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Women’s Collegiate Pool Play Review

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Women’s Collegiate Bracket Finishes Off Pool Play with Three Undefeated Teams

Philadelphia, Penn. — May 30, 2015 — Yesterday the women’s collegiate bracket opened with Pool Play from 12 to 6:30 p.m. at the Academy Fields. The women were divided into three brackets and three  schools went undefeated in each pool. The Women’s Cup Semifinals will start at 6:30 p.m. today and will be featured on Comcast SportsNet, NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network.

Pool A – Pennsylvania State University

Penn State is hoping to win their third consecutive 7s title at the 2015 Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship (Penn Mutual CRC). Th

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e team has a long history of success in the sport, coming to the event with 10 national titles and a legacy of producing the most capped USA 15s and 7s players of any other collegiate program.

James Madison 0 vs. 46 Penn State

Michigan 7 vs. 36 Penn State

Notre Dame 0 vs. 24 Penn State

Last year’s CRC High School Girls Championship winner and current Penn State player Tess Feury said, “We were really excited about the outcome of yesterday’s games. Each game we improved as a team and started to connect. Now we are focused on winning the recovery and getting rest so we are ready to go for the semifinals.”

Pool B – Notre Dame College

Notre Dame College comes to the CRC having won the 2014 American Collegiate Rugby Association 15s Championship this past fall. A relatively young team, 10 of its 15s player were first year students, while five of its starting 7s squad are as well. The Ohio-based school qualified for the 2015 College 7s National Championships last weekend, but Head Coach Mark Andrade declined the spot so Notre Dame could focus on the CRCs. The team will enter the NCAA Varsity status program starting in fall 2015 with the

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Notre Dame 19 vs. 12 Life

Notre Dame 31 vs 0 Kutztown

Notre Dame 19 vs 7 Arizona

Andrade commented on their first game against Life, “We knew that they were probably the toughest team in our bracket. Some people had us as the underdog against them. They’re a talented team and they just came out off the kick-off and they got some really great outside speed. They went up on us right off the bat so we had to make some adjustments. It was a tough game and it could’ve gone either way. They handled the ball a majority of the time, we just stayed wise on the turnovers.”

Pool C – Lindenwood University

The Lindenwood Lions are coming to the 2015 Penn Mutual CRC after finishing seventh overall at the USA Rugby College 7s National Champion in Denver, CO just this past weekend. The team has transitioned to Division I this year and now has a dedicated 15s and 7s season.

Lindenwood 39 vs. 0 Delaware

Lindenwood 29 vs. 0 Boston

Lindenwood 14 vs. 5 American International College

Lindenwood at CRC

After yesterday’s play Head Lindenwood Women’s Rugby Coach Billy Nicholas commented, “Our goal was to focus on one match at a time. We knew our toughest match would be our last but we had to remain focused. The girls started strong shutting out both opponents and we were pleased with our play but are continually finding improvements we need to make and learn from. We have a game plan for tonight’s match against Notre Dame College and we look forward to executing it.”

The Women’s Cup Semifinals will be televised and begin at 6:30 p.m. on May 31. For the full results from yesterday’s women’s collegiate pool play click here.

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