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It’s a relatively humdrum weekend in DII rugby, with only two matches between ranked opponents. They come in the Gateway Conference, where No. 14 Central Missouri travels to Southern Illinois, and New England, where No. 17 Rhode Island faces off against No. 16 Boston University.

The Salukis won the Illinois LAU last year and Central Missouri won the Heart of America. SIU is riding high off of back-to-back wins to start the season, 27-7 over Missouri S&T and 84-0 over UMKC. Central is seething after a 19-0 loss at home to No. 13 Saint Louis to start the season.

Boston University opened the league season with a disappointing loss, falling 43-10 to 2006 DII National Champions Coast Guard. The Terriers have their hands full with URI, who is 1-1 after a ranked preseason loss to No. 15 Providence and a New England opening win, 24-15, over Tufts.

One conference, the Cardinals Conference, kicks off its inaugural season Saturday. The Virginia-based league has a massive game from the jump, with No. 18 Radford playing James Madison. James Madison opened its preseason with a 34-10 win over DI-AA Shippensburg and looks good. Radford is a two-time National Champ. The winner of this game will be in poll position to win the league.

Mid-Atlantic
Villanova (0-1) vs. Drexel (0-0)
TCNJ (1-0) vs. Rowan (1-0)
Lehigh (0-1) vs. #24 East Stroudsburg (1-0)
Lock Haven (1-0) vs. Lafayette (0-0)
Bloomsburg (0-1) vs. Scranton (0-1)

New England
Vermont (1-0) vs. Norwich (0-0)
New Hampshire (0-1) vs. Tufts (0-1)
#17 Rhode Island (1-0) vs. #16 Boston U. (0-1)

WIIL
#1 UW-Whitewater vs. UW-Lacrosse
UW-Platteville vs. UW-Stout
#5 UW-Milwaukee vs. Northern Michigan
Illinois State (1-0) vs. UIC (0-1)

Tri States

Sacred Heart (0-2) vs. Vassar (2-0)
Molloy (1-1) vs. Hofstra (0-1)
Fairfield (1-0) vs. William Paterson (0-2)
Seton Hall (1-1) vs. Marist (1-1)

Cardinals
#18 Radford vs. James Madison
William & Mary vs. Longwood
Richmond vs. VCU

NY Upstate
Fredonia (1-1) vs. Buffalo State (1-1)
Le Moyne (0-2) vs. #11 Colgate (2-0)
Rochester (0-2) vs. Geneseo (1-1)
Plattsburgh (1-1) vs. Hamilton (1-0)
Ithaca (1-1) vs. Niagara (2-0)
RPI (1-1) vs. Oswego (0-1)

Northern Lights
North Dakota (1-0) vs. Bemidji (0-1)
St. Cloud (0-1) vs. Duluth (0-1)
North Dakota (0-1) vs. Mankato (1-0)
Winona (1-0) vs. Northern Iowa (1-0)

Great Lakes
Ferris State (0-0) vs. Wayne State (0-0-1)
Saginaw Valley (0-0) vs. Marshall (0-1)
IUP (1-0) vs. Kent State (0-1)
Lousiville (0-1) vs. Xavier (1-0)

Rugby Northeast
UMass Lowell (0-1) vs. #12 Bentley (1-0)
Saint Anselm (0-1) vs. Stonehill (0-1)
Saint Michael’s (1-0) vs. #15 Providence (1-0)
Merrimack (0-0) vs. Holy Cross (1-0)

Gateway
#14 Central Missouri (0-1) vs. #25 Southern Illinois (2-0)
Principia (2-0) vs. #13 Saint Louis (1-0)
Washington (0-1) vs. UMKC (0-2)

Potomac
George Washington (0-1) vs. John’s Hopkins (0-1)
Mt. St. Mary’s (0-1) vs. #23 Georgetown (1-0)
UMBC (0-0) vs. #2  Salisbury (1-0)