It’s still early days for the College Rugby Association of America (CRAA) Division II women’s teams, but nonetheless, the rankings have been edited for week two. Remember: These rankings only include teams that are vying for the fall 15s championship, not the spring 15s championship.
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Rocky Mountain has been fully operational at the DI, DII and provisional levels, and both Colorado Mesa State and Colorado School of Mines won their respective matches last weekend. DII teams also play teams in the other two tiers to fill out the 15s schedule.
The Mavericks hosted New Mexico State, which competes in the Rocky Mountain provisional division, and won 95-5. Reese Barber (4), Ellen Rickerd (3), Emily Canvasser (2) and Ashlyn Erekson (2) had multi-try days, while Ameri Chavez, Nallely Robles, Ryleigh Blatnik and Sarah Penick scored a try apiece. With Blatnik’s seven conversions, the sophomore contributed 19 points on the day. Courtney Hull went 3/6 off the tee. This Sunday, Mesa will play Colorado’s B side.
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The Colorado School of Mines was also successful last weekend, defeating fellow DII Colorado College 42-7 on the road.
We removed Colby College, which played Bowdoin College in a friendly but needed numbers from Colby-Sawyer College for the 15s game. It’s the same reasoning for picking UMass Lowell over Providence College as a Rugby Northeast replacement. The former beat Southern Connecticut 58-5, and latter beat Stonehill College 51-7. Impressively, Providence played the second half with only 14 players, but low numbers in the context of post-season viability is an issue. Nevertheless, Providence and Colby remain on the watch list.
And rankings leader Vassar College played a friendly Sunday night, traveling Division I Boston University. The Brewers won 22-17. Junior prop Asia Baker scored three tries and freshman Sophia Baker added the fourth. Zoe Lynch knocked over the extras. Vassar has returned 22 players from the championship squad and added 20 newcomers for the fall.
This weekend sees everyone in motion, so expect a big update next week.