The sweat-drenched Saturdays over six Competitive Regions put regional standings positions in the balance, with nearly every team competing putting in the training and travel hours in hopes of earning one of 32 places at the Aug. 12-13 USA Rugby Club 7s National Championship in Minneapolis.
NEWPORT 7S | ATLANTIC NORTH
Mystic River made major inroads in its attempt to qualify for its third consecutive National Championship field by winning Newport 7s. The 2016 Division I National Champions in 15s had two sides competing in the event's top bracket, but it was Mystic's No. 1 squad that posted a 4-0 mark before providing a Cup-winning performance in the Final.
Mystic River coasted to pool wins over Long Island and Village Lions before putting 36 points on both White Plains and 15s National Runner-up New York Athletic Club. The Cup Final pitted last week's winner of Monmouth 7s, Old Blue, against Mystic River. Eager to not allow Old Blue to widen its Atlantic North lead as the region hits its midway point, Mystic River scored a late try to down its rival and post a 17-12 win.
The first-place result draws Mystic River to just two series points behind Old Blue's 41 points with two qualifying tournaments left to play. Behind the two Newport finalist are New York Athletic Club and Bulldog Rugby with 34 and 32 points, respectively.
Next up: July 8 | Hell Gate 7s