Champions do Battle at the ACRC7s
This spring has been unprecedented in the number of collegiate sevens tournaments. With so many regional events producing cup champions, the very best teams are eager to test their abilities on a national level—which is where the ACRC7s in Virginia Beach come in.
This weekend (April 25-26), some of the very best in the nation will travel to Virginia Beach, most carrying momentum from recent victories. Here are a few of the standouts.
Miami University of Ohio won the Mid American Conference championship last weekend, overcoming a formidable Bowling Green State University. Both teams came into the cup match undefeated on the day, and both left it as national qualifiers—but only Miami could claim the MAC Championship.
Kutztown has mostly steamrolled the competition this spring, most recently dominating Stony Brook at the Empire Rugby Conference sevens tournament in Binghamton. Also under the Golden Bears' belt are tournament victories at URugby Philadelphia, in Raleigh, and on their own turf.
American International College
AIC won the second round of the Empire Sevens series, otherwise known as the snow bowl, defeating Stony Brook in the final amid blizzard-like weather. This is one team proven to be able to win in all field conditions.
St. Joseph's University
St. Joe's and Temple, both coming to Virginia Beach, have had excellent springs. St. Joes edged the Owls last weekend at Rutgers in a virtual replay of the Keystone Sevens final at Shippensburg two weeks earlier, which also saw the Hawks just barely escape the Owls. It'll be fun to see what these two powerful programs accomplish at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex this weekend.
Stunned by Kutztown last week, the Seawolves have nevertheless enjoyed a successful spring and are tops in the Empire Rugby Conference in sevens play. While overshadowed by the loss to the Golden Bears, Stony Brook prevailed over league rival Colgate last weekend in a 24-22 thriller.
The two-day tournament, presented by URugby, brings together elite men’s and women’s college teams, going head to head in a high-profile, professional setting. This is an excellent opportunity to play some great rugby in a first-class facility against some of the best competition in the country.
Accommodations: Last Day for Special Rate!
Book your hotel by April 20th, and stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Virginia Beach, the Official Hotel of the ACRC7s-VA Beach, for a $200 rebate on registration. For group sales and teams please contact The DoubleTree by Hilton Virginia Beach directly 1-757-422-8900, Group Code: RUG.