The USA U20s kept up their winning ways in the Women's National Collegiate All-Star Championships Friday. The U20s won Tier B in 2009 and 2010, and after winning for the second time in a row, opted to accept promotion to Tier A for 2011.
Any concerns about the team asking too much of themselves were dispelled as the U20s defeated the Northeast 24-5, to notch their 5th straight victory in the Collegiate/U23 All-Star competition. Katie Johnson led her squad to a 19-0 lead and held on against a tough NRU side. University of Wisconsin standout Brittany Houston scored 13 points for the Thunderbirds. Meanwhile, the Midwest ran out to a 20-point lead and held off a stern West comeback to make the Tier A NCASC final.
The West and Northeast will play for the right to stay in Tier A.
Tries: Houston 2, Klump, Sjekcocha, Johnson, Nelson
Tries: Ryan, Fortkort 2
USA U20s 24
Tries: Johnson, Bizar, Sandifer, HOvde
Convs: Bizar 2
In Tier B, capped 7s player Katie Lorenz put the South up 5-0 with a try and then brought the Panthers back from a 12-10 deficit to beat the Mid-Atlantic 17-12. Meanwhile the Pacific Coast, led by 21 points from Jen Sever (three tries and three conversions) blew away Southern California.
PCRFU will play the South for the Tier B title and promotion to Tier A, while Mid-Atlantic will take on Southern California for 7th.
Tries: Lorenz 2, Carlyle
Tries: Byrne, Doriston
Pacific Coast 48
Tries: Sever 3, Lockwood, Freund, Parker, Gibson
Convs: Sever 3, Wooley
USA U20s 24-5 Northeast
Midwest 33-17 West
Pacific Coast 48-0 SoCal
South 17-12 Mid-Atlantic