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Boston College defeated Maryland 21-17 with a last minute score to take home the ACRL 7s title. With the second place finish, however, the Terps earned a berth in the 2016 Penn Mutual CRC tournament in June.
Boston College, Virginia Tech and Clemson all received invitations to participate in the CRC and were placed in one group of the seven teams total. The other group featured Virginia, Maryland, NC State and UNC.
Maryland hammered all three teams in route to the cup quarters, earning a bye for its efforts. Boston College won the other pool, with Clemson and the Hokies finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively. All four of these teams would reach semifinals, effectively guaranteeing Maryland a spot in the CRC.
The three CRC invitees did not overmatch the Terps, however. Maryland knocked off a tough Virginia Tech side 12-5 in cup quarters for what was very much a revenge victory. Last year the Terps fell to Virginia Tech in overtime in the semifinals and missed out on a chance to return to the CRC.
“It was bitter sweet after last year. Last year we expected to return… and it was just gut wrenching,” Terps coach Jeff Soeken said of the loss to the Hokies. “This year getting a little revenge against Tech sort of fueled our little formula for the spring.”
Maryland gave Boston College a run for its money in the finals. The terps led 17-14 with a minute remaining but the Eagles exploited a yellow card shortened Maryland side to take home the victory late.
Maryland returns to the CRC after a one-year hiatus. The Terps went 2-1 in pool play, in 2014, finished second in their pool, but narrowly missed out on the cup rounds. Maryland went on to win the plate final finishing 9th overall.
Hoping to get back to the CRC after missing out last year, Maryland focused primarily on 7s this spring. Hosting a number of captains practices and 7s specific training sessions, the Terps developed a strong 7s game.
“We tried to get the skills up over the course of a few months so that by the time we got to this calendar date we are actually playing 7s and not just going out there and running around like a lot of college teams do,” Soeken added.
The hard work paid off for Maryland. The squad will return to Philadelphia in June for another go at the Collegiate Rugby Championship.
|Cup Final||Boston College||21-17||Maryland|
|5th/6th||N.C. State||12 10||Virginia|
|Cup SF||Boston College||29-12||Clemson|
|Cup SF||Maryland||12 5||Virginia Tech|
|Cup QF||Clemson||27-10||N.C. State|
|Cup QF||Virginia Tech||38-5||Virginia|
|Cup QF||Boston College||43-0||North Carolina|
|Pool A||Maryland||34-10||North Carolina|
|Pool A||Virginia||19-17||N.C. State|
|Pool B||Boston College||19-5||Virginia Tech|
|Pool A||N.C. State||21-10||North Carolina|
|Pool B||Boston College||26-22||Clemson|
|Pool A||Maryland||34-0||N.C. State|
|Pool A||Virginia||24-14||North Carolina|
|Pool B||Clemson||21-14||Virginia Tech|