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The first weekend of October brought a Big Ten surprise, a hundred-point debut, a Chicago club upset, and a multitude of dominating victories. Fall rugby is in full swing as the conferences are moving into the meat of their schedules and potential champions are making their mark.

The surprise of D1A was Wisconsin’s 40-24 win over Indiana in Madison, Wis. After an early season loss, Wisconsin beat Michigan State and Michigan before Saturday’s bout with the Hoosiers. Both teams battled in the first half where the Badgers led 27-10 at the half. Indiana cut the lead to 27-24 out of the break, but a pair of penalties by Ben McColgan and a try from Tom Wennerstrum sealed the victory for Wisconsin.

The win pushes Wisconsin to the top of the Big Ten class at 3-0. Michigan State is 2-1 with a 33-0 shutout of Minnesota and Ohio State’s match against Illinois was cut short due to lightning with the Buckeyes up 10-3 at the half.

BYU made its 2018 debut with 113-0 shellacking of Wyoming in head coach Steven St. Pierre’s first test.  In the Rocky Mountain, the battle for Colorado had the Rams defeat the Buffalos, 18-5, and while two of the three games in the Red River were rescheduled, the lone match in the saw Oklahoma slam Texas, 32-3.

Penn State and Kutztown were the big winners in the Rugby East setting up a clash between the two clubs next Saturday. The Nittany Lions took out Saint Bonaventure, 50-15, and the Bears mauled NDC, 27-10.

In the Liberty, Iona continues to be the frontrunner with a 57-15 blasting of Fordham, but Syracuse and Binghamton are close behind with undefeated records. UMass further cemented first place in the New England Division by beating UConn, 48-3. Delaware, SUNY Oswego, Fairfield, Stony Brook, and Boston College were victorious on Saturday.

The annual match for the Shea Cup had Navy venture to Colorado and bring the cup back to Maryland with a 38-22 win over Air Force. The Midshipmen led from the get-go, but the Zoomies made a game of it late. Elsewhere in non-conference play, Notre Dame added another W to its resume with a hard-fought 12-7 defeat of Wheeling Jesuit.

Out in D1AA, Salisbury upset Mount St. Mary’s while James Madison and Mary Washington won in the Chesapeake; all the home teams (Dartmouth, Harvard, and Brown) dominated in the Ivy; Temple, St. Joseph’s, and West Chester earned victories in the MARC; Washington State defeated Eastern Washington in the NCRC; Georgia and Kentucky put up 50 spots in the SCRC; and Lindenwood-Belleville swept the weekend series against Iowa Central Community College and Kansas.

With wins from the Berkeley All Blues, Glendale Merlins, Twin Cities Amazons, and New York, it is getting crowded at the top of the standings in week eight of the WPL. There is a three-way tie in the west as San Diego, Berkeley, and Glendale each have 24 standing points. In the Red division, the Amazons are in front at 4-2-1 and New York and Atlanta trail in second and third places.

Bragging rights were up for grabs in Chicago as the undefeated Lions scrapped with the Griffins on Saturday. The physical melee saw the Griffins lead 12-6 at the half and the advantage changed hands several times in the second. The match came down to the last play as Griffins used an overload to score down the sideline for the 26-23 upset. Also in the Midwest, Columbus beat Cincinnati, St. Louis survived against Palmer, and Metropolis stayed undefeated versus Kansas City.

In the Mid-Atlantic, Rocky Gorge is distancing itself from the pack with a dominant 63-10 win over the Washington Irish as captain Nick Kuhl piled on a hat trick and MLR’s Ben Cima made all nine conversions and added a try. Schuylkill River improved to 3-2 with a 36-27 win over the Potomac Exiles.

Old Blue and Life won by big margins on Saturday setting a huge rematch in New York next weekend. Old Blue blew out NYAC 58-5 in the New York derby and Life shut out Mystic River, 31-0, in Marietta. Old Blue won the first meeting against Life a few weeks ago on the Running Eagles’ home turf and Life will look to return the favor on Saturday.

Finally, Boston earned its first win in women’s DI and Philadelphia improved to 3-0. Charlotte and Raleigh made their debuts in DI on Saturday but were promptly welcomed with a pair of losses. Boston blanked Charlotte, 45-0, while Philly doubled up Raleigh, 27-12. 

Illinois3*Ohio State10*D1A - Big Ten
Minnesota0Michigan State33D1A - Big Ten
Wisconsin40Indiana24D1A - Big Ten
Rutgers15Delaware31D1A - D1A - Liberty
Fordham15Iona57D1A - D1A - Liberty
Albany12Oswego State24D1A - D1A - Liberty
Boston College37Northeastern17D1A - D1A - Liberty
Brockport7Binghamton26D1A - D1A - Liberty
Cortland3Syracuse24D1A - D1A - Liberty
Fairfield29Tufts12D1A - D1A - Liberty
UConn3UMass48D1A - D1A - Liberty
Stony Brook49Rhode Island39D1A - Liberty
Wheeling Jesuit7Notre Dame12D1A - Non-Conference
Air Force22Navy38D1A - Non-Conference
Wyoming0BYU113D1A - Non-Conference
BaylorPostponedTexas TechPostponedD1A - Red River
LSUPostponedNorth TexasPostponedD1A - Red River
Texas3Oklahoma32D1A - Red River
Colorado State18Colorado5D1A - Rocky Mountain
Notre Dame College10Kutztown27D1A - Rugby East
Penn State50Saint Bonaventure15D1A - Rugby East
James Madison33Virginia Tech0D1AA - Chesapeake
Maryland15Mary Washington54D1AA - Chesapeake
Mount St. Mary's5Salisbury21D1AA - Chesapeake
Dartmouth92Columbia6D1AA - Ivy
Harvard33Princeton8D1AA - Ivy
Brown32Yale12D1AA - Ivy
Temple36Pittsburgh14D1AA - Mid-Atlantic
West Virginia17St. Joseph's83D1AA - Mid-Atlantic
Rowan20West Chester22D1AA - Mid-Atlantic
Eastern Washington21Washington State46D1AA - NCRC
Lindenwood-Belleville38Iowa Central16D1AA - Non-Conference
Lindenwood-Belleville50Kansas3D1AA - Non-Conference
Georgia52Auburn12D1AA - SCRC
Ole Miss3Kentucky51D1AA - SCRC
Life31Mystic River0Men's DI Club - Atlantic North/ARP
Old Blue58NYAC5Men's DI Club - Atlantic North/ARP
Potomac Exiles27Schuylkill River Exiles36Men's DI Club - Mid-Atlantic
Rocky Gorge Rugby63Washington Irish10Men's DI Club - Mid-Atlantic
Norfolk BluesPostponedBaltimore-ChesapeakePostponedMen's DI Club - Mid-Atlantic
Columbus Rugby35Cincinnati Wolfhounds22Men's DI Club - Midwest
Chicago Griffins26Chicago Lions23Men's DI Club - Midwest
Palmer College Dragons10St. Louis Bombers12Men's DI Club - Midwest
Metropolis Rugby27Kansas City Blues14Men's DI Club - Midwest
Boston Rugby45Charlotte Rugby0Women's DI Club - Eastern
Philadelphia Rugby27Raleigh Venom12Women's DI Club - Eastern
Berkeley All Blues60Chicago North Shore12Women's Premier League
Glendale Merlins62Oregon Sports Union19Women's Premier League
Twin Cities Amazons25Atlanta Harlequins24Women's Premier League
D.C. Furies12New York Rugby20Women's Premier League


Great job of getting these scores together !! This is one of the many things needed to attract the "followers" (old and new) and this influences sponsorship, local clubs etc etc. a.k.a. Building the Base. Keep it up please.