A National Champion has been crowned, and we haven't run rankings since before the Sweet 16, so we're in line for some major shakeup. Parts of the Top 25 held up through the postseason, like the part where we had Minnesota-Duluth ranked No. 1 all season, and final four contestants James Madison and UW-Whitewater in the top five all year. Others didn't hold up so well.
We had New England... Read More
Down by nine points at halftime in Greenville, S.C. Saturday, Minnesota-Duluth showed why it’s the best team in the nation by scoring three unanswered tries and shutting out UW-Whitewater in the second half to win a second straight National Championship, 24-14.
After a first half in which Whitewater played with tempo and momentum, Duluth Man of the Match eightman Jake Luetgers broke four tackles... Read More
Less than a minute into the game, the UM-Duluth Fighting Penguins showed why they are the defending National Champions and the team to beat in the 2014 playoffs. James Madison was under constant pressure offensively and defensively for most of the game and was not able to develop a rhythm. The Duluth tight five was dominant, and eightman Jake Luetgers earned Man of the Match with two tries and a... Read More
In a hard, physical match between two skilled sides Saturday in Greenville, S.C., UW-Whitewater was victorious over Notre Dame College to advance to the National Championship game, 26-10. The contest featured strong defense and physicality in the breakdowns and scrums. The main difference was that Whitewater was able to move the ball to their backs and find space on the wing. Man of the Match... Read More
Is there a chink in Minnesota-Duluth’s armor? The Fighting Penguins haven’t lost a rugby game in over a year-and-a-half, and they haven’t played a close game in pretty much the same time frame. They won their previous playoff games 71-5 and 67-0. So, if there’s one detraction you can argue against Duluth, it’s that they haven’t played a close game in a long time.
“It would have been nicer to have... Read More
Notre Dame College has come a long way in a short time to be one of the last four contenders for the DII National Championship. The program started only three years ago, and the Falcons advanced to the national playoffs in DIII that season. In 2013, NDC moved up to DII and once again earned a spot at Nationals and faced this weekend’s opponent, UW-Whitewater, in the first round. In a hard-fought... Read More
Salisbury’s four-year streak of advancing to the Final Four came to an end Sunday at the hands of Notre Dame College in a nail-biter, 18-15. NDC utilized a ball control strategy to slow down the game and stifle the potent, fast-paced Salisbury offense. Ultimately, the Falcons made their kicks and the Sharks missed a costly conversion and two penalty kicks, including one with no time left in the... Read More
James Madison defeated Towson, 17-6, in Harrisonburg Va. Sunday to earn its second consecutive berth to the DII Final Four. With strong defense and dominance in the set piece, JMU stymied the Towson attack all afternoon.
A defensive struggle, this game was physical from the onset. Both teams tackled extremely, well limiting offensive opportunities. Eric Sweeney put Towson up 3-0 with a penalty,... Read More
The Salisbury Regional featured two games of contrasting styles. Salisbury easily defeated a young Roger Williams squad, 41-0, while Notre Dame College (NDC) won a hard fought battle versus Furman, 17-15. The Sharks and Falcons will face off tomorrow to decide who will advance to the Final Four in Greenville, SC.
Salisbury was dominant from the opening whistle, not letting Roger Williams develop... Read More