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The CRC Qualifier is down to four after the round of eight that took place this morning. AIC, Utah, Notre Dame College and James Madison all punched their tickets to semi-finals tomorrow.

AIC dominated Delaware to the tune of a 39-0 victory. The Yellow Jackets were absolutely dominant in the air and starved the Blue Hens of any kind of possession. Adrian Ray and Gavan D’amore Morrison have tremendous aerial skills and with the work of Corey Momsen at the breakdown, AIC was impressive.

“I was really pleased to see our aerial game performing on all cylinders,” said AIC coach Josh Macy. “It was a great a game. So much fun to see them play like that. We talked last night and in our meeting about just having fun and continuing to get better. It showed.”

Utah blanked Cinderella Harvard to end the Ivy League school’s run at the CRC bid. The game started slowly with Harvard showing tremendous patience. The Crimson swung the ball back and forth but Utah matched the patience with tremendous shape. The Utes broke through in the first half and added several more scores in the second stanza to win comfortably 29-0.

“Harvard came out, they are a very smart team, and were controlling the ball. They were chewing the clock, swinging the ball back and forth looking for us to make a mistake,” said Utah coach Mark Drown. “Once we were able to gain possession we were able to break their line and score.”

Notre Dame College played a tremendous team game in a win against Air Force. NDC opened the scoring early on but Air Force took a short restart untouched to even the game at 7-7. The Falcons, however, took over the game with a balanced attack and turning Zoomie turnovers into points. Air Force battled back at the end with a pair of tries but it was too little too late as NDC won 43-19.

It has been a work in progress for the small Ohio school whose program is in its infancy. The fourth year Varsity program has grown leaps and bounds and coach Jason Fox contributes it to the development of his players and the assistance of newly acquired 7s coach Luke Markovich.

“We sent our first team out here last year so they have been developing but like I said bringing Luke on has brought everything together. His knowledge of everything from 1823 and Tiger, this is a kid that really knows what he is talking about and helps us take it to the next level,” head coach Jason Fox told Rugby Today.

The final quarterfinal match was a dogfight between James Madison and Lindenwood-Belleville. The Dukes jumped out to an early 12-0 lead but Belleville capitalized on a pair of James Madison mistakes to even the game at 12 apiece.

“I think we are still a work in progress,” said JMU coach Mark Lambourne. “We are playing good rugby but we are still making silly mistakes that the better teams will take advantage of.”

James Madison starved the Lynx of possession for the much of the game and added two more tries to take a 22-12 lead. Mo Katz’s led the charge for the Dukes and winger Matt Narzedurkil exploited space for two tries.

“He is a very good player. He’s got some good speed so if we can get him in space he will score,” Lambourne said of Narzedurkil.
The Lynx added one more score to cut the lead to 22-19 and looked to steal the victory but the Dukes were able to stave off a late surge. Lindenwood had a try called back for a forward pass and James Madison ran out the clock.

“I think we are still a work in progress,” said JMU coach Mark Lambourne. “We are playing good rugby but we are still making silly mistakes that the better teams will take advantage of.”