Steuber Rugby Stadium – Sunday November 16, 2014
Stanford hosted a Collegiate Women’s 7’s Qualifier Sunday, a qualifier for an automatic and at-large births to USA Rugby’s 7’s Collegiate National Championship. The competitive field included Cal, Oregon State, Santa Clara, Chico State, UC Davis and Stanford. Stanford looked very strong in their first two pool play matches, defeating Santa Clara to start 41-5, then beating Cal 24-12. In their final pool play match, Stanford lacked intensity to start the game, and quickly fell to a 19-5 deficit. Stanford was able to stem the tide and reverse momentum, rallying off two quick tries to narrow the deficit to 17-19, but Stanford was unable to get one more score, and eventually lost the game. Stanford would finish 3rd overall in pool play and face Cal, 2nd place overall in pool play, for their semi final match. Stanford was unable to find the form found in their earlier Cal match, and this time it was the Bears emerging victorious with a 22-7 victory. This sent Stanford to the 3rd place game, a re-match with Chico State. This time, it would be Stanford’s turn to reverse earlier fortunes, picking apart the Wildcats 29-7. After finishing in 3rd place (3-2 Record Overall), Stanford will apply for an at-large bid to USA Rugby’s 7’s National Championships. Last year Stanford finished 7th at Nationals, and the previous year finished 13th.
Steuber Rugby Stadium – Saturday November 9, 2014
Stanford took the field for their first intercollegiate 15’s match of the year with a pre-season contest versus a big and physical Nevada Reno team. As a pre-season affair, the game was untraditionally broken up into three 30-minute periods. In the first period, Stanford was accurate and convincing, with strong tackling and ball movement leading to four tries from, one each from Chelsey Sveinsson, Kleo Greenwood, Sarah Houamed, and Dani McDonald. Nikki Richardson converted 3 of the 4 for a 26-0 lead. In the second period, Stanford would again have the run of play, this time with two tries, one each from Justice Echols and Julia Howell. In the third period, many younger and inexperienced players accurately demonstrated their improvements in training by putting up another four tries, this time from Emma Hardimon, Olivia Bernadel-Huey, Maki Asrat, and another from Greenwood. Reno was able to cross the line in the final minute, for a final score of Stanford 64-Reno 5.
Steuber Rugby Stadium
Stanford entered two teams into the top bracket of a 7’s Round Robin the Cardinal hosted Sunday with Chico State and Cal. Stanford Black was able to defeat both Chico State and Cal, while Stanford Red came up just short against the crosstown rival Bears, while defeating Chico State convincingly. In the final match between the two Stanford teams, a notable comeback by the Stanford Red team tied the game at the death for an appropriate 17-17 tie. Stanford’s 7’s season will now focus on the Stanford Women’s Collegiate 7’s Qualifier November 16th at Stanford.