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DII College Rugby is coming down to the wire. A couple conference champions have already been crowned and several conferences are deep into their playoffs with a champion to be determined within the next two weeks. This may be the most competitive season to date, with a number of new teams raising their hand to compete on the national stage.
The Tri State North showed its supremacy over the South this week. All four teams advanced out of the North, including Marist, who knocked off South champ William Paterson. Siena defeated second seeded Seton Hall while RPI and Sacred Heart won comfortably.
The semifinal matchups next week are:
Sacred Heart vs Marist
RPI vs Siena
The Southern Conference semifinals took place this weekend with both eastern teams coming away victorious. UNC-Charlotte rocked visiting Coastal Carolina 55-14 and Furman defeated East Carolina 34-10 on the road. The teams will play a rematch of a game Charlotte won 29-13 earlier this year.
There was a bit of a shakeup in the Gateway Conference. Missouri S&T and Pitt State both won semifinal games on Saturday and squared off on Sunday for the conference bout. S&T defeated Pitt earlier this year and went up on Pitt State 21-5 with 20 minutes to play. It was a wild finish, however, as Pitt State came back with 26 points in the final quarter of the game to win 31-28.
The WIIL is down to four teams. Whitewater and Illinois State continue to win comfortably and are on a collision course for the finals. Standing in their way are UW-Milwaukee and Northern Michigan respectively. Milwaukee surprised Marquette after falling to them earlier this year with a 36-10 victory.
The teams will play the semifinals and finals next weekend.
The top two teams in Upstate NY both won comfortably in the semifinals last weekend. Oswego and Geneseo both won big margins setting up the finals for next week.
The Rugby Northeast season concluded this weekend and the top four teams make the conference playoffs. Norwich defeated Middlebury 22-10 in a game they were trailing at halftime to lock up the top spot. With the loss Southern Connecticut slides into second place and will host Middlebury in one semifinal. Norwich will take on Umass-Lowell who took home the fourth spot. The Cadets beat the Hawks handily earlier this year.
Both Western State and Montana State won comfortably in their respective semifinals to set up a rematch of a game MSU won earlier this year. The Bobcats got the better of Western once again, punching their ticket to nationals with a 41-26 win.
North Dakota State got a huge advantage by winning the regular season conference. They took on Minnesota-Duluth fresh on Sunday after the Fighting Penguins defeated Mankato on Saturday in a two verse three game. NDSU made no mistake, dispatching the perennial power 57-10 to take the automatic conference berth to nationals.
New England Wide
The New England Wide came down to a game between Coast Guard and Hartford for the conference title. The game did not disappoint as the teams went back and forth for nearly the entire game. Hartford went up 22-12 before CGA stormed back to tie the game. In minute 79, Hartford found space out wide and scored to win 27-22. Hartford takes the automatic spot to nationals.
The Midwest is a NSCRO/DII hybrid division so things are a little murky. IUPUI defeated Xavier to take home the conference title and will likely get a berth to the DII national playoffs.
Grand Valley State is leading the conference and should end up with the berth to nationals.
The Cardinal Conference is also a DII/NSCRO hybrid conference. North Carolina State and VMI are the top two teams competing to come out of the conference. One or both could end up with a spot in the national tournament.
|Siena||22-17||Seton Hall||Tri State (quarters)|
|USMMA||26-41||RPI||Tri State (quarters)|
|Sacred Heart||45-10||Molloy||Tri State (quarters)|
|William Paterson||29-39||Marist||Tri State (quarters)|
|Stonehill||12 78||Southern Connecticut||Rugby Northeast|
|Roger Williams||41-12||St. Michael's||Rugby Northeast|
|Northern Michigan||51-0||DePaul||WIIL (quarters)|
|Illinois State||50-0||UW-Stout||WIIL (quarters)|
|Missouri S&T||22-0||Saint Louis||Gateway (semifinal)|
|Pitt State||52-22||Southern Illinois||Gateway (semifinal)|
|Pitt State||31-28||Missouri S&T||Gateway (final)|
|Fredonia||0-51||Geneseo||Upstate NY (semifinal)|
|Oswego||42-5||Buffalo State||Upstate NY (semifinal)|
|Minnesota-Duluth||10 57||North Dakota State||Northern Lights (final)|
|Western State||47-20||Colorado School of Mines||Rocky Mountain (semifinals)|
|Montana State||65-18||Colorado Mesa||Rocky Mountain (semifinals)|
|Montana State||41-25||Western State||Rocky Mountain (final)|
|Hartford||27-22||Coast Guard||New England Wide|
|Central Connecticut||vs||Westfield State||New England Wide|
|WPI||0-7 FFT||Quinnipiac||New England Wide|
|NC State||77-15||Old Dominion||Cardinal|