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It’s playoff season in college as the club ranks wrapped up the fall. The D1A Liberty Conference capped off its inaugural season with a seven-game postseason challenge that saw some awe-inspiring rugby. The playoffs in the D1AA, DII, and NSCRO are in full effect, while Arkansas State, St. Mary’s, and Navy won big in D1A. Lastly, Columbus-Scioto Valley prevented the Metropolis’ perfect season in the DI Midwest with Cincinnati, Kansas City, Milwaukee, and Pittsburgh completing the fall with victories.
At the Liberty Challenge at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Conn., rugby was played for 12 hours straight. Seven intriguing tests displayed the best of Northeast rugby with Fordham upsetting AIC, Northeastern remaining unbeaten against Cortland, Rhode Island toughing it out versus Syracuse, Binghamton edging UConn, Fairfield blowing out Albany, and UMass dispatching Stony Brook.
Back to back days of playoffs in the DII College saw 16 teams get narrowed down to four for the championship semifinals on December 2nd. UW-Whitewater, Grand Valley State, North Dakota State, Illinois State, Norwich, Hartford, VMI, and Bloomsburg emerged from Saturday to play on Sunday.
In the DII Semifinals, UW-Whitewater beat Grand Valley State, 21-12, North Dakota State clipped Illinois State, 21-5, Norwich doubled up Hartford, 41-19, and VMI crushed Bloomsburg, 43-5. UW-Whitewater will play NDSU in the first semifinal and Norwich draws VMI in the second.
Same as DII, D1AA played the two-day quarterfinals and semifinals this weekend. On Saturday, Bowling Green State outlasted James Madison, 10-7, St. Joe’s edged Tennessee, 13-10, Kentucky outscored Western Michigan, 59-25, and Mary Washington blasted Rowan, 43-12. On the Semifinal Sunday, St. Joe’s cracked BGSU, 29-10 and Mary Washington ripped Kentucky, 38-7. The Hawks and Mothers will now rest up and meet for the D1AA Fall Championship on December 3rd.
The web of the NSCRO playoffs is coming in focus with eight games on the docket this weekend. In the Northeast Region 1, Salve Regina and Maine-Farmington battled to represent the region and Salve Regina emerged victorious 46-22. The Central East Cup will be decided today between Franciscan and Taylor.
In D1A, St. Mary’s, Arkansas State, and Navy had no trouble closing out their fall seasons. In the Red River, LSU, Baylor, and Texas A&M each beat their opponent by an average of 42 points.
The last weekend of the DI Midwest and Mid-Atlantic saw the streak end. Metropolis stretched its undefeated record to 13 games in the Marathon Midwest. In its final game against Columbus-Scioto Valley, the back and forth match ended with a one point 34-33 Columbus win. Cincinnati, Kansas City, and Milwaukee also added wins to their totals and Pittsburgh ended its fall with a 33-29 victory over BC.
Finally, MLR’s Houston Sabercats played its first full game on Saturday. The Dallas Reds gave the Sabercats everything it could handle but ultimately won 31-24.