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The NSCRO Champions Cup playoffs continued around the country this weekend, narrowing the field in three regions. There were only a handful of games but those bore important results.
There were four games in this region.
The Tri State took on Upstate New York. The upstate conference got the better of the Tri State in both games with Alfred dispatching Suny-Maritime 46-17 and Paul Smith edging Vassar 26-24. It was heartbreak for the Brewers as Paul Smith worked its way down the field and scored a try with no time remaining on the clock. The visitors hit the conversion
The other two games saw the NERFU match up with the Colonial Coast. Both conference winners ended up winning, with Salve Regina outlasting Holy Cross 51-12 and Maine-Farmington defeating Endicott 36-24.
The four teams remaining will head to the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts next weekend for two back-to-back days to determine who heads to the final four in the spring.
The matchups are as follows:
Salve Regina vs Paul Smith
Alfred vs Maine-Farmington
There was only one game in region two this weekend. The second place team from the Potomac gets a spot in the playoffs. Loyola and Frostburg squared off for the second time this season and Loyola earned a berth in the playoffs with a 33-21 victory.
Next weekend, the top two from the MARC and the Potomac will square off. The top team from the Potomac will take on the MARC second place finisher will play in what is known as the Mid-Atlantic South Qualifier. The top MARC team will host the second place from the Potomac Conference n the Mid-Atlantic North Qualifier. The two winners will head two the MA Cup where they will meet the winners of the Southern (Elon) and Cardinals Conference (Christendom), respectively, on December 2.
Susquehanna (MARC 1) vs Loyola (Potomac 2) (winner will play Christendom)
Catholic (Potomac 1) vs Bucknell (MARC 2) (winner will play Elon)
Iowa Central rolled over its opponents in the Central West Cup. The Tritons took down the Midwest runner up Thomas More 119-3 then proceeded to reach the century mark against reigning third place finishers Xavier with a 100-3 win. Iowa Central looks like the team to beat. They will await the winner of the Three Rivers and Great Lakes quad in the spring.
The Three Rivers winner and Great Lakes will play on back-to-back days this weekend to see who gets to take on Iowa Central this fall. Franciscan won the Three Rivers and will take on Denison while Robert Morris will battle Great Lakes winner Taylor.
This region holds its playoffs in the spring.