USA Rugby

BYU Advances to DI Elite Semifinal

Janette Taufa, BYU Women's Rugby 2018

Fullerton CA - Cougar Rugby News - Tuesday May 1, 2018

Women's D1 Elite/D1: April 20 - 22, 2018

The women's top tier of collegiate rugby has a rather unusual structure. D1 Elite and D1 compete against each other in the Round of 16 and quarterfinals and do not get separated until the results of the quarter finals. The winners of the quarter finals advance to the D1 Elite Semifinals while the losers compete against each other in the D1 semifinals.

The first quarterfinal was between Penn State against Virginia, Penn State advanced after beating JMU, and Virginia earned their place by putting North Carolina away. In what was the closest of the semis, Penn State advanced shutting Virginia out 57-0.

The second quarterfinal was between Life and UCF. Life advanced via disposing of Pitt and UCF had to get by Virginia Tech to book their spot in the quarters. Life took care of business, notching up triple digits in the process. The final score was 100-0.

The third saw BYU come up against UC Davis. BYU had prevailed against Arizona State the day before, while UC Davis put away Grand Canyon to book their spot in the next round. It was another one-sided affair as BYU showed their class and advanced to the D1 Elite semis courtesy of a 92-0 score line.

The final game to determine who would be placed in the Elite bracket and who would be in D1's bracket came down to Lindenwood and Chico State. Lindenwood saw off Stanford, while Chico State pushed their way through UC Santa Barbra to advance. The match went to Lindenwood in a 71-0 affair.

USA Rugby has released the semifinal match-ups and kickoff times (PDT) for the college championships occurring at Cal State Fullerton's Titan Stadium, California.

BYU Holds Off UNM

Saturday February 24, 2018 - 1pm MST - Cougar Rugby News

Provo, UT - BYU visited UNM Lobos Saturday at Balloon Fiesta Park, Albuquerque NM. The sun was up, but with freezing temparature below 30 degrees farenheit, and a strong gust wind - it was no easy feat for both teams.

BYU Cougars started off with some early possession with the forwards trying to establish themselves. Cougars moved the ball out wide, and put Maya Wood in the corner, only to be called back for a forward pass. BYU did not let off from that early mistake, and attacked the defense with determination. Wood again scored by conversion by Kai Ah Quinn sailed wide.

With good ball from the forwards, the backs put Alisa Baker in the clear with a try under the post. Ah Quinn converts.

Ah Quinn featured in the next piece of play when she chip kicks over the defense and regathers the ball to score under the post. She converted own try to make it 19 - 0.

UNM attacked from that point and went all the way to BYU 5m line. As the pressure mounted, BYU had trouble violating the offside line, but the defense held on with some terrific tackling. UNM held onto the ball - phase after phase, but found themselves marching backwards, and minutes later, they were back on their own UNM 22m line, still holding onto possession. The Cougars defense stood strong from that point onwards.

BYU took over from there with a try scoring spree to Ruby Shreeve, Elle peterson (2), Grace Taito. BYU enjoyed the half time lead of 43 - 0.

BYU didn't let up from that point in the game. BYU added more points through tries to #9 Brooklyn Grange, #11 Maya Wood, Alisa Baker again, Elle Peterson with wing substitute Emily McFadyen, coming in for Maya Wood, taking over kick conversion duties.