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This year continues to be one of the most competitive across the DII college ranks. While traditional heavyweights like Duluth and Whitewater continue to rampage through their respective conferences, a majority of the leagues have had solid competitive balance.

The NECRC continues to have tight games. The conference only has five teams but all of the teams have been competitive except for New Hampshire. Norwich earned its 3rd victory of the season with a 31-24 win against Vermont while Middlebury regained form with a convincing victory over UNH. This conference is unique in that each team plays the other four twice. With close games all around, this conference should go down to the wire.

Upstate New York is another conference that is up for grabs. SUNY-Cortland and RIT both moved to 3-0 this weekend.  SUNY-Cortland held off a 0-3 hard luck Niagara squad 34-17 and RIT squeaked by an also winless Fredonia 24-15. There is not a large margin between the teams at the top and bottom in this division.

Bentley remains atop Rugby Northeast with a decisive 57-0 victory over St. Michael’s. Roger Williams and UMass-Lowell remain right in the thick of things at 2-1. Providence, however, currently sits in 2nd in the division at 2-0. With a conference bye this weekend, the Friars tested their mettle against URI. They came up short 45-29, but if you are going to lose it is better in non-conference action.

A pair of teams has emerged as top dogs in the Tri State. While Sacred Heart has been on the periphery for several years, a 2-0 start could pave the way for it to finally make a splash. RPI shares the lead with it in the North, however, and has a much more proven track record come playoff time. In the South, William Paterson is the only undefeated team. WPU had some very strong years from 2010-2012 but has struggled to get back to the form that saw them make USA Rugby Nationals. WPU took down conference finalists Molloy convincingly this week 42-20. It just might be a resurgence for the New Jersey school.

While Whitewater is still the class of the WIIL, Northern Iowa continues to impress.  After escaping a close encounter with Loyola in the first week of action, Northern Iowa has averaged 73 points in the last two wins. If anybody is going to challenge Whitewater, it very well could be NIU.


Scores 9/24/16
vcu7 97NC StateCardinal
western new england0-58salve reginaColonial Coast
Boston University19-55endicottColonial Coast
Pitt State72-19UMKCGateway
Southern Illinois37-12MarysvilleGateway
Grand Valley State94-5Saginaw StateGreat Lakes
Hartford12 15WestfieldNE Wide
Coast Guard43-0WPINE Wide
New Hampshire3 58MiddleburyNECRC
Minnesota-Duluth89-12SCSUNorthern Lights
Colorado Mesa15-89Colorado School of MinesRocky Mountain
UCCS20-0Metro StateRocky Mountain
stonehill14-28BryantRugby Northeast
saint michaels0-57BentleyRugby Northeast
Southern CT26-17roger williamsRugby Northeast
Holy Cross26-78umass-lowellRugby Northeast
rhode island45-29providenceRugby Northeast
UNC15-22Coastal CarolinaSouthern
sacred heart26-22Siena CollegeTri State
Marist College29-19Union CollegeTri State
Hofstra University15-17rpiTri State
Molloy College20-42william Paterson UniversityTri State
Montclair State Uni.43-5College of New JerseyTri State
new Jersey Inst. of Tech.41-14seton Hall UniversityTri State
Buffalo State17-29LemoyneUpstate NY
Fredonia15-24RITUpstate NY
Niagara17-34CortlandUpstate NY
oswego22-31GeneseoUpstate NY
Northern Michigan33-7UW-StoutWIIL
Northern Iowa80-7DePaulWIIL
Illinois-Wesleyan0-75Illinois StateWIIL
Loyola5 76UICWIIL