The 2013 Girls High School National Invitational Tournament (May 18-19, Racine, Wisc.) has announced the seeding and quarterfinal schedule for the Division I and Division II competitions.
Division 1 is led by two-time reigning championship Fallbrook out of San Diego, Calif. The Warriors are coming off a 55-5 victory over Fullerton in the Southern California championship. Fallbrook is joined by an additional two representatives from California, with Northern California champion Sacramento Amazons (7) and runner-up Danville (8) making the trip. The Amazons rallied from a 17-5 halftime deficit to defeat first-year Danville 25-17 for the NorCal trophy.
Wisconsin is the only other state sending more than one team to the NIT. Midwest champion Divine Savior Holy Angels (2) and runner-up Catholic Memorial (4) represent their state and will also be hosting the tournament.
Two state champions – Kent (3) from Washington and Summit (5) – bolster the DI lineup. And the East Coast places its hopes on West Carroll (6), which put a 57-5 win over Downingtown (a 2012 national championship team) in the books.
Division 1 Seeds
1. Fallbrook (Calif.) – SoCal champion; 2011 & 2012 national champion
2. Divine Savior Holy Angels (Wisc.) – Midwest champion; finished 3rd at 2012 nationals
3. Kent (Wash.) – Washington state champion; finished 5th at 2012 nationals
4. Catholic Memorial (Wisc.) – Finished 2nd at Midwest championship; finished 4th at 2012 nationals
5. Summit (Colo.) – Colorado state champion
6. West Carroll (Md.) – 8-1 so far, outscored opponents 575-41; finished 6th at 2012 nationals
7. Sacramento Amazons (Calif.) – NorCal champion; finished 8th at 2012 nationals
8. Danville (Calif.) – 2nd in NorCal; 1-1 vs. Sacramento this season
Schedule – DI Quarterfinals
Fallbrook (1) v Danville (8)
Catholic Memorial (4) v Summit (5)
Kent (3) v West Carroll (6)
Divine Savior Holy Angels (2) v Amazons (7)
Armstrong (1) was one of those borderline teams and will compete in Division 2. The Minnesota team has been dominating the local competition, finished third in the Midwest, and is one of the favorites in this competition
The Midwest region has sent the most teams to Racine, with Ohio accounting for three of the eight D2 contenders. Last year’s national championship runner-up Lakewood (4) is the top Ohioan squad, with Midwest #4 St. Joseph’s Academy (6) and Parma (8) also gunning for a title.
The East Coast sends New York Rugby Club (7), which put in an impressive 34-29 victory over Ivy League’s Columbia University, and State College (3), which sacrificed their #1 seed in the Pennsylvania State Championship in order to compete at the NIT.
The western portion of the country has SoCal championship runner-up Fullerton (2), and Utah’s Snow Canyon, which played their toughest match of the season last weekend, losing 21-7 to league-leader Lowland.
Division 2 Seeds
1. Armstrong (Minn.) – 8-1 in Minnesota
2. Fullerton (Calif.) – Finished 2nd in SoCal
3. State College (Pa.) – Was #1 seed in Pennsylvania State Championship
4. Lakewood (Ohio) – Finished 2nd at 2012 nationals
5. Snow Canyon (Utah) – 2nd in Utah
6. Saint Joseph's Academy (Ohio) – Finished 4th at Midwest championship
7. New York RC (N.Y.) – 7-3 in friendlies and tournaments
8. Parma (Ohio)
Schedule – DII Quarterfinals
Armstrong (1) v Parma (8)
Lakewood (4) v Snow Canyon (5)
State College (3) v Saint Joseph's Academy (6)
Fullerton (2) v New York RC (7)
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