St. Mary’s advances in ranking / Photo: Jackie Finlan
East coast weather and opponents with insufficient numbers limited the number of 15s games last weekend, but there were still a couple of important results to move the DII College Spring Rankings around.
No moves occurred in the top eight, as leader Claremont won its fifth Pacific Desert conference match by 65 points over Occidental. Flyhalf Alexandra Parker and flanker Jessie Ribera had multi-try days. No. 2 Fresno State enjoyed a bye while Tulane University used the Mardi Gras tournament in New Orleans to further develop its depth.
After two straight weeks of cancellations, John Brown enthusiastically took to the pitch for a massive shutout win over Mizzou. Flyhalf Alexis Barnes and wing Vashti Smith scored multiple tries apiece. UN Reno took a forfeit win and played a friendly against Sacramento State, while Eckerd remained idle after Florida International forfeited.
It’s been difficult to simply play games this spring, and so the field time and success that St. Mary’s College has enjoyed gets rewarded. The Gaels beat UC Santa Cruz 43-12 (read more) and look ahead to Fresno State as the big test.
Kansas State had another cancellation against Truman State and played a mixed friendly with local colleges and Kansas Bison. Both the Carolinas teams were idle due to weather.
Finally, MiraCosta Community College joined the rankings after defeating previously ranked CSU Long Beach 56-44. The 12-13-15 combination of Daisy Manoa, Kiani Haupu and Britni Ebert is pretty brutal and accounts for a lot of tries. With that said, we’re not entirely sure if MiraCosta is eligible for DII regional playoffs since the team competed in NSCRO’s 15s playoffs in the fall. More to come.