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Championship Match: Dartmouth 24, Arizona 5

June 3, 2012 1 comment

2012 College Rugby Sevens Champions, Dartmouth. Photo: Kevin McGuire

Dartmouth did it again! Last year the Ivy League rugby sevens team made a bit of a surprise run to a championship, but this year was a different story. Dartmouth completed an undefeated run through the Collegiate Rugby Championships this weekend, capping their run with a second straight championship celebration after defeating Arizona, 24-5.

With a man down on the field being tended to with an injury, it may have only been a matter of time before Dartmouth could take advantage. At the five-minute mark, Dartmouth’s Kevin Clark worked his way in to the end for a try, and Derek Fish kicked the conversion for a 7-0 lead. The defending champs extended their lead to 14-0 with a Will Mueller try and another Fish conversion. From there Dartmouth was in full control. A late first half try by Will Mueller pushed the lead to 19-0 and left Arizona in need of catching their breath and figuring out what went wrong. Before the half, Brett Thompson put the Wildcats on the board, in hopes things could still be salvaged in the second half, down 19-5.

The second half saw smothering defense, keeping Arizona far from threatening the entire remainder of the game, and Dartmouth adding a bit of insurance with a Will Lehmann try at the 15-minute mark to put a cherry on top of Dartmouth’s Sunday.

Collegiate Rugby Championship Results

Dartmouth

Match 3: Dartmouth 31, Delaware 5
Match 11: Dartmouth 31, Maryland 7
Match 18: Dartmouth 28, Florida 0

Championship Quarter: Dartmouth 35, Wisconsin 5
Championship Semi: Dartmouth 21, Cal 19

Championship Match: Dartmouth 24, Arizona 5

Arizona

Match 5: Arizona 31, Oklahoma 12
Match 13: Arizona 33, Texas 7
Match 21: Arizona 38, N.C. State 0 

Championship Quarter: Arizona 26, Navy 5
Championship Semi: Arizona 19, LIFE 12
Championship Match: Dartmouth 24, Arizona 5

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Championship Bracket Semi Finals: Arizona 19, LIFE 12

June 3, 2012 2 comments

They say in football that defense wins championships. Perhaps the same may hold true in rugby as well. LIFE and Arizona, who had shown some high-powered offense this weekend, played a tight first half, with Arizona taking a 7-5 lead in to the half.

In the second half though, Arizona picked up the scoring with Jack Arnold and Peter Tiberio getting the scoring going, helping Arizona open a 19-5 lead. LIFE’s Darien Woodson giving LIFE a little momentum. A late ally was stalled when the carrier dropped the ball, sealing the match for Arizona as the buzzer had already gone off.

Arizona advances to play the winner of Dartmouth and California in the championship match. LIFE will take on the loser in a consolation match.

Championship Bracket: Arizona 26, Navy 5

June 3, 2012 2 comments

Arizona advanced to the second round of the championship bracket Sunday, defeating Navy 26-5 in the opening round.

After a few minutes of tough defense mostly at midfield, Navy took advantage of the first scoring opportunity of the match when Seamus Siefring pushed in for the try to take a 5-0 lead. Arizona fought back as the game opened up with open field. Brett Thompson put the Wildcats on the board and Peter Tiberio’s conversion gave the Wildcats the lead just before the half.

The Wildcats pulled away in the second half, with Tiberio kicking a pair of conversions following scores by Craig Samoy and Trent Fischer to build a 21-5 lead.

Arizona will play LIFE in the next round.

Match 21: Arizona 38, North Carolina State 0

June 2, 2012 1 comment

Arizona had little trouble in their third match of the day. The Wildcats looked strong all day long and finished their day by turning aside North Carolina State in the final Saturday match for each, 38-0.

For the Wildcats it was more Brett Thompson and Peter Tiberio. Thompson scored twice in the first three minutes of the match, and Tiberio converted three conversions in the first half as Arizona took a 21-0 lead in to the break. It was more than enough, as Arizona continued to pile on in the second half.

Arizona will be the top seed out of Pool C in the championship rounds on Sunday. the Wildcats will face the second seed out of Pool D, either Army or Navy. (to be determined). North Carolina State will continue in the challenger bracket, and will play either Army or Navy in the first round on Sunday.

Match 13: Arizona 33, Texas 7

June 2, 2012 1 comment

The Arizona Wildcats put together their second strong outing of the day. After pounding Oklahoma in the morning, 31-12, the Wildcats continued to show of a solid offense against the Texas Longhorns. Arizona took a 21-0 lead in to the half as they cruised to a 33-7 victory.

Peter Tiberio scored a try and two conversions in the first half and continued to play well in the second half with two more conversions as Arizona pulled away.

Arizona will take on North Carolina State (0-1-0) at 6:00 p.m. Texas will look to rebound against the Oklahoma Sooners at 6:21 p.m. Arizona is likely moving in to the championship round tomorrow, while Texas will need to avoid another loss.

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Match 5: Arizona 31, Oklahoma 12

June 2, 2012 2 comments

Arizona and Oklahoma opened Pool C play, with the Wildcats wasting little time jumping out to a two-score lead of 12-0. Patrick Jones tied the match in the second half for the Sooners, but Arizona’s Peter Tiberio broke the tie with his second try of the match, and made the conversion to put Arizona on top, 19-12, with time winding down. A late turnover by Oklahoma allowed Brett Thompson to run almost uncontested for a late try and conversion to pull away, 26-12. One final try by Arizona in the closing seconds was the final try of the match, with Arizona winning 31-12.

Arizona returns to the pitch at 2:34 to take on Texas in Match 13. Oklahoma will take on North Carolina State in match 14 at 2:57.

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