It will be a Minnesota-Wisconsin final in the St. Louis region, as UM-Duluth ran Colorado College off the park, 71-5, Saturday, and UW-Stout squeaked past Saint Louis University, 31-26, in St. Louis, Mo. The Blue Devils and Fighting Penguins will do battle Sunday to see who advances to the Final Four.
Duluth pushed Colorado College all over the field on the day, as expected.
“Colorado College was... Read More
In the Harrisonburg, Va. DII regional, both James Madison and Towson handily defeated their opponents to set up what is most likely going to be the most competitive Elite Eight matchup in the country. James Madison brushed away Rowan, 53-15, while Towson silenced Grand Valley State, 59-24.
James Madison got off to a slow start, knocking the ball on in enemy territory three times in the first five... Read More
Salisbury has won four National Championships, while no one else in this region has claimed a DII title before. Roger Williams is in its first year in DII, and you almost feel bad for the Hawks, having to run up against Salisbury in their first-ever playoff game.
Furman boasts some lower division championships and did well to win the Southern conference this season. The Paladins have some... Read More
UW-Whitewater is nearly as favored in this bracket as Duluth is in its. The Warhawks have been to two of the last four Final Fours, winning it all in 2011. Throw history out and look at this year, if you want. Whitewater has the highest point total of any playoff team, having racked up 769 in WIIL play. That’s more than any two other teams in the Kingston region combined.
Vermont comes from a... Read More
James Madison and Towson are the perceived teams to beat, Rowan shouldn’t be entirely discounted, and Grand Valley State is a complete wildcard. Last year, UW-Whitewater beat Notre Dame College by 30 in the first round of the playoffs. NDC has proven itself, a couple of years in a row, to be better than MARC rival Rowan. James Madison looked every bit as good as Whitewater in the final four last... Read More
The goliath in St. Louis is Minnesota-Duluth. The Fighting Penguins gave up the equivalent of five tries all season, and they return practically their entire squad from last year’s undefeated National Championship team. It’s really inconceivable that anyone in this region could knock off Duluth.
The only game that isn’t a foregone conclusion is the SLU vs. Stout match on Saturday. The Billikens... Read More
The blender of DII college playoff rugby has chewed up and spit out several teams over the last two weeks, and just 16 teams are left in tact. The result is a lot of shakeup.
Defending National Champion Minnesota-Duluth remains atop the list, having not had to play for a few weeks. The Fighting Penguins were more impressive than anyone in DII in the regular season, except for arguably UW-... Read More
Rowan overcame a 31-0 deficit to stun Fairfield, in Fairfield, Conn., Saturday. With the win, Rowan punched a ticket to the DII Sweet 16 and will take on James Madison in Harrisonburg, Va. next weekend.
Fairfield started the game fast, dominating Rowan like it had been doing to Tri-State teams all season. The Stags scored twice in the first couple of minutes and added three more scores in the... Read More