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Five DIAA conferences played league matches over the weekend. The Chesapeake, Ivy, SCRC, MAC and Keystone all featured fairly competitive games across the board.
Mary Washington remains undefeated with a strong win over UVA. The Mothers dispatched the Cavaliers 88-0 to move to 3-0 on the season. Salisbury took care of Georgetown 53-7 while Maryland edged Towson 41-37 to go to 2-0.
The final game of the conference play saw Mt. St. Mary’s upend Virginia Tech 28-24. The Hokies came into the game 2-0 after beating James Madison last weekend.
The first try went to St. Mary’s via Donte Speight. The winger galloped down the left sideline to kick Mt. St. Mary’s the lead. After a penalty extended the lead Tech got on the board to cut the lead to 10-5. The teams traded scores and eventually Mount led 18-10 at half.
Virginia Tech came out strong in the second half, scoring two early tries to take a 24-18 lead.
“Their athleticism and size allows them to do a lot of incredible things,” Mount coach Jay Miles said of Virginia Tech. “Virginia Tech got on the front foot and really started to get into their patterns and their shape."
Mount St. Mary’s, who started 11 freshman, rallied from the deficit, however. Mount got a boost from their other winger Jack Spera. Spera went on a 50 meter run who managed to dive over to cut the lead to 24-23. The conversion was nailed and Mount took a 25-24 lead. The rest of the game was a defensive struggle and with an additional penalty Mount St. Mary’s held on to win 28-24.
“They played 80 minutes we played 80 and with our 11 freshman it was nothing short of amazing. I am super proud of them that they found a way to win when Virginia Tech started putting it to us,” concluded Miles.
Dartmouth continues to be the class of the Ivy. The Big Green took on Harvard this weekend and won to the tune of a 53-12.
“Harvard are a good side and put us under a lot of pressure. It was great to see our men keep composure and stay focused for the entire 80,” said Dartmouth coach James Willocks.
The other three Ivy League games featured two blowouts and one close call. Brown and Yale both put up over 70 points against Cornell and Columbia respectively, while Princeton edged Penn 27-25.
Currently, Dartmouth and Yale sit atop the Ivy standings at 2-0.
The SCRC featured three games this weekend. Florida took care of Ole Miss while Tennessee scraped by a pesky Georgia side 34-20. Meanwhile, South Carolina took down defending champions Alabama 34-15 on the road.
The first half was very back and forth. Alabama actually maintained a 10-3 lead at the break. The Gamecocks shot themselves in the foot early on, missing a couple of penalties and playing into the hands of the forward heavy Crimson Tide.
“We regrouped at half and the guys started shutting them down on defense,” said South Carolina coach Mark Morris. “We started getting the ball to our ends and scored a couple along the corners.”
The visitors scored 32 second half points. A couple came via the corner and then began to play a more territorial game. A couple of well-executed kicks pinned Alabama deep and turned into points.
“Our back three really chased down the kicks nicely and put them in some tight situations deep in their own territory. We were able to capitalize,” said Morris.
South Carolina sits atop the Western Division while Kentucky leads the East. Both teams have only played one conference game, however, so there is still plenty to play for.
West Chester and Pitt picked up wins over the weekend. The Panthers edged IUP 31-25 while West Chester defeated Villanova 50-35 in a shootout.
The conference is only a couple of weeks in and each team has only played one game. In the East, Rowan and West Chester sit atop the conference. In the West, St. Joe’s and Pitt share the leader board.
Bowling Green began its quest for a remarkable 37 consecutive MAC title. BG had a little tougher of a go this week and it appears the conference is starting to catch up a bit. Western Michigan gave Bowling Green a tough game falling 29-15.
In the other game, Louisville edged Miami of Ohio 28-22.