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Division II started in earnest this week with every conference getting under way. There were some traditional powers flexing their muscles and some up and comers putting their hand up to be respected.
All four of the final four participants from last season picked up wins. The defending national champions, Wisconsin Whitewater, handed UW-Stout 89-5 while Furman put up 50 points on Greensboro by minute 31. Duluth blasted North Dakota and Norwich won comfortably over Southern Connecticut.
Several teams played ranked teams very tough. In the WIIL conference, Marquette surprised Northern Iowa with a 17-15 win. Similarly, in the New England Wide, Quinnipiac tied sixth ranked Coast Guard 19-19 to open conference action.
The most intriguing game of the weekend was in the Cardinal Conference. NC State and VMI, both contenders to take home the division title, squared off early in the season. The Wolf Pack edged VMI 34-29.
A couple of teams have impressed early on. Oswego State, in Upstate New York, won comfortably for the second consecutive week. Appalachian State, in the Southern Conference moved to 3-0 with another convincing win.
|Seton Hall||29-10||Montclair State||Tri State|
|William Paterson||vs||College of NJ||Tri State|
|Wake Forest||7 57||Appalachian state||Southern|
|Citadel||53-10||College of Charleston||Southern|
|Providence||37-12||Roger Williams||Rugby Northeast|
|Southern Connecticut||5 42||Norwich||Rugby Northeast|
|Stonehill||12 21||Bryant||Rugby Northeast|
|St. Michael's||0-46||Middlebury||Rugby Northeast|
|Buffalo State||17-59||Oswego||Upstate NY|
|UW-Platteville||5 41||Northern Michigan||WIIL|
|Duluth||84-0||North Dakota||Northern Lights|
|NDSU||63-5||St. Cloud||Northern Lights|
|Westfield State||22-7||Western Connecticut||New England Wide|
|Central Connecticut||10 53||Springfield||New England Wide|
|Hartford||39-7||WPI||New England Wide|
|Quinipiac||19-19||Coast Guard||New England Wide|
|Christopher Newport||19-40||Old Dominion||Cardinal|
|Central Missouri||0-59||Pitt State||Gateway|
|Colorado Mesa||vs||Colorado School of Mines||Rocky Mountain|
|Western State||28-0 fft||Colorado College||Rocky Mountain|
|Montana State||vs||Northern Colorado||Rocky Mountain|