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In the first CRC played in the Columbus, Ohio, MLS stadium in 2010 there were often more players on the field than fans in the stands. The decision was made to move it to Philadelphia for 2011 inside the MLS Union stadium located in Chester, Pennsylvania.
The 2010 play among the sixteen-colleges demonstrated an unskilled and unschooled knowledge of the fine art of sevens. Only the dramatic, sudden death finale between Utah over California demonstrated the skill level of top-quality sevens play.
When the matches started in 2011, one new entry into the event surprised the crowd with their savvy attack and defensive formations. The school was unheralded Dartmouth. The Big Green rolled into the quarterfinals.
Utah met Cal in the quarters, and again, defeated the Golden Bears to advance into the semis. Here, they were defeated by Army. 12-7. Dartmouth won their quarterfinal game 12-7 against Penn State. Then, recorded a semifinal victory against Central Washington 24-12.
Dartmouth and Army met in the Cup final with the Ivy League side winning decisively 32-10.
The second CRC introduced the Dartmouth coach, Alex Magleby to the American rugby community. He was a former Eagle in both fifteens and sevens and returned to his alma mater as coach.
What impressed all who saw the CRC of 2011 was the discipline of the Dartmouth squad. They players were average in height and weight. They played cohesively with a fine understanding of the pace that sevens requires.
Magleby’ s debut was viewed as a fluke by some. But in the 2012 CRC, Dartmouth prevailed for their second win, including a 21-18 quarterfinal victory over Cal.
Magleby eventually became the Eagles 7s coach, and after handing over the team to Mike Friday, remained as a Director of Development. The current success of the USA Men’s sevens side can be traced to these two men.
The 2011 event also witnessed the first appearance of Women’s sides, with Army beating Penn State 14-5 to win the inaugural CRC Women’s Cup.