Monday, May 22, 2017

Lindenwood Beat St. Mary's For College 7s Title

The Lindenwood Lions are the College 7s National champions after beating St. Mary's 26-5. Both Lindenwood and St. Mary's were dominant on the weekend and it was not surprising to see either of them in the final. The final was close but in the end the Lions were simply better at taking advantage of the small moments to pick up the win.

Wesley White put the Lions up first with a quick try. Each team settled in after the try and from a set play following a penalty Aaron Matthews played give and go with a teammate to bring the score to 7-5. Christian Rodriguez would score a try not long before the half to bring the score to 12-5 at the break.

Overall the first half was a tight affair with each team having their opportunities. The second half would continue to be tight before a spectacular play from Lindenwood changed the match. After St. Mary's had recovered their own kick they looked away but a miraculous intercept from Lindenwood set up a Mike Baska try to push the game open at 19-5.

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Still down just two tries St. Mar's had the opportunity to get back in the match but they couldn't break down the Lindenwood defense. Lindenwood scored a final try from Sam Chapman with about four minutes to go to seal the win.

The several try win for Lindenwood wasn't only the surprise scoreline of the day. Both St. Mary's and Lindenwood registered big wins in their semi-final matches. St. Mary's crushed Davenport 40-12 while Lindenwood beat Utah 33-0.  Davenport did finish the day on a high note as they beat Utah 22-12 for third place.

In other placings Bowling Green went home with the Plate after beating Grand Canyon 21-19. Grand Canyon actually tied the match very late but couldn't make the conversion to send it to extra time. Bowling Green beat Ohio State 27-17 and Grand Canyon beat Florida International 31-7 in the Plate semi-finals.

Arkansas took the Bowl 21-17 over Texas A&M and Santa Clara beat James Madison 31-17 for the Shield. 

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