Stanford Collegiate 7's

UCD, 2010 Stanford Collegiate 7's Champs!

With only about two weeks introduction to the 7's game, the boys came together and put forth a tremendous effort to beat out many of the best collegiate teams in California to take home the cup.  The Ags went 2-1 in pool play, losing only to a strong St. Mary's "Blue" team (St. Mary's fielded two teams in the tourney) after only a 15 minute rest from the previous game.  In the semi-final, the boys came back to beat the St. Mary's "Red" team which looked suspiciously similar to the "Blue" team and in the final they played St. Mary's "Blue" team once again.  The keys to victory seemed to be a better understanding of the 7's game, thanks largely to the coaching of Steve Gray, former Eagle, USA 7's rep and USA 7's coach and Jon Schafer, All American at UCSB and Olympic Club standout.  The other key was conditioning; playing 5 games in one day including a final with 10 minute halves was a test of endurance.  As the day wore on the teams lacking fitness were exposed.  In the final game with the 10 minute halves St. Mary's nearly mounted a comeback but clearly lost their legs in the extra time.

Well done boys!  Skill + Fitness = Victory

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