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CHESTER, Pa. — After not allowing a point in Friday's three pool play games at the 2017 Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship, Life continued that streak in the cup quarterfinals against Navy Saturday with a 38-0 win at Talen Energy Stadium.
"We've just been, the past two weeks, concentrating on our defensive system and using it to attack the other team to turn the ball over," Life coach Rosalind Chou said.
The Running Eagles, the reigning CRC champions, outscored opponents 189-0 Friday in wins over Bloomsburg, Clemson and Indiana.
"We tend to be a smaller team, so (opponents) like to attack the breakdown," Chou said. "And out-physical us. That's something we've also been working on in terms of ball retention and contact."
Chou mentioned that Alex Sedrick is leading the team's poach count in the tournament.
"She gets up on her feet so quickly that she's able to poach the ball or draw a penalty," Chou said.
Lindenwood 26, Kutztown 5
After a tight first half, the Lady Lions pulled away from Kutztown in a quarterfinal Saturday afternoon on Field 1 outside Talen Energy Stadium.
"That's what we expect in a quarterfinal matchup at any national event," Lindenwood coach Billy Nicholas said. "It was really about sticking to our guns and working through our structure. We knew it would pay off for us, it was just a matter of time."
In pool play Friday, Lindenwood finished 3-0 and allowed seven points.
"We're not going to come out here and look to beat any team by 80, 90 points," Nicholas said. "That's not what we're looking to do. That's not how we're going to develop our team. Our biggest thing is we have to come out here, have competitive matches and play 1 through 12."
Kutztown's Aysia Grondahl scored the Golden Bears' only try and has been a consistent threat in attack and defense for Kutztown. The 5-foot-10 Grondahl is a third-year player for Kutztown and plays lock in 15s. Grondahl played 7s in high school for Doylestown (Pa.).
"She's physical at the point of contact — more than anything, she's coachable," Kutztown coach Sean Cobb said. "She just wants to get better. So she just wants to learn and she just wants to ompete. You can't ask for anything more from a player than wanting to be better."
Dartmouth 14, NSCRO All-Stars 7
In the final quarterfinal, Dartmouth faced a resilient NSCRO All-Star team, which is assembled from top NSCRO players from around the country.
"All we really knew is that they were an all-star team, so fast players," Dartmouth's Frankie Sands said. "Knowing that, we worked a lot on our defense. We learned how to defend a team full of just really fast players. To defend them around the outside."
Dartmouth classes are still in session and the players are taking finals during the CRC weekend.
"I'm super proud that they've been able to put that first and still perform so well on the field," Dartmouth coach Katie Dowty said. "It's definitely a challenge, but an advantage we have is that we play 15s in the fall. Solely 7s in the spring. So, we've had all spring to prepare."
Rachel Hand and Becca Jane Rosko each scored a converted try for Dartmouth.
"We definitely knew we were going to have the most exciting quarterfinal of the day — they're a team that came together yesterday," Dowty said of the NSCRO side. "So we knew they were only going to be that much better by day two. I think it was (exciting), I think it was a great game."
Women's Challenge Quarterfinal #1: Notre Dame 27, Indiana 5
Women's Challenge Quarterfinal #2: Temple 21, North Carolina 7
Women's Challenge Quarterfinal #3: Northeastern 22, Drexel 5
Women's Challenge Quarterfinal #4: Delaware 24, Clemson 5
Women's Cup Quarterfinal #1: Life 38, Navy 0
Women's Cup Quarterfinal #2: Penn State 39, Bloomsburg 0
Women's Cup Quarterfinal #3: Lindenwood 26, Kutztown 5
Women's Cup Quarterfinal #4: Dartmouth 14, NSCRO All-Stars 7
Sunday's Cup Semifinals (detail to follow):
Life vs. Dartmouth
Lindenwood vs. Penn State
For a full list of Saturday's fixtures and results, click here.
For a summary of Friday's women's CRC games, click here.