USA College Nationals (Day 2 Results)

Virginia on attack vs Air Force. Virginia won the match 21-18. Those 2 sides will face off again in the semifinals tomorrow. (Photo courtesy of Leo Vila)

Day 2 is complete at the Collegiate National Championships and the Women’s Championship is now set.  Penn St defeated North Carolina 12-6 to secure it’s first ever shot at a national championship.  The match was a very low scoring in the first half with Penn St narrowly leading 4-3.  The 2nd half was a different story as Penn State ran away with the game behind 6 goals from Maria Carolina Araujo.    Devon Biller led North Carolina in scoring with 4 goals.

It was all West Point showdown in the other semifinal as Army’s first team (Black) took on their 2nd team (Gold).  An earlier pool play match between the two teams went as expected with Black beating Gold 25-13.  But, this match was a different story as another low scoring affair had Black ahead only 5-4 at the half.  The game continued to be relatively close until Black pulled ahead at the end for the eventual 16-12 victory.  Ainsley Davenport (Gold) led all scorers with 7 goals while KiAnna Duncan and Morgan Morris had 4 each for West Point Black

In pool play West Point Black and Penn St played to a 13-13 draw so the final could be a good one.

In Men’s play most of the action went as expected.  Top ranked West Point Black had comfortable wins over Virginia (20-11) and Air Force (23-20) to secure the top semifinal seed.  They will face off in the semifinals against their 2nd team (West Point Gold).  West Point Gold’s path to the semifinal was not easy, though, as they had to come from behind to secure a draw against North Carolina and then await the outcome of the North Carolina – Ohio St Grey match to see if their Goal Differential advantage would seem.  In the end North Carolina’s 21-20 goals was not enough and they will now play for 5th place.  The other semifinal will be a rematch of today’s pool play match which Virginia won 21-18

All the results can be seen at these Wikipedia pages.

Men’s Tourney: Link

Women’s Tourney: Link

Note: Unfortunately, there is no live streaming available for the tournament, but matches are being recorded for later posting. I will provide the link when it’s available.