Pacific South: Quiet Weekend With Big Results

Despite few games taking place, there was plenty of pivotal action.

Women’s Division I:

The champion of the Pacific South’s Women’s Division I Competition was crowned this weekend, with the Santa Monica Dolphins scoring in the final seconds to clinch the win over Belmont Shore, 39-36. Belmont Shore raced out to an early 17-0 lead in the first 25 minutes of the game, but a yellow card in the 31st minute opened the door for the Dolphins. Santa Monica took full advantage of being a player up and scored two tries in the ten minute span, to bring the match back to 17-14. Belmont struck back immediately after half time but two tries in two minutes to the Dolphins brought the game back to a deadlock. However, Belmont, desperate to not let the game slip away, struck right back to regain their lead. It was short-lived; as in the scores were leveled up eight minutes later and not long afterwards the Dolphins had their first lead of the match. Belmont Shore looked to have snatched the game at the death with a try in the 79th minute, but Nina Poloukhine.

 

Women’s Division II:

The Las Vegas Slots were simply too strong for San Fernando Valley over the weekend, cruising to a 86-12 victory. Valimalo Manuo, their outside center, had four tries; while their open side flanker, Kate Capistran had a hat trick.

 

Men’s Division III:

Camelback Rugby outclassed the Las Vegas Irish D3 over the weekend, 31-0. Brady Mengarelli was the star of the match with a hat trick.

In a close first half encounter, Phoenix Rugby held on to surge in the second half and storm back into the match, beating the Northern Arizona Landsharks, 28-18. In total there were three lead changes in the first half, five in total. The match was turned on its head when Phoenix were able to score 14 points in two minutes to separate from the rest of the pack.