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The road to the WPL Championship is nearing the end, but everyone is still driving full speed ahead.
San Diego Surfers 64 Chicago North Shore 10
Wing Teigan MacDonald scored three tries, including two in the first 10 minutes, as the Surfers won a game they were expected to win. But it was a key result regardless, as, with Berkeley's loss, San Diego joins Glendale at 5-1-1, but the Surfers lead the league now with 29 standings points as Glendale failed to get a four-try bonus point.
Still, both are ensured of a place in the Championship Semifinals, as Berkeley's season is done.
Next week's game against ORSU means little, but if San Diego gets a bonus-point win over ORSU, the Surfers are first and Glendale second. If San Diego fails to get a bonus point (or ties or loses), then Glendale should take first with an expected bonus-point victory over Chicago.
Glendale Merlins 24 Berkeley All Blues 14
A try by Nichole Wanamaker and a drop goal from Hannah Stolba turned a 14-14 tie into a 24-14 Merlins victory. The result eliminated Berkeley from the Championship semifinals and locked the All Blues into playing for fifth. The Merlins have guaranteed a spot in the Championships Semifinals.
Beantown 29 DC Furies 10
Fullback Kelli Smith scored tries either side of halftime, and scrumhalf Kristina Aprahamian also touched down twice as Beantown won a must-win game over DC. The result put the Boston-area outfit at 4-2-1 with 21 standings points, currently in third but with a chance for second.
Twin Cities Amazons 26 New York 14
The Amazons fell behind 14-7 after 12 minutes but prop Ianoira Duhart's try inched the Minnesota club closer and Katana Howard's try — with a New Yorker in the sin bin — game Twin Cities a lead they would not relinquish. No. 8 Kathryn Johnson scored two tries for the 'Zons.
This was a must-win for the Amazons as it's their final game of the regular season, and all of the three teams chasing a playoff spot — New York, Atlanta, and Beantown — have a game to go.
But this was enough. The Amazons have clinched not only a semifinal spot, but first place in the WPL Red.
Playoff Spots To Be Claimed
Everything else comes down quite nicely to the last game of the season. New York and Beantown battle in Boston for a spot in the semis. If New York wins, they clinch. If Beantown wins with a bonus point, they clinch. If Atlanta beats DC Furies and New York and Beantown tie, or Atlanta gets a bonus point and Beantown does not, then Atlanta is into the semis.
Clinched Semifinal Spot:
Possible for Semis:
New York, Atlanta, or Beantown
Clinched 5th-Place Semi:
If New York loses to Beantown, then New York is here. If New York beats Beantown, it's likely Atlanta is here. If New York and Beantown tie, Atlanta probably takes second and New York is here.
(The winner of the fifth-place semi plays the best winner of the lower semis for fifth; the loser of the fifth-place semi plays the lesser winner of the lower semis for seventh.)
Clinched Lower Semis:
Chicago North Shore
Atlanta or Beantown