Chula Vista, CA - The first round of the Women's National All Star 7s Championship has concluded. The Pool A results were more predictable than Pool B, which produced some surprises.
Defending champions Mid-Atlantic kicked off the women's competition and shut out Southern California 24-0. Ida Bernstein led the charge on tries scored with two, while recently capped 15s Eagle Sam Pankey also dotted down. Captain Beth Black added a five-pointer and two conversions.
Southern California brought a very mixed squad experience wise, ranging from senior Eagles to high schoolers. The Griffins began with arguably their most difficult competition all day, so expect their play to improve over the next two matches.
In the other pool A match, the Pacific Coast bettered the Midwest 19-10. A two-try performance from Eagle Nathalie Marchino, and another nine points from Club 7s MVP Kelly Griffin (try and two conversions) gave the Grizzlies just enough room to seal the win.
Pool B followed and the most heated match of the round followed. The Northeast went into the competition as the heavy favorite in its group, sporting a number of 7s veterans and some exciting new talent. But it shouldn't have been much a surprise that the USA Developmental team was going to give them a good game, with names like Owsiany, Lorenz, Rozier, Lundstrum and McGrady.
The teams went head to head, and each scored two tries apiece, with Phaidra Knight and Kath Ryan accounting for the Northeast's, and Kimber Rozier and Bex Siebach dotting down the USA's. But Rozier's conversion made all the difference, and the USA Developmental held onto a 12-10 win.
Equally as impressive, the West nearly doubled last year's finalist, South, to a 29-15 win. Rachel Muir led with two tries, while Sarah Wilson, Jen Nelson and Deanna McGillivray added five-pointers. Nelson and Sara Edwards each slotted a conversion.
The South displayed some nice open-field movements, seeing Danielle O'Mahoney, Jessica Peterson and Lindsay Stephenson into the try zone, but coach Mike May said the younger players learned an important lessons about urgency and playing ahead of the game. It's a lesson they'll have to put into practice if the Panthers want to challenge the USA Dev. in the next round.
Mid-Atlantic 24-0 Southern California
Pacific Coast 19-10 Midwest
USA Developmental 12-10 Northeast
West 29-15 South