Sunday, May 24, 2015

Morning Joe: 5.24.15 - USA College 7s Championships

USA Rugby College 7s Championships
On a typically atypical Colorado weather day, pool play in College 7s Championships was conducted on campus at University of Denver’s impressive three-field array of pitches yesterday. The morning began with conditions ranging from perfect: early morning cloud cover and temperatures in the low 60s, then it was warming with spots of sun in the noon hour and finally off-again, on-again lightning-related weather alerts, which caused delays that had the last match of the day (evening) finishing well past 9pm, it was a full day+ of our sport’s fastest form at the area’s finest, multiple-field, rugby venue. From the 15-foot wide esplanade atop Barton Stadium along its south wall, every pitch and all the action on the trio of fields could be seen in a splendid 360o panorama.
In men’s division-1 (MD-1) action, five-of-six teams finished at 3 wins and no losses. Either first seed, St. Mary’s University, or Central Washington University could be considered top dogs emerging out of those pool rounds. Each scored more than 100 points in their three matches against a lone try (CMU) and a brace (SMU).  Davenport University, too, pounded out more than a century’s worth of numbers, though their last match v Utah was a white-knuckler at 24-20. Lindenwood University Lions and American International College topped their pool tables as well in unblemished fashion with LU defeating feisty University of Central Florida 17-7 in their first match before routing Arkansas (32-0) and Stony Brook (35-0). AIC looked a tad taxed in their wins over Mississippi State (34-14), Iowa (26-19) and Wisconsin (22-14).
Arizona State University survived the Pool of Death to front for that quartet after besting Texas A&M (33-5) and Iowa (26-19), though the Sun Devils dropped a squeaker, 17-19, to Cal Poly in the final round of action late in the day’s evening.
Today’s MD-1 knockout stage has exciting quarterfinal contests in: CWU v SDSU at 9:20am, Davenport v ASU at 9:40, St. Mary’s v Utah at 10, and Lindenwood v AIC at 10:20.
In women’s pool play, Penn State and Central Washington University won large in their rounds, each scoring more than 100 points in three games against two (Penn State) and three (CWU); State with wins over Rutgers (42-7), Montana State (34-0) and University of California, Davis (24-7), and Central Washington by defeats of Princeton (26-19), Humboldt State (38-0) and North Carolina (40-0).
University of Virginia and Lindenwood University Lions finished at the front of their pools as well. UVA did it by knocking off Texas Tech (42-7), Air Force (27-0) and Stanford (22-12), while the Lions were victors over Texas (41-7), California (15-10) and James Madison (10-0).
This morning’s knockouts feature: Penn State v Stanford at 8:40, Lindenwood v Princeton at 9:00, UVA v Rutgers at 9:20 and CWU v Cal at 9:40.
Men’s D-2 pool rounds saw St Louis University and University of Minnesota, Duluth as clear favorites today after SLU wins over East Carolina University (29-12), Vassar College (36-7) and University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, while Duluth topped Coast Guard Academy (26-7), Principia College (38-0) and Providence (55-0).
Minnesota gets after East Carolina this morning at 8am and St Louis plays Notre Dame at 8:20.
Wisconsin-Whitewater kicks things off at 8 against UNC, Wilmington while James Madison and Coast Guard contest the pill at 8:20.
Weather permitting, finals begin in the four o’clock hour and conclude by 6pm.

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