The runners-up in the Potomac Cardinal conferences clashed on Saturday in Baltimore, Md. for the right to advance to the round of 16 in the DII playoffs. Towson looked to shake off its loss to Salisbury in the Potomac final, and the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) wanted to continue momentum gained in winning the Cardinals' four-team playoff for second place. The Tigers’ depth was tested... Read More
Roger Williams beat Central Connecticut State, 40-36, in a play-in game Saturday to advance to the DII Sweet 16. The Hawks won their way into the postseason by going undefeated in claiming the Colonial Coast title. CCSU got there by winning the New England Wide championship. Both conferences are in their first year in DII after moving up from NSCRO.
"This was a great game to be a part of. The... Read More
The DII national playoff bracket is gradually taking shape, as conference championships wrap up and play-in games sit on the horizon. Two more conferences have to be figured out, Rugby Northeast and New York Upstate.
In Rugby Northeast, Bentley and UMass-Lowell will play Saturday in Lowell, Mass. Bentley won the regular season meeting by 30 points back in September. There are still four teams... Read More
Fairfield defeated Vassar 50-12 at home to take the Tri-State title Sunday. The Stags used solid counter attacking and a potent backline to dispatch the Brewers and punch their ticket to Nationals.
In the early stages of the game and much of the first half, Vassar monopolized possession with continuous pick-and-go from the ruck. Vassar was playing without three backline starters, forcing flyhalf... Read More
After falling to rival Towson earlier this season, Salisbury is once again the Potomac champion with a 24-22 victory over the Tigers Saturday. Both teams put on a great show for the fans and alumni in the final, and it was thrilling down to the last play of the game.
With the win, Salisbury earns its fifth-straight conference title and will host a regional in the national playoffs in two weeks.... Read More
Two of the most dominant clubs in DII, Towson and Salisbury, will battle Saturday for the 2014 Potomac conference championship in Severna Park, Md. The clubs have a storied rivalry throughout the years, with the Sharks holding the majority of the victories, especially in the regional and national playoffs.
This year, Towson has the edge, winning the league match at Salisbury’s home pitch. It was... Read More
It's conference playoff time in DII, and it's nearly national playoff time. For a lot of conferences, the postseason is repetitive, seeing the same results from the regular season played out again for seemingly no reason. In other conferences, the playoffs are actually heated, or they bring together two divisions that didn't paly each other throughout the fall.
At any rate, there have been few... Read More
Less than three weeks before kickoff, USA Rugby has finally announced the regional sites and pairings for the DII college playoffs. Rhode Island, James Madison, Salisbury and Saint Louis University will host the four regionals Nov. 22-23. Furman, for the second year in a row, will host the DII semifinals and final Dec. 6-7.
An addition to this year's playoffs will be play-in games. Ten... Read More
After a grueling two-day playoff hosted by UNC-Charlotte, Furman was crowned the Southern Rugby Conference champion, having defeated UNC Wilmington 23-17 in the title game. The Paladins made it the final by blowing out East Carolina in the Saturday semifinal, 63-7, and UNC-W edged Appalachian State in overtime, 23-17.
This is Furman’s first Southern title, snapping UNC-W’s three-year reign as... Read More
The Tri-State semifinals took place this weekend, with both undefeated teams winning at home. Fairfield continued its dominance over Tri-State opponents, having swept the southern division and handing RPI a 58-10 loss Sunday. The Northern champions, Vassar, struggled but overcame a determined Sacred Heart squad, 48-34.
Vassar jumped out to an early 14-0 lead thanks to tries from Prop Adam D’... Read More