Some surprising results and scores early on in Day Two of the USA Rugby Women's Collegiate 7s Championships.
Two teams that looked dominant in pool play didn't on Saturday. Princeton survived a scare against Oregon State 15-12. And in fact, the Tigers fell behind 12-0, perhaps a little too confident that they could cast aside a Beavers squad that was beaten decisively by Norwich yesterday.
Izzie Hoffman and then Victoria Brown scored first-half tries for Oregon State, with Hannah Lockwood converting to shock Princeton. However, good teams regain the momentum, and Princeton managed to get a try just before halftime by Dorothy Mittow. In the second half, Princeton worked their way closer, making it 12-10 OSU when Devan Kreisberg scored, and then Mittow's second midway through the second half made it 15-12 Princeton.
But Cal could not emerged victorious despite being favored. After looking very strong in Day One, Cal were beaten by a physical Boston College team 14-12. In this case, it was the favored team, Cal, which ran out to an early lead. Laci Patiga and then Marical Quirindongo-Crespo added another, which Quirindongo-Crespo converted for a 12-0 lead at halftime.
And it seemed like Cal had it in the back, as with a minute to go it was still 12-0. But then BC scored through Lily White (converted by White), and second later, just as full time sounded, Mayra Cordoso scored and White's conversion clinched an improbably comeback for BC.
In the other two quarterfinals, the favored teams won easily. Norwich beat Indiana 29-0. Joya Clark scored three tries and Vanessa Champagne two. And Virginia had little trouble with Santa Clara, winning 27-0. Kelly Frank scored two, both in the second half, and Omagbe Obasi, Meredith Nelson, and Leah Berry all touched down for UVa.
That sets up a Princeton v. Norwich semi, while Virginia plays BC.