Saint Mary’s College erased memories of coming up short in their national title quest last season by defeating Life University 21-6 to claim the 2014 National Championship at Steuber Rugby Stadium at Stanford University.

Saint Mary's celebrates their national title. (image courtesy St Mary's website, Rebecca Harper)

Saint Mary’s celebrates their national title. (image courtesy St Mary’s website, Rebecca Harper)

Initially it appeared the Gaels would come up short with Life’s physical defense setting the tone for most of the first half.  But Saint Mary’s grabbed a 6-3 advantage late in the first half and ran with it in the second half.

“The difference between this year and last year is our ability to come back from mistakes,” explained Gaels captain Cooper Maloney. “Once we’d have that one hint of losing we’d spiral down a slippery slope. This year we were able to keep our heads, and just turn that around and keep our confidence.”

The Gaels join BYU as co-national champions after the Cougars won last weekend’s Varsity Cup title.  What’s with 2 champions?

In the women’s national championship game, Penn State won a 3rd consecutive title with a 38-0 of Stanford’s women’s team.  The final capped off a great run of dominance with Nittany Lions only conceding 15 points in their 4 playoff matches.

The University of Central Florida won their 2nd consecutive men’s division 1-AA title with a 63-13 win over the University of Arizona.  The Knights were down 8-3 but put their game together to push to a 29-8 halftime lead before finishing the Wildcats off in the 2nd half.

And Mary Washington defeated Cal State, Northridge 36-22 to claim the women’s division II title.