Goff’s posted his most recent Women’s College Rugby rankings here for free and here’s his analysis (subscription required, so in full below):
Women’s Rankings Hold Steady
By Alex Goff
March 16, 2006 – Little happened over the past week top make anyone want to move the women’s Top 20. Among the results of interest: Penn State and Vassar both toured the British Isles and registered some impressive results and some useful losses.
New Mexico, who had beaten Air Force (in part because Air Force had readily agreed to allow a graduated All American to play for the Lobos) tied Oklahoma 5-5. Did this mean New Mexico isn’t as good as the win over Air Force looked, or that Oklahoma is a bit better? A little bit of both, we think. UNM drops just out of the picture for the moment and OU edges closer.
Cal looked not bad in a competitive loss to Stanford. Stanford remains the top dog.
Chico State continued put together some good results despite being his by injuries. They made the final of the Champagne Classic. The latest and perhaps most serious of those injuries happened at Cal when Raelynn Guzman sustained a scary neck injury. She damaged the ligaments around her 3rd and 4th vertebrae and went into emergency surgery that night. She is lucky to be walking and she is recovering well, and is very fortunate not to be paralyzed.
The Champagne Classic was also an opportunity for other teams to show their best efforts. UCLA looked fairly good but lost to Chico State in the semis.
Most impressive of all, given that they had hardly been outside, was Army. They entered two sides in the tournament as they looked to get as much rugby for as many players as possible.
“That said, we also wanted to test ourselves against some quality West Coast opposition, of which there was plenty to speak,” said head coach Mike Jaskowiec. “This was especially important to us since we’re scheduled to square off against the Pacific #2 seed in the Round of Sixteen.”
Army beat UCSD 10-0, BYU 17-7, and Riverside 17-0, before beating Utah State in the semis and Chico 34-10 in the final.
It was a team effort, said Jaskowiec, but he got some excellent work from the likes of Ali del Moral, Katie Pulliam, Jess McMullin, Anshwa Pennington, and Marjana Mair.
So Army looks to hit the ground running. Penn State and Vassar will return to these shores hardened and ready. Ohio State ventures to Texas to test their mettle. And all look to make the assault on the women in Palo Alto.
Some solid updates in there, especially for the collegiate side of the Champagne Classic. And hey, did you see that shoutout for the Oklahoma Roses? (of which I have some regular readers, who even added pins to my map!)