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Saturday, June 4, 2016

Seattle Saracens Repeat As Women's DI Champions


The Seattle Saracens are repeat women's DI champions after defeating Chicago North Shore 36-19. The match was closer than the final score let on with Seattle scoring some late points but overall the Saracens were the better team on the day as they took advantage of their chances and came up with big scores in big moments. Now with two titles in convincing fashion there is no question that the Saracens have a claim as the top team in the country.

It was though before the match that Chicago would try to come in and take points early and often whenever they could get them. Instead, it was Seattle that would employ that strategy as Carly MacKinnon hit three early penalties to give Seattle a 9-0 lead with 15 minutes played. Not only did they put points up on the board but they put Chicago North Shore under enough pressure that they came close to getting a card.

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Credit to North Shore who stayed patient and worked their way back into the match. Finding themselves near the line they used their forwards to rumble over the line and see prop Kadie Sanford scored the match's first try. With the conversion the score as 9-7 to Seattle.

But just as they had done all match Seattle came right back to push near the line themselves. That pressure eventually caught up with Chicago as they saw Alex Borowsky sent to the bin for repeat infringements. With the woman advantage Seattle used their set play to get the ball to Rose Baker who scored to make the score 14-7.

Chicago had an opportunity to put more points on the board with a penalty but they were off and instead it was Kristine Sommer that would score a try for Seattle. Naima Reddick did well to initially punch through the defense and then after a few phases the ball went to Ashley Kmiecik who made a nifty offload to Sommer for the try. At the half Seattle led 19-7.

Kelsi Stockert, who came on as a second half sub put Seattle in the drivers seat once again as she scored off a big run to push Seattle's lead to 26-7. Chicago rebounded using their forwards once again saw Sanford score her second try of the match. They then made it interesting with ten minutes to go when using their own pressure they found Kelsey Reed for the try. Suddenly they were down only 26-19. However, another try from Stockert, thanks to another great offload from Kmiecik, gave Seattle the cushion they would need for the win.

Seattle Saracens

Tries: Baker, Sommer, Stockert (2)
Conversions: MacKinnon (2)
Penalties: MacKinnon (4)

Chicago North Shore

Tries: Sanford (2), Reed
Conversions: Whittinghill (2)

DII

In the DII championship Life West did what they have done all season to beat Wisconsin 66-12. Life West ran out to a strong early start with tries from Angelina Lomu and Catie Benson (twice). That 17-0 lead would have been enough to last them the rest of the match but they weren't finished. Ashley Shaw was able to rebound for Wisconsin to make it 17-7 but then tries from Lomu, Megan Foster, Cameo Motley, Megan Pinson, and Benson again pushed the score to 44-7 at the break. Emily Mastrandrea scored first in the second half to give Wisconsin another try. Lomu for a third time, Jennifer Sever (twice), and Lauren Kenyon finished off the match with tries.  

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