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This year continues to be one of the most competitive across the DII college ranks. While traditional heavyweights like Duluth and Whitewater continue to rampage through their respective conferences, a majority of the leagues have had solid competitive balance.
The NECRC continues to have tight games. The conference only has five teams but all of the teams have been competitive except for New Hampshire. Norwich earned its 3rd victory of the season with a 31-24 win against Vermont while Middlebury regained form with a convincing victory over UNH. This conference is unique in that each team plays the other four twice. With close games all around, this conference should go down to the wire.
Upstate New York is another conference that is up for grabs. SUNY-Cortland and RIT both moved to 3-0 this weekend. SUNY-Cortland held off a 0-3 hard luck Niagara squad 34-17 and RIT squeaked by an also winless Fredonia 24-15. There is not a large margin between the teams at the top and bottom in this division.
Bentley remains atop Rugby Northeast with a decisive 57-0 victory over St. Michael’s. Roger Williams and UMass-Lowell remain right in the thick of things at 2-1. Providence, however, currently sits in 2nd in the division at 2-0. With a conference bye this weekend, the Friars tested their mettle against URI. They came up short 45-29, but if you are going to lose it is better in non-conference action.
A pair of teams has emerged as top dogs in the Tri State. While Sacred Heart has been on the periphery for several years, a 2-0 start could pave the way for it to finally make a splash. RPI shares the lead with it in the North, however, and has a much more proven track record come playoff time. In the South, William Paterson is the only undefeated team. WPU had some very strong years from 2010-2012 but has struggled to get back to the form that saw them make USA Rugby Nationals. WPU took down conference finalists Molloy convincingly this week 42-20. It just might be a resurgence for the New Jersey school.
While Whitewater is still the class of the WIIL, Northern Iowa continues to impress. After escaping a close encounter with Loyola in the first week of action, Northern Iowa has averaged 73 points in the last two wins. If anybody is going to challenge Whitewater, it very well could be NIU.
|vcu||7 97||NC State||Cardinal|
|western new england||0-58||salve regina||Colonial Coast|
|Boston University||19-55||endicott||Colonial Coast|
|Grand Valley State||94-5||Saginaw State||Great Lakes|
|Hartford||12 15||Westfield||NE Wide|
|Coast Guard||43-0||WPI||NE Wide|
|New Hampshire||3 58||Middlebury||NECRC|
|Colorado Mesa||15-89||Colorado School of Mines||Rocky Mountain|
|UCCS||20-0||Metro State||Rocky Mountain|
|saint michaels||0-57||Bentley||Rugby Northeast|
|Southern CT||26-17||roger williams||Rugby Northeast|
|Holy Cross||26-78||umass-lowell||Rugby Northeast|
|rhode island||45-29||providence||Rugby Northeast|
|sacred heart||26-22||Siena College||Tri State|
|Marist College||29-19||Union College||Tri State|
|Hofstra University||15-17||rpi||Tri State|
|Molloy College||20-42||william Paterson University||Tri State|
|Montclair State Uni.||43-5||College of New Jersey||Tri State|
|new Jersey Inst. of Tech.||41-14||seton Hall University||Tri State|
|Buffalo State||17-29||Lemoyne||Upstate NY|