Updated Women’s Collegiate Rugby Rankings

See Goff’s rankings for March 1 here, And remember the link is always on the sidebar.

Here’s his analysis (subscription required, so in full below):

Few Changes in Women’s Top 20, For Now
March 1, 2006 – The GoffonRugby Women’s College Top 20 saw only a minor change, with #15 UCSD moving up after coming very close to #12 UCSB in La Jolla.

It was actually a bit of a disappointment to the Tritons, as they were ahead 14-but, as center Monica Zigler put it, UCSD “just ran out of steam.”

Injuries to forwards Jillian Duggan and Kirstin Hartos didn’t help, either.

Other than that, games went to form this past week. Stanford gave up 31 to Chico State but scored over 50. Stanford head coach Jonathan Griffin has been inserting special rules into his team’s play (such as restricting kicking) in order to get them where he wants them to be but, he added, “we were very poor defensively in the second half.”

Heidi Herrick starred on the wing for Stanford and their tight five, led by teenage hooker Erin Kobasigawa, created plenty of go-forward.

And also worthy of a note is the awakening of Air Force. They opened their 2006 early season with shutouts over Colorado State, and Wyoming.

Alex Watkins and Ashley Snider scored against CSU in the 18-0 win, and and on Sunday tries from Taren Clement, Christina Ramirez, Shelly Dunlop, and Jennifer Jones paced the Zoomies to a 32-0 win.

This secured the Eastern Rockies title for Air Force and the top seed in the West playoffs, and they have a busy March set forth before them. Leading off it New Mexico and their very fast, talented side. This will be an ideal time for Air Force to make a statement, and New Mexico to possible break into the top 20.

And speaking of statements, a big one is on tap in Virginia, where the Virginia Invitational welcomes Army, Navy, Princeton, UVa, and Cornell, to name a few. Many rankings changes could come out of that.

I’ll keep an eye out for results from that Virginia Invite. By the way, kind of a fun site UVa Women. Stars & Flamingoes!

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