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With nearly 50 top collegiate and club matches over the weekend, there were blowouts, upsets, and intense new chapters to rivalries that unfolded. Notre Dame College, Indiana, Cortland, Davenport, and Utah Valley were the big winners in college while Metropolis, Norfolk, and Glendale stay undefeated in DI Club.
After beating its first two Rugby East opponents by a combined score of 117-20, Army fell to Notre Dame College, 31-26. After returning four integral players to the starting lineup, the Falcons took advantage of Army’s mistakes to earn the victory on homecoming weekend in South Euclid, Ohio. Rounding out the Rugby East, Penn State and Kutztown doubled up their adversaries to remain unbeaten before their match against each other next Saturday.
In the Big Ten, Indiana battled back from a three-try deficit to beat Wisconsin, 53-43. Tyler Sousley was a beast scoring four tries including two during the comeback. In East Lansing, Mich., the Spartans of Michigan State began its season with a 36-22 win over Minnesota.
In the seven tests of the Liberty Conference, there were big wins and tight contests galore. Cortland stood up to Binghamton, 29-14, and Iona continued to bruising run beating Stony Brook, 62-14. Syracuse, Northeastern, and Delaware racked up 20+ point wins while Tufts and Colgate were victorious on Saturday.
Rugby in the Rocky Mountains continued on Saturday with both Colorado teams picking up the W. Colorado and Colorado State won as Air Force dropped their match against non-conference Utah Valley, 56-29.
In the D1AA, five conferences were in action. Mount St. Mary’s, Salisbury, Maryland, and Mary Washington prevailed in the Chesapeake; Yale, Brown, Dartmouth, and Princeton won in the Ivy; Louisville and Bowling Green took the MAC; Pitt and West Chester triumphed in the MARC; and Florida and Tennessee succeeded with victories in the SCRC.
In non-conference affairs, Davenport beat Lindenwood Belleville, 44-31; Ohio State toppled Cincinnati, 27-10; Texas Tech clipped New Mexico, 29-26; AIC blew out New Hampshire, 93-0; and Grand Valley State edged Notre Dame, 18-14.
DI Club featured two high profile matches as three conferences continued their romp through the fall. In the ARP, the Glendale Merlins welcomed Mystic River in Colorado with a 64-7 blowout and Old Blue was unable to gain footing against Oxford University and lost, 30-19.
Columbus-Scioto Valley and the Norfolk Blues remained undefeated in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic while the Pacific North got its first whiff of rugby this season. The Chicago Lions, Cincinnati Wolfhounds, Palmer College Dragons, Pittsburgh Harlequins, and Potomac Exiles also notched victories in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic. To open the Pacific North, the Eastside Tsunami, ORSU, and Snake River won to begin the fall.