Saturday, April 16, 2016

Varsity Cup Quarterfinal Recap

And then there were four. With two blowouts and two close matched the semi-finals are set in the Varsity Cup with BYU, Cal, Central Washington, and Arkansas State all advancing. BYU, Cal, and CWU have all made the semi-finals every year of the Varsity Cup's existence while Arkansas State makes the final four for the first time. BYU will host Arkansas State and Cal will host Central Washington next weekend.

Cal vs. Army

Cal would go on to win this match 41-29 but for long stretches it seems that Army were going to come away with the major upset result. Each team would trade tries early with Andrew Irwin scoring for Army and Russell Webb scoring for Cal. However, at that point Army would go on a run. Joseph Duglosch would put Army ahead on a try. A breakthrough from Jake Lackina would set Army away and the effort would be finished off by Andrew Yoon for the try. Mitchell Sanderson then scored as Army led 22-7.

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However, Cal were nearly able to level the score before halftime. Nic Mirashem was the first to score and then another try from Webb would make the halftime score 22-21 in favor of Army. Harry Adolphus would give Cal the lead with a try shortly into the second half before a try from Andrew Boren temporarily reclaimed the lead for Cal with 30 minutes to play. Still, Cal were too much and tries from Connor Sweet, Anthony Salaber, and Adolphus would push the Golden Bears past the Black Knights.

Central Washington vs. Utah

The Wildcats will have the opportunity to try and knock off Cal thanks to their 58-5 win over Utah in Salt Lake City. The match was tense for the first quarter with Utah even gaining a 15-12 man advantage as Central Washington had a three players sent to the bin. However, Central Washington kept coming and took a 26-0 lead into halftime. In the second half they scored another 26 straight points before Utah pulled back a try at the end. Despite the loss Utah's season will continue as they move to the DI-A playoffs next week.

BYU vs. Dartmouth

Dartmouth were hoping to pull off another upset like the one they pulled off against Penn State last weekend as they hosted BYU. In the end the Cougars showed why they are considered the best team in college rugby in a 75-15 win. BYU ran out to a 34-0 lead before a Dartmouth intercept try made it 34-7 at halftime. In the second half BYU would score 51 points to run away with the match. Dartmouth would get a try and a penalty.

Arkansas State vs. Navy

Arkansas State beat Navy 31-24 to round out the semi-finals in a match that saw runs by both teams. Two tries from Kuda Makuvire gave the Red Wolves a 14-0 lead with 25 minutes played. Zac Young would extend the lead to 21-0 a few minutes later and then a penalty would make it 24-0. Navy would grab a try back before Young scored his second of the day. With the score at 31-7 Arkansas State looked in control. However, a run from Navy that saw them score two tries put them within seven with about ten minutes to go. The Red Wolves were able to hold on for the win.


  1. I'm going to back CWU to beat Cal. I still don't think it matters though as no one is going to beat BYU.

    1. My feelings exactly. I have really been impressed with CWU this year. I think they are underrated at #6. This might be the first year since 2003 that Cal is eliminated before the final round. 2012 doesn't count since they were not participating in protest of USAR's mismanagement.

      BYU is so strong this year that nobody is going to beat them -- especially on their home field.