Lindenwood's Men Secure Their Second 7s Title In as Many Years.

he Lindenwood Lions have beaten the California Golden Bears, 26-12, to win the D1 Collegiate 7s title in consecutive years.

Glendale, CO.- The Lindenwood Lions have beaten the California Golden Bears, 26-12, to win the Men's D1 Collegiate 7s title in consecutive years.  This marks their third title in four years. The Tournament's MVP was also a repeat, as Nick Feakes lead his team throughout their impressive weekend.

Josh Macy, head coach of Lindenwood, was full of praise, pride and admiration of his players. "To watch them work that hard...we gave up two tries the whole tournament, it's good for them to see it and for them to get excited," Macy added.   

The final was an immense game from both teams. The game started in a 0-0 deadlock for the first five minutes with both teams threatening but neither defense was willing to bend. Eventually the deadlock was broken when Deion Miskell was able to shrug off some tacklers and dot the ball down. Lindenwood was able to add to their tally just before the half when Christopher Schoeman fended players off tip toed down the sideline crossed the line. At the half Cal was down by 14.

Despite, the halftime deficit Cal came out swinging in the second half and looked to have put themselves back in the thick of it when Zach Tavenner crossed over. Off the ensuing kickoff pressure was building again but a brilliant 70-meter solo effort from Nick Feakes extended the lead back out again once more. The Golden Bears struck back in with 4 minutes left to draw it within one score. A late try in the 13th minute extended Lindenwood's and the writing was on the wall. As the final whistle blew and jubilation erupted on the sideline, Lindenwood had secured their championship.

The day as a whole was a magnificent day of rugby in Men's D1 It was a wet cold and windy day in RugbyTown USA, less than ideal conditions for 7s, but that didn't stop the teams from putting on a show. The day started off with a set of tantalizing matchups As Lindenwood took on a strong Indiana team to begin their day. Their offense took a while to warm up and early on they struggled to convert opportunities that were afforded to them.  While, their offense wasn't as potent as it was yesterday their defense remained a constant and they were able to stifle any attacking opportunity that their opposition created. They would move on to face Grand Canyon after the Lopes won in extraordinary fashion against Wisconsin.

Cal's day kicked off in impressive fashion as they disposed of Arkansas with ease. They ran in thirty-eight unanswered points to start the game and were dominant in all facets of the game. However, their bastion like defense did eventually crack as they let in a try to Arkansas as time expired. Ending their run with Lindenwood as the only two teams not to concede any points in the tournament. Their opponent for the semifinal was Kutztown, as they advanced after a dominant display against Arizona, thanks in large part to a brilliant individual game by Dmontae Noble.

In the semi finals Cal was tested early by Kutztown as Noble continued to be a thorn in the side of every team that he came up against, but Cal had his number. Tavenner was inspirational for Cal as he scored twice for Cal and Troy Lockyear did a phenomenal job of controlling the game. Cal advanced to the Cup final, 31-15.  Lindenwood's semifinal was comprehensive on the scoreboard, but in reality it was much closer. As the first half concluded they only had a 7-0 lead over Grand Canyon (GCU). But on the stroke of halftime, GCU saw a man sent to the bin and the Lions pounced. They struck twice in the two minutes that they had a man advantage, and from there the rest was history. Lindenwood advanced 26-0.

 

Full list of Men's D1 FinalsShield Final: Fordham 31-17 Western Washington
Bowl Final: Utah 20-17 Notre Dame College
Plate Final: Arizona 14-12 Indiana
3rd Place: Kutztown 29-0 Grand Canyon
Cup Final: Lindenwood 26-12 Cal