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Bronze Medal Match: Cal 26, LIFE 7

Cal defeated LIFE for the bronze in the 2012 Collegiate Rugby Championship, by building up a huge lead against the Eagles and never giving LIFE much chance with bruising defense. Cal won the third place match 26-7.

Cal struck twice in the first half, first with Seamus Kelly scoring a try in the second minute, with Paul Bosco adding the conversion, and Connor Ring scoring four minutes later on a try, with Bosco again adding the conversion for a 14-0 lead. The halftime lead was pushed to 21-0 following a controversial call.

Down 26-0 midway through the second half, LIFE finally put a dent on the scoreboard with a try by Cornelius Dirksen and conversion by Joseph Cowley, but it would be too little, too late for the Eagles.

Cal finishes their season with a 20-3 record. Life wraps up their season with a 10-5 record.

Collegiate Rugby Championship Results

Cal

Match 8: Cal 21, Navy 10
Match 20: Cal 29, Notre Dame 0
Match 24: Cal 29, Army 5

Championship Round Quarter: Cal 54, Texas 5
Championship Round Semi: Dartmouth 21, Cal 19
Bronze Medal Match: Cal 26, LIFE 7

Life

Match 1: LIFE 19, Penn State 17
Match 9:  LIFE 33, Temple 7
Match 16: LIFE 36, Wisconsin 12

Championship Round Quarter: LIFE 12, Delaware 5
Championship Round Semi: Arizona 19, LIFE 12
Bronze Medal Match: Cal 26, LIFE 7

Championship Bracket Semi Finals: Dartmouth 21, Cal 19

June 3, 2012 4 comments

The defenses continued to be the story in the championship round semifinals. Dartmouth and California had put up plenty of points this weekend but found themselves on even ground in their semifinal match. Cal took a 12-7 lead in to the half, but Dartmouth used some late scores to pick up the tight 21-19 win, advancing to the championship round with a chance to successfully defend their national championship.

Dartmouth took a lead midway through the first half when Derek Fish made the conversion on Madison Highes’ try, giving the Ivy Leaguers a 7-5 lead, but Ahmed Chehade scored a try at the end of the first half and Alex Aronson picked up the conversion to put the Bears back in front at the break.

Cal and Dartmouth exchanged tries and conversions t open the second half, with Cal holding on to a 19-14 lead midway through the half. A costly midfield turnover by Cal gave Dartmouth a fantastic coring opportunity and after some hard work Dartmouth finally picked up the try in the final minute of the match, to take a 21-19 lead after the conversion of Kevin Clark’s try.

Dartmouth advances to the championship match, where they will face Arizona. Cal will take on LIFE in the consolation match.

Match 24: Cal 24, Army 5

June 2, 2012 1 comment

Two Pac 12 schools clinched top seeds in pool play Saturday. A little more than hour apart, Arizona took the top seed in Pool C and Cal followed up in the final match of the day by grabbing the Pool D top seed. Cal’s 29-5 win against Army puts the Golden Bears in good position for Sunday.

With the winner awarded the top spot, Cal made sure to seize control early on. Connor ring, Bradley Harrington and Ahmed Chehade all scored a try to build a 17-0 lead in seven minutes of play before Army was able to get on the scoreboard. Cal then put the match away with a straight run up the middle by Paul Bosco for another try to give Cal a 24-5 lead following the conversion by Harrington. Cal would capitalize on a turnover by Army deep in their own zone for a little more insurance.

Cal clinched the top seed out of Pool D with the win and will advance to the championship bracket for Sunday. The Bears will face the Texas Longhorns, the second seed out of Pool C. The winner will face the winner of the Arizona-Navy match. Army will continue to play in the challenger bracket, and will meet North Carolina State in the first round of that bracket.

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Match 20: Cal 29, Notre Dame 0

June 2, 2012 1 comment

A little more than five hours after playing their first match, Cal came through as the temperatures started to drop along the Delaware River by PPL Park. Cal picked up their second win of the day, defeating Notre Dame 29-0.

Cal accounted for all of the scoring in the first half, with Daniel Barrett opening the scoring with a try three minutes in and Bradley Harrington following later with his own. Harrington also kicked the conversion on Barrett’s score.

Jake Anderson added a try for Cal in the second half to extend the lead to 19-0 following the conversion as the Bears started to slam the door shut on Notre Dame.

Cal will play Army (1-1) in the final match of the day, scheduled for 7:03 p.m. Prior to that match, Notre Dame will play Navy (1-1) at 6:42 p.m.

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Match 8: Cal 21, Navy 10

June 2, 2012 1 comment

Cal set the tone early and finished strong to take their first match of the day against Navy, 21-10.

Cal carried the match early on against Navy in the final first-round match of round robin tournament play, jumping to a 14-0 lead with tries by Paul Bosco and Seamus Kelly. Navy’s Seamus Siefring put the Midshipmen on the scoreboard and tough defense and a turnover helped Navy keep Cal from expanding the lead just before the half.

Cal takes on Notre Dame (0-1) in Match 20, scheduled for 5:29. Navy faces off against Army (1-0), who picked up a late victory against Notre Dame in Match 7 (10-5). Kickoff for Army vs Navy is scheduled for 5:02.

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