Wins against Spain, Ireland propel Eagles to Amsterdam Women’s Sevens Cup Quarterfinals

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands – The Women’s Eagles Sevens used two wins in pool play at Amsterdam Women’s Sevens Friday to earn a spot in the Cup Quarterfinals for just the third time this season.

The Eagles opened the tournament against first-place New Zealand, who is coming off of a Cup Final victory at Guangzhou Women’s Sevens, the previous stop on the 2013-14 IRB Women’s Sevens World Series circuit. Victoria Folayan gave the Eagles the lead after just 30 seconds with a try, but New Zealand rattled off three tries in the first half and four in the second half in keeping the Eagles off of the score sheet to capture a 43-7 victory.

Hannah Lopez, making her IRB Women’s Sevens World Series debut, scored two tries in the Eagles’ 39-0 win against Spain in the second match of Pool A. Folayan added two tries of her own in the shut out victory and the Eagles also saw scoring output from Lauren Doyle, Kelly Griffin, and Lorrie Clifford.

Lopez scored another two tries in the Eagles’ final match of day one against Ireland to bring her total to four, good for second overall in Amsterdam, and help the Eagles gain entry into the Cup Quarterfinals. Jillion Potter scored two tries, as well. The Eagles’ 29-0 win helped them finish as the second-best second place team in Amsterdam, setting up a Cup Quarterfinal matchup with Canada, the first-best second place team.

The Eagles will kick off against Canada at NRCA Stadium Saturday, May 17, at 6:20 A.M. ET. Watch Amsterdam Women’s Sevens live on the IRB Women’s Sevens World Series website.