Women’s College Rugby Predictions – Week of February 21, 2015

Mason Dixon Conference

University of North Carolina (2-0) at North Carolina State (1-2)

University of North Carolina will be traveling to Raleigh, NC to take on North Carolina State this weekend. UNC is tied for the top defense in the Conference, allowing  only 10 points per game. Though North Carolina State is third in the Mason-Dixon South division with 100 total points scored, most of their points came against East Carolina University (76pts). North Carolina State looks like they’ll be overmatched in this game. Look for University of North Carolina to take this one.

South Independent Rugby Conference

D1

Life University (2-0) at University of Central Florida (2-1)

The SIRC Women’s division 1 has been as tough as any division. This will pit the two best offenses in the conference. Life University has scored 212 points this season, and UCF has scored 132 points this season. Life University has completely dominated their two games this season against FSU and Tennessee. UCF has defeated Tennessee and FSU, though the scores were large, Life University had larger scores. Life University has a dominating team that is topped by conference leading scorers, Madison Ohmann and Samantha Elmore. UCF will be the best competition that Life University has faced this season, but look for Life University to take the win in the match up.

Courtesy of University of Florida Women's Rugby
Courtesy of University of Florida Women’s Rugby

University of Tennessee (0-3) at University of Florida (2-0)

University of Tennessee travels down to Gainsville to take on University of Florida. University of Tennessee has started the season against the three toughest teams in the league. Arguably three of the toughest women’s teams in the region. They have lost big against Georgia Tech (48-7), Life University (122-0) and Central Florida (65-0). Their next match up against Florida is not any easier. They will be taking on the third ranked scoring offense and second ranked scoring defense in the league. Florida totes the second leading scorer in the league in Abby Solaun. Florida has shown success against a tough Georgia Tech team. Look for University of Florida to take this win in dominating fashion.

D2

Lee University (2-0) at University of Georgia (1-1)

Lee University will travel to Athens to take on University of Georgia. University of Georgia has shown some proficiency against Clemson, in their ability to shut them out 30-0. Lee University has strongly defeated the two bottom teams in the division in University of North Georgia and Clemson. Lee will have a tough match against University of Georgia, but ultimately look for Lee University to get the win.

UT-Chattanooga (2-0) at Clemson (0-2)

UT-Chattanooga stands second in the SIRC Division II North. They have had big wins over University of Georgia and University of North Georgia. Clemson has been dominated early this season. UT-Chattanooga will take this game.

Fly-half, Kiva Talty, makes a break to the try zone.  Photo by Rebeca Marroquin
Fly-half, Kiva Talty, makes a break to the try zone.
Photo by Rebeca Marroquin

Spring Hill College (0-1) at Emory (1-1)

Emory has taken on Alabama and Kennesaw State, two of the top teams in the SIRC South. Emory lost a close one against Alabama, 19-10, and won a close one against Kennesaw State, 17-5. Spring Hill College lost their season opener against Kennesaw State 37-12. Emory has shown to have one of the toughest defenses, but hasn’t put up a great offensive scoring force. Spring Hill College will have a tough contest against Emory. Emory will take the win.

Kennesaw State University (2-1) at University of Alabama (2-0)

Alabama will be hosting KSU this weekend. Both teams are sitting a top the SIRC South. Alabama has been strong on defense, against Georgia Southern and Emory. KSU has scored strong against Spring Hill College and George Southern, but they have a loss against Emory. Alabama looks to have the stronger defense of the two teams. I take Alabama to take the win in this match.

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