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The last weekend of rugby in 2018 for most clubs brought the tremendous highs of a championship and devastating lows of defeat. Over 50 games in the men’s and women’s games saw new conference winners in D1A, teams one step closer to national titles, and a new promotion to the top women’s league.

The D1A Liberty Conference concluded its season with a challenge series of eight games at Fairfield University. Rhode Island, Tufts, UConn, Fairfield, and Northeastern won the early games, but the most exciting match was Saint Bonaventure’s 45-43 defeat of Iona. In the consolation final, Syracuse beat Binghamton, 31-17.

The last match of the Liberty Challenge belonged to UMass and American International College. AIC survived a fierce battle against their opponent while playing a man down for the final 15 minutes. Filippo Banzato and Tommy Clark scored tries for the Yellowjackets and Michele Magistrali kicked a penalty and a conversion in the 15-10 win.

Elsewhere in D1A, the Rocky Mountain Conference named its champion as BYU dominated Colorado State, 96-6, Lindenwood tackled Davenport, 33-3, Navy shut out Wheeling Jesuit, 80-0, and LSU and North Texas won in the Red River.

In the D1AA, the national quarterfinals and semifinals were played in Emmitsburg, Md. and Greenville, N.C. Mary Washington and Bowling Green advanced on one side of the bracket while St. Joseph’s and Western Michigan moved on in Emmitsburg. The semifinals are on Sunday.

Sixteen squads gathered for the national round of 16 this weekend. After Saturday’s results, the quarterfinal match-ups will be UW-Whitewater vs Bethel College, Queens College vs Villanova, NC State vs UNC-Charlotte, and Iowa Central vs Vermont on Sunday.

In the women’s college playoffs, Dartmouth beat Army and Quinnipiac fell to Harvard in the NIRA Tier 1 Semifinals. The all-Ivy League championship will be played on Sunday as well as the DI National Quarterfinals.

In the club ranks, the Life West Gladiatrix earned its entrance into the WPL with an 88-0 blanking of the DC Furies. With the win, Life West is promoted to WPL for the 2019 season. In women’s DI, Detroit claimed to the Midwest championship with a 12-5 victory over the Minnesota Valkyries.

Lastly, men’s DI club finished its season in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest. The Potomac Exiles and the Pittsburgh Harlequins won close games in the Mid-Atlantic and in the Midwest, the Chicago Lions, Metropolis and Palmer ended their fall on high notes.

HOMESCOREAWAYSCORECONFERENCE
Rhode Island29Cortland17Men's D1A - Liberty Challenge Series
Tufts19Stony Brook12Men's D1A - Liberty Challenge Series
UConn36Albany17Men's D1A - Liberty Challenge Series
Fairfield76Colgate7Men's D1A - Liberty Challenge Series
Northeastern41Fordham26Men's D1A - Liberty Challenge Series
Syracuse31Binghamton17Men's D1A - Liberty Consolation Final
UMass10American International College15Men's D1A - Liberty Championship Final
Davenport3Lindenwood33Men's D1A - Mid-South
Iona43Saint Bonaventure45Men's D1A - Non-Conference
Navy80Wheeling Jesuit0Men's D1A - Non-Conference
Texas5LSU52Men's D1A - Red River
Texas Tech17North Texas36Men's D1A - Red River
BYU96Colorado State6Men's D1A - Rocky Mountain Championship
Mary Washington71West Chester14Men's D1AA - National Quarterfinals
Kentucky24Bowling Green31Men's D1AA - National Quarterfinals
St. Joseph's53Salisbury22Men's D1AA - National Quarterfinals
Lindenwood-Belleville10Western Michigan24Men's D1AA - National Quarterfinals
Mary WashingtonBowling GreenMen's D1AA - National Semifinals
St. Joseph'sWestern MichiganMen's D1AA - National Semifinals
Oregon State21Western Washington31Men's D1AA - NCRC
OregonWinWashingtonForfeitMen's D1AA - NCRC
Washington Irish21Potomac Exiles28Men's DI Club - Mid-Atlantic
Pittsburgh Harlequins38Northern Virginia Rugby36Men's DI Club - Mid-Atlantic
Columbus Rugby14Chicago Lions39Men's DI Club - Midwest
Kansas City Blues13Metropolis Rugby29Men's DI Club - Midwest
St. Louis Bombers21Palmer College Dragons31Men's DI Club - Midwest
UW-WhitewaterBethel CollegeMen's DII - National Quarterfinals
Queens CollegeVillanovaMen's DII - National Quarterfinals
North Carolina StateUNC-CharlotteMen's DII - National Quarterfinals
Iowa CentralVermontMen's DII - National Quarterfinals
UW-Whitewater54Montana State26Men's DII - National Round of 16
Bethel College37UW-Milwaukee17Men's DII - National Round of 17
Norwich24Queens College27Men's DII - National Round of 18
Marquette43Villanova47Men's DII - National Round of 19
North Carolina State78SUNY Geneseo24Men's DII - National Round of 20
UNC Charlotte57William Paterson17Men's DII - National Round of 21
North Dakota State17Iowa Central42Men's DII - National Round of 22
Vermont41Virginia39Men's DII - National Round of 23
Dartmouth26Army7NIRA Tier 1 National Semifinals
Harvard47Quinnipiac8NIRA Tier 1 National Semifinals
DartmouthHarvardNIRA Tier 1 National Championship
Air ForceSam HoustonWomen's D1 - National Quarterfinals
MinnesotaNotre DameWomen's D1 - National Quarterfinals
DavenportNortheasternWomen's D1 - National Quarterfinals
UConnMichigan StateWomen's D1 - National Quarterfinals
Minnesota Valkyries5Detroit Rugby12Women's DI Club - Midwest Championship
DC Furies0Life West Gladiatrix88Women's Professional League - Play-In