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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 College21-7Colorado
James Madison42-0UNLV
Air Force38-7Colgate
AIC57-0Ithaca 2
Miami of Ohio12 10Colorado State
Lindenwoo-Belleville29-7Dixie State
Notre Dame College43-10UNLV
James Madison29-10Colorado
Air Force33-14Citadel
Delaware5 12Colgate
AIC31-0Colorado State
Miami of Ohio31-12Ithaca 2
NEC0-14Dixie State
Notre Dame College33-17James Madison
Colorado 52-7UNLV
Air Force14-21Delaware
AIC31-5Miami of Ohio
Ithaca 2Dec-38Colorado State
St. Joes26-24Millersville
St. Joes12 31Harvard
fft0-14St. Joes