Women fall to Canada in Gold Medal Match at Toronto 2015

TORONTO – The Women’s Eagles Sevens had their fill of Canada Sunday at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games, and will head south with a silver medal.

Team USA faced the tournament’s host nation twice on the medals day at Exhibition Stadium with the two finalists concluding round-robing play against each other. Toronto 2015 was the first Pan American Games to hold a women’s Rugby Sevens event.

USA 71, Mexico 0

Kicking off the day against Mexico, Ric Suggitt’s squad picked up where it left off from the 2015 NACRA Sevens Championships, where the Eagles shut out their southerly neighbors to the tune of 80-0 in the 20-minute Final.

Not only was the scoring pace higher than the previous matchup, as seven Americans combined to score 11 tries, the final score line also bettered Canada’s 60-0 triumph of Mexico from Saturday.

Kate Zackary recorded a hat trick of tries and Melissa Fowler and Alev Kelter each scored twice, while Kelter successfully converted eight of the 11 tries.

USA 12, Canada 34

Both Suggitt and Canada Head Coach John Tait mentioned not wanting to give anything away in the pool matchup with the U.S. and Canada already qualified for the Gold Medal Match, but both teams went at it the way they have throughout the 2014-15 competitive season.

The majority of the match was spent inside the U.S.’s half, however, as Canada scored four tries in the first half alone and built a 34-0 lead before a brace from Zackary cut the final score to 34-12.

USA 7, Canada 55

Canada, which conceded its first points of the tournament in the previous match, let up the Gold Medal Match’s first try, with Kristen Thomas outracing 2014 World Rugby Player of the Year Magali Harvey to the try zone in the second minute.

From the fourth minute on, though, Canada would ride the wave of momentum inside Exhibition Stadium to dot down nine times in the 20-minute final to claim the gold medal.

Women's Eagles Sevens | Toronto 2015 Pan American Games

1. Megan Bonny

2. Kelly Griffin

3. Joanne Fa'avesi

4. Alev Kelter

5. Richelle Stephens

6. Lauren Doyle

7. Kristen Thomas

8. Hannah Lopez

9. Melissa Fowler

10. Irene Gardner

11. Kate Zackary

12. Kathryn Johnson

Women's Eagles Sevens | v. Mexico (W 71-0)

Tries: Zackary (3), Stephens, Kelter (2), Gardner, Fa'avesi, Fowler (2), Lopez

Conversions: Kelter (8)

Women's Eagles Sevens | v. Canada (L 34-12)

Tries: Zackary (2)

Conversions: Johnson

Women's Eagles Sevens | v. Canada (L 55-7)

Tries: Thomas

Conversions: Johnson

Women's Eagles Sevens | Toronto 2015 Pan American Games

v. Brazil - W 26-7

v. Colombia - W 40-0

v. Argentina - W 54-7

v. Mexico - W 71-0

v. Canada - L 34-12

v. Canada - L 55-7