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Life, after nearly falling to Penn State in the day’s first game, found their sea legs against Temple and beat the home team 33-7.

The Running Eagles first got on the board with a Joe Cowley try. He cut against the grain of the Temple defense, beating an Owl to his inside shoulder for the try.

Glen Maricelli scored shortly thereafter on a penalty play. The hooker was stationed on the wing, and the Running Eagles switched field quickly to get him the ball with space for the score.

Maricelli scored his second try just shy of halftime after the Eagles were held up once, knocked on in goal once and stymied once. His try, converted, gave Life a 21-0 lead at intermission.   

Chase Haberstroh salvaged some pride fro the Owls, picking up a Life turnover and taking it to pay dirt. The conversion was made, pulling the home team to within a pair of converted scores.

Life’s Darrian Woodson then erased any thought of a Temple comeback when he split two Owl defenders, leaving them on the ground, and outran another to extend the Life lead to 28-7 with two-and-a-half minutes to play.

Paul Bester bullied his way over off of a short-range pick-and-go for one more Life score at the death. The win improves Life to 2-0 and drops Temple to 0-2.

Life 33
Tries: Cowley, Maricelli (2), Woodson, Bester
Cons: Cariaga (2), Cowley, Miller

Temple 7
Tries: Haberstroh
Cons: O’Brien

Big Ten rivals Wisconsin and Penn State squared off in the next Pool A game.

Wisconsin scored the first long-range try. Zachary Arostegui squirted through Penn State’s defense and was just fast enough to dot down.

Penn State’s Chris Saint rebutted with a 40-meter score off of a scrum. Wisconsin made its conversion, while the Nittany Lions didn’t, leaving Penn State down two.

Wisconsin’s Jordan Heginbottom made a long break to Penn State’s 22 on the Badgers’ next possession, but he was caught and appeared to have lost the ball in contact. However, it popped out the back of the Penn State scrum and an alert Joel Cohen scooped it up and scored to extend the lead to 12-5 at halftime.

The Badgers struck first in the second half, too. They got possession following a Daniel Metcalf knock on and were awarded a penalty in the Penn State half. Cohen took a tight line off of the tap and raced for the score, making it 19-5.

Penn State went back on the offensive with good pressure defense that forced Wisconsin to clear the ball into touch inside the Badgers’ own 22.

Gabriel Free scored a try off of the lineout, but the conversion was missed, leaving the Nittany Lions down two scores at 19-15. Penn State scored with time on the clock and got to kickoff, but couldn’t make anything of it.

Wisconsin bolstered its chances at a spot in the Cup quarterfinals with the win, improving to 1-0-1, while Penn State, 0-2, will likely find itself playing for the consolation trophy on Sunday.  

Wisconsin 19

Tries: Arostegui, Cohen (2)
Cons: Heginbottom (2)

Penn State 15
Tries: Saint, Free, Keenan