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Day one of the CRC qualifier at the Las Vegas Invitational is in the books and eight teams have advanced to the cup rounds. Five group winners went undefeated Thursday and three two and one teams made their way into contention.
AIC cruised through pool A, crushing everyone in its path. The Yellow Jackets were plus 114 on the day and only yielded five points. The New England school looked dominant in the air and on the attack and earned the top spot in the cup quarters.
In what is likely the most surprising outcome of the tournament, Harvard won its group with a 3-0 record. The Crimson Tide ran rough shot over last year’s final four participant St. Joes, and overcame a double-digit second half deficit to Millersville to advance to the cup rounds.
“We were pretty confident coming into today. The lads have been training for a good while. We were really happy with where the fitness has been… We have really good confidence in ourselves, we moved the ball well in hands, are very patient with it. It is a testament to the coaches and the work we have been putting in the past few weeks,” said Harvard captain Brian Cornyn.
Led by Ben Martin, Lindenwood-Belleville looked strong in its 3-0 day. The new Varsity program beat Dixie State and Ithaca College handily to earn the 3rd overall seed.
Utah stymied Pitt and overcame a tough Northeastern side to win its group. The Utes finished 4th overall and will take on Harvard tomorrow in the cup quarters. One of the strongest looking teams on the afternoon was Notre Dame College. The combination of power and speed led the Falcons to an undefeated pool play record. The final game of the pool play saw them match up with rival James Madison and the match did not disappoint. Both teams came into the match undefeated and ultimately NDC pulled away for a 33-17 victory. James Madison, however, advanced to the cup rounds as one of two-second place finishers.
“The guys have really been putting into play what we have been practicing. The discipline is there…,” NDC 7s coach Luke Markovich told Rugby Today. “There is not one individual standout. There is guys playing together and those guys in the try scoring roles are putting in the tries.”
The final group of pool play saw three teams go 2-1. Colgate shocked Delaware but a lopsided loss to Air Force knocked the Red Raiders out of cup contention. Delaware avenged the loss to Colgate with a 21-14 victory over the Zoomies and as a result both teams advanced to the cup rounds.
The cup quarterfinals are tomorrow morning and the matchups are as follows.
AIC vs Delaware
NDC vs Air Force
Belleville vs JMU
Utah vs Harvard
|Notre Dame College||21-7||Colorado|
|Miami of Ohio||12 10||Colorado State|
|Notre Dame College||43-10||UNLV|
|Miami of Ohio||31-12||Ithaca 2|
|Notre Dame College||33-17||James Madison|
|AIC||31-5||Miami of Ohio|
|Ithaca 2||Dec-38||Colorado State|
|St. Joes||12 31||Harvard|