being scoreless as teams jockeyed for position. As it was in the opening stanza, Life got on the board to first and reclaimed the lead 14-10. The game continued to develop and teams continued to ask questions, of the defense but were unable to convert. That was until Lindenwood found a hole as the final siren went and scored the winning try to book their place in the championship game. Lindenwood advancing 17-14. 

Early in the day Penn State looked to be the comfortable favorites, after progressing successfully through an immensely tough schedule in pool play, they opened their second day of competition against Army. From the first whistle to the last it was Penn State’s game. They opened up with 31 unanswered points and were lead by their capped Eagles, Tess Feury and Kayla Cannett who contributed, a combined, 19 points to their team’s tally for the game. Penn State Advanced 36-12.

Women’s D1 Final ResultsShield Final: Davenport 27-10 Dartmouth 

Bowl Final: Central Washington 34-12 Harvard

3rd Place: Life 22-21 Army

Cup Final: Lindenwood 20-0 Penn State