After two rounds of the Women’s College 7s Championship, six teams remain undefeated. Teams are starting to settle into their 7s games, resulting in some bigger scores this time around.
Leading the charge is Norwich, which posted a 38-0 over Ohio State to take firm control of Pool A. Joya Clark’s four tries (photo right, courtesy of Dennis Hawk) has propelled her to the top of the tournament’s scoring list, while Vanessa Champagne dotted down in her second consecutive match. Last year’s MVP, Rose Bernheim, also scored, and Emily Baugus and Hannah Bell added two conversions apiece.
All that remains is Stanford, which dropped its opener to Ohio State but rebounded with a 26-5 victory over Sam Houston State. Speedy wing Smriti Sridhar led all point scorers with two tries, making it three on the day.
Pool B was the most exciting of the day, as both victories occurred after a massive momentum change at half. Colorado was too big and strong for Navy’s defense in the first half, and the Midshipmen’s sub-par tackling allowed Lindsay Wiebold streak into the try zone on three occasions. Navy regrouped at the break and were able to keep the ball in hand – specifically Taylor Lovelace’s hands, who scored three times. With Erika Pedersen’s boot padding the lead, Navy took off to a 31-17 victory.
Northern Iowa seemed to have the same advantage over Harvard. Probably the most physically intimidating team, UNI was able to overwhelm Harvard in close and out wide, despite their size. Harvard didn’t flinch at the 17-0 deficit at half, which came at the hands of try scorers Karlee West, Angie McCardle and Crystal Nye. Instead, they relied on their speed out wide as CJ Jaramillo (2) and Xanni Brown dotted down, and Brown slotted those ever-important three conversions.
The only other close match occurred between Oregon State and James Madison. Hannah Lockwood led the way with her second and third tries of the tournament, helping establish an OSU lead that James Madison threatened late in the second half. OSU did well to stifle JMU’s fight, holding onto a 19-12 win.
Princeton topped Texas Tech 37-0, as Lauren Rhode and Morgan Arthur each scored two tries. Cal saw five different plays dot down in their 27-0 victory Oklahoma. Julia Fortkort led all scorers with 12 points on two tries and a conversion to help Texas 29-5 over Boston College.