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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Semi-finals Set At College 7s Nationals

Davenport, St. Mary's, Arizona State and AIC will play for the men's DI championship tomorrow after surviving pool play and the quarterfinals against some top teams. Due to an incoming tropical storm the matches will be played early in the morning in order to ensure that all championship matches will be played. It's possible that some of the lower round matches may not be played at all. The Cup semi-finals are scheduled for 8:00 and 8:20 a.m. et with the final at 10:40 a.m. et.

Men's DI

Quarterfinals

The quarterfinals featured some very tasty match-ups, including Central Washington against AIC. This was a match that many had their eye on as a potential match-up prior to the tournament and it delivered. It was hard fought but in the end AIC emerged 15-0 winners. They will play Arizona State in the semi-finals. The Sun Devils have had a very strong tournament so far going unbeaten in pool play and then knocking off also unbeaten Lindenwood 24-0 in the quarterfinals. The other semi-final will feature Davenport against St. Mary's. Davenport beat West Virginia while St. Mary's had to outlast a good Notre Dame College side 21-17.

Take the jump to read more.

Pool Play

Pool play went pretty much as expected with the top teams separating themselves. In Pool A, Central Washington finished first with a perfect 3-0 record while New England College finished second with only a loss to CWU. Lindenwood was tops in Pool B followed by Cal Poly. St. Mary's topped Pool C while AIC won Pool D. Pool E went to Davenport with Pool F going to Arizona State. Notre Dame College also made the cut as one of the top two second place teams along with West Virginia.

Men's DII

It was a similar story in pool play for Men's DII. UW-Whitewater, a tradition power, easily topped Pool A while UMD won Pool B. Pool C went to Pat Clifton's Lindenwood-Belleville while Pool D went to Salisbury. Rounding out the quarterfinals were Salve Regina, St. Louis, Principia, Minnesota-Duluth, and UT-San Antonio.

In the quarterfinals UW-Whitewater beat Pincipia 27-17, Lindenwood-Belleville beat Salve Regina 31-5, St. Louis beat Salisbury 19-12, and Minnesota-Duluth beat UT-San Antonio 15-5.

Women's DI

Women's DI saw plenty of lopsided scores in pool play. Penn State, Life, and Lindenwood all won their pools with Central Washington, Stanford, and UC-Davis finishing as runners-up. Also making the quarterfinals were James Madison and Virginia.

In the quarterfinals Life easily handled Virginia 41-5, Penn State survived a tough scare against James Madison 26-17, Lindenwood beat UC-Davis 17-5 and in one of the most narrow results of the day Stanford edged Central Washington 21-19.

Women's DII

In women's DII Davenport, Bloomington, and Rutgers topped their pools. The finals will be handed tomorrow.


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