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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.

Tri State

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.

Upstate NY

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.

Rugby Northeast

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.

Rocky Mountain

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.

Northern Lights

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.

Great Lakes

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.

Siena22-17Seton HallTri State (quarters)
USMMA26-41RPITri State (quarters)
Sacred Heart45-10MolloyTri State (quarters)
William Paterson29-39MaristTri State (quarters)
Lehigh3 41BloomsburgMARC
East Stroudsburg20-49MillersvilleMARC
York44-22Lock HavenMARC
Norwich22-10MiddleburyRugby Northeast
ProvidencevsBentleyRugby Northeast
Stonehill12 78Southern ConnecticutRugby Northeast
Umass-Lowell61-8BryantRugby Northeast
Roger Williams41-12St. Michael'sRugby Northeast
UW-Whitewater60-10LoyolaWIIL (quarters)
Northern Michigan51-0DePaulWIIL (quarters)
Illinois State50-0UW-StoutWIIL (quarters)
UW-Milwaukee36-10MarquetteWIIL (quarters)
Missouri S&T22-0Saint LouisGateway (semifinal)
Pitt State52-22Southern IllinoisGateway (semifinal)
Pitt State31-28Missouri S&TGateway (final)
Fredonia0-51GeneseoUpstate NY (semifinal)
Oswego42-5Buffalo StateUpstate NY (semifinal)
Minnesota-Duluth29-15MankatoNorthern Lights
Minnesota-Duluth10 57North Dakota StateNorthern Lights (final)
Western State47-20Colorado School of MinesRocky Mountain (semifinals)
Montana State65-18Colorado MesaRocky Mountain (semifinals)
Montana State41-25Western StateRocky Mountain (final)
Hartford27-22Coast GuardNew England Wide
Central ConnecticutvsWestfield StateNew England Wide
WPI0-7 FFTQuinnipiacNew England Wide
NC State77-15Old DominionCardinal