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The ACRC Bowl Series featured a bevy of inter conference games over the weekend. Along with some high school competition, a total of six games took place over the weekend at Iona College.

The first game of the weekend was the most compelling. The hosts took on AIC in a battle of Rugby East versus ECRC. The game was very close in the first half with Iona leading 7-5. It was the first time AIC had trailed at half all season.

“Going in to half time down was something we hadn't experienced all season. I challenged the men at half to make some corrections and leave it all out there in the second half and they did, putting up 21 unanswered points to secure the win,” said AIC coach Rob Guiry.

AIC rallied to score three tries and completed its second consecutive undefeated season.

In other action, the Empire Conference had a much better showing this week. Binghamton defeated Loyola 57-32 after falling to AIC by triple digits last week. Stony Brook defeated Rutgers 29-12 and Fordham lost a tough battle to Delaware 36-21.

Temple, who was extremely competitive in the Keystone Conference this year battled Mary Washington of the Chesapeake but fell 40-29. It was supposed to be a good gauge for conference strength but we remain unsure of where the conferences stand. Mary Washington finished middle of the pack in conference play but both of its top two teams, lost in the first round of the DIAA playoffs. Bowling Green thumped Mt. St. Mary’s while James Madison almost pulled off a major comeback against Lindenwood-Belleville.  On the same note, St. Joe’s, who won the Keystone, kept Cincinnati close. The Wildcats lost 10-5 to the very strong Notre Dame College, leaving it incredible difficult to gauge the strength of the respective conferences.

The final game of the weekend was the closest. UMass edged Buffalo 22-19. The game was close for most of the first half and was tied 7-7 with 10 minutes left but UMass took the lead they would never relinquish. The Minutemen led 14-7 at half before adding a try midway through the second stanza. Buffalo took one back to make it 19-14 but a penalty to UMass sealed the match.  A try at the death made it close but the ECRC ended up going 2-0 on the weekend.