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DIAA featured 19 fixtures this weekend over five conferences and one independent bout. The Ivy, SCRC, Keystone and Chesapeake continued with conference play while Heart of America opened up with one game.
Dartmouth remained undefeated but it was an uncharacteristically close game with Penn. The Big Green were held to just 36 points. Dartmouth had been averaging 55 points a contest coming in to the game.
Yale continues its bounce back season under Greg McWilliams thumping Cornell 90-0. The Bulldogs are 3-0 but will face off with Dartmouth this weekend and will be their toughest test to date.
After an opening week loss to UVA, Mount St. Mary’s has reeled off three consecutive wins to pull into second place in the conference. The Maryland school dispatched Georgetown 58-26 over the weekend.
Mary Washington continues to lead the pack in the conference. The Mothers are the only undefeated team in the conference after knocking off Maryland 55-26 over the weekend. The Terps fell to 2-1 with the loss.
“We have been trying to focus on ourselves and play our standard of rugby,” said Mary Washington coach Min Sae Chae. “The big things we talk about is the process and working on our fundamentals.”
The fundamentals paid off in the second half for the mothers. Mary Washington left some points on the board and only led 15-14 at the break. The Mothers found their form, however, and won the game comfortably.
“Maryland definitely came to play. They were a tough opponent and I was happy to see our guys respond in the second half,” Sae Chae added.
St. Joe’s came away with two conference wins over the weekend, topping Pitt 59-14 and West Virginia 60-14. The Hawks moved to 2-0 in the western division after learning a hard lesson at the hands of Iona.
“We struggled in our first preseason game against a very talented Iona team and I think that lit a spark with the guys to really focus the past two weeks,” said St. Joe’s coach Dan Yarusso. “It was great to see the guys get two divisional wins on the road this past weekend against a physical West Virginia and Pitt teams.”
The team is getting dynamic play from Stalwart Jimmy Wolfer and sophomore Noah Niumataiwalu. The two playmakers set up Mikey Hoffman all weekend as the team wracked up points. Forwards Nick Ballas and George Harris led from the front as the Hawks were firing on all cylinders this weekend.
“I felt the forwards and backs played well off each and that contributed to the team’s success this weekend,” said Yarusso
In its first year in DIAA, Rowan has started 2-0. The New Jersey school has won two close contests over Temple and West Chester and will be looking to take the top seed in the east going into the playoffs.
The Southeastern Conference featured a string of blowouts. Kentucky flexed its muscles in Mississippi beating both Ole Miss and Mississippi State on back-to-back days. In fact, the Wildcats reached the century mark on Sunday against Ole Miss. South Carolina also managed a 65-0 victory over Florida.
The lone game that was competitive in the conference saw Georgia upend Auburn 20-17.
Kentucky has taken command of the East Division, moving to 3-0. Georgia sits at 2-1 but had a close win over Mississippi State and lost to Tennessee. The division is Kentucky’s to lose but Georgia will have its opportunity to take down the Wildcats on October 14.
South Carolina sits atop the west at 2-0. A key win over Alabama looms large as the Gamecocks appear to have an easy road to the playoffs. Barring a major hiccup against Auburn or Mississippi State, USC will take the top spot in the West.
Heart of America
The Heart of America opened play this week with one game. Missouri outlasted Kansas State 36-24. The Tigers, who made their way to the final eight of the spring DIAA championship, are still the team to beat in the Midwest.
Lindenwood-Belleville’ tough schedule has been paying off against DIAA teams. The Lynx have tested themselves against a number of DIA teams have had some disappointing results. This weekend, however, against a DIAA opponent in Middle Tennessee State, the Lynx came away with a 63-12 win.