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 will play Lindenwood this Friday May 4 2018, setting the stage for two sisters to meet in an epic battle for a trip to the Final on Saturday May 5. Janette Taufa, BYU Center, and the Cougars, will take on Joyce Taufa (Lindenwood Flanker), and Lindenwood in the second DI Elite semifinal at 4.30pm PT. The game will be streamed live on site.

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3 p.m. Penn State vs. Life

4:30 p.m. Lindenwood vs. BYU


12 p.m. Central Florida vs. UC Davis

1:30 p.m. Chico State vs. Virginia


10:30 a.m. DII Spring Championship: Final

12:30 p.m. DII Spring Championship: 3rd

2 p.m. DI Spring Championship: 3rd

3:30 p.m. DI Elite National Championship: 3rd

5:45 p.m. DI Elite National Championship: Final