Written by Jackie Finlan    Saturday, 27 August 2011 20:41    PDF Print Write e-mail
East Coasters Return Home with NASC Wins
Sevens - All-Stars

Chula Vista, CA - The middle of the pack has been decided at the Women's National All Star 7s Championship.

Katie Dowty's try was one of the NRU's three against the West.

The Northeast was coming off a 15-0 loss to the Pacific Coast in the Cup Semis, while the West had dropped its second match to the USA Developmental squad to head to the third place match. The Mustangs had surprised the NRU during pool play, winning 12-5, and earning the second seed out of the pool.

But the Northeast was prepared for the rematch, and won 15-0. Kitt Wagner, Katie Dowty and Jessica Peterson all dotted down for the Nessies, and a well connected defense kept the West out of the try zone.

The West had some trouble penetrating the NRU defense, but coach Tracy Gola made it clear that defense was their focus coming into this weekend, especially with the team's lack of preparation. The team's last two games were taxing, however, but the squad walks away with a substantial amount of 7s experience, which the players in general were lacking.

In the Plate final, a much closer match than anticipated evolved between the Mid-Atlantic and Southern California. Tries from Lauren Hoeck and just held onto a 10-7 win over Southern California.

Shaina Turley proved hard to corale, and the Eagle's try and Lo Stender conversion gave SoCal an early lead. But MARFU remained patient, worked their systems and answered with two tries, including one from Lauren Hoeck.

Stay tuned for player and coach feedback.