They are better, much better, than they were. Several players continue to
improve. Kelly Griffin’s play, especially her cover tackles and grit, have
taken a step up. Vanesha McGee seems just more imposing, certainly
stronger. Her aggressiveness is a big part of why the USA finished the
Amsterdam 7s 4-1-1 and second behind Canada.
Deven Owsiany’s work rate is increasing, and she... Read More
The USA women did just enough to win their playoff pool and gain a place in
the final of the Amsterdam Women's 7s, the last stop on the IRB's Women's
Challenge Cup tour.
After pool play, where the USA went 3-0, teams were re-seeded into two
playoff pools of three teams. The Eagles edged Australia 15-14 in a tense
game, and then came back from a 12-0 deficit with tries from Kaelene... Read More
The USA women’s team enjoyed a very successful Day One at the Amsterdam 7s,
defeating England, South Africa and Wales to top Pool 1 at the final stop
on the unofficial international circuit.
The Eagles beat South Africa 26-5 and slammed Wales 47-5. The big scalp was
England, the team that currently holds the International Women’s Challenge
trophy. The USA won 12-7 in that game to... Read More
After the USA lost to Australia 22-5 Saturday in the London Women’s 7s
Challenge Cup, Head Coach Ric Suggitt said to Australia’s coach, “I’d like
to have ten of these games.”
His opposite, Chris Lane, said, “same here.”
Well they get their wish, as the two teams will face off in the
quarterfinals Sunday (the... Read More
Australia and the USA battled close in Round 3 of the London Women 7s, but
the defending World Cup champs ran away with it late 22-5.
The Aussies scored two early tries, but Vanesha McGee got one back just
before the end of the first to bring the Eagles within a try. But they
couldn't get any closer.
After playing superbly against China this was a blow for the USA as it... Read More
The Women Eagles rebounded from an opening loss to France with a massive
50-0 defeat of China in their second London 7s pool match.
The USA ran in eight tries and slotted five conversions to take the
impressive win. Kelly Griffin, Vanesha McGee, Jillion Potter and Natalie
Marchino dotted down in the first half, and Bui Barivilala nailed three
conversions, for a 26-0 halftime... Read More
Women Eagles opened London 7s with a 12-7 loss to France Saturday.
Jillion Potter put USA on the board first with a converted try
following big carries from Vanesha McGee and Natalie Marchino, but France
leveled the table before halftime making it 7-7 at intermission. The French
recorded the lone score in the second half for the win.
The Eagles try to bounce back... Read More
Washington State University, the 2010 DII women's champions, will return to
the national semis after beating Wyoming 34-7 Sunday at Stanford
University's Steuber Stadium.
WSU was led once again by their outstanding threequarter combo of Alexis
and Megan Bonny. Megan played center on Saturday and moved to fullback
against Wyoming, while Alexis patrolled flyhalf. Alexis scored... Read More
Norwich University and Shippensburg are both into the women’s DII college
semifinals after victories Sunday.
Norwich, which got a bye on Saturday because Rutgers couldn’t overcome
financial and injury issues to make the trip from New Brunswick, NJ to
Princeton, finally got to play Sunday, taking on a Vassar squad that had
taken apart American International College the day before... Read More
Women's Cougar Rugby (BYU) dominated Northern Iowa on their way to a 44-0
victory and a place in the national women's DI college semifinals.
WCR's bracket played Friday and Saturday so as not to have the BYU students
play on Sunday. It seemed that just about any day, the Utah team was going
to play well.
"I was especially pleased with our defense," said Head Coach Tom Waqa. "It... Read More