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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.
|Illinois||3*||Ohio State||10*||D1A - Big Ten|
|Minnesota||0||Michigan State||33||D1A - Big Ten|
|Wisconsin||40||Indiana||24||D1A - Big Ten|
|Rutgers||15||Delaware||31||D1A - D1A - Liberty|
|Fordham||15||Iona||57||D1A - D1A - Liberty|
|Albany||12||Oswego State||24||D1A - D1A - Liberty|
|Boston College||37||Northeastern||17||D1A - D1A - Liberty|
|Brockport||7||Binghamton||26||D1A - D1A - Liberty|
|Cortland||3||Syracuse||24||D1A - D1A - Liberty|
|Fairfield||29||Tufts||12||D1A - D1A - Liberty|
|UConn||3||UMass||48||D1A - D1A - Liberty|
|Stony Brook||49||Rhode Island||39||D1A - Liberty|
|Wheeling Jesuit||7||Notre Dame||12||D1A - Non-Conference|
|Air Force||22||Navy||38||D1A - Non-Conference|
|Wyoming||0||BYU||113||D1A - Non-Conference|
|Baylor||Postponed||Texas Tech||Postponed||D1A - Red River|
|LSU||Postponed||North Texas||Postponed||D1A - Red River|
|Texas||3||Oklahoma||32||D1A - Red River|
|Colorado State||18||Colorado||5||D1A - Rocky Mountain|
|Notre Dame College||10||Kutztown||27||D1A - Rugby East|
|Penn State||50||Saint Bonaventure||15||D1A - Rugby East|
|James Madison||33||Virginia Tech||0||D1AA - Chesapeake|
|Maryland||15||Mary Washington||54||D1AA - Chesapeake|
|Mount St. Mary's||5||Salisbury||21||D1AA - Chesapeake|
|Dartmouth||92||Columbia||6||D1AA - Ivy|
|Harvard||33||Princeton||8||D1AA - Ivy|
|Brown||32||Yale||12||D1AA - Ivy|
|Temple||36||Pittsburgh||14||D1AA - Mid-Atlantic|
|West Virginia||17||St. Joseph's||83||D1AA - Mid-Atlantic|
|Rowan||20||West Chester||22||D1AA - Mid-Atlantic|
|Eastern Washington||21||Washington State||46||D1AA - NCRC|
|Lindenwood-Belleville||38||Iowa Central||16||D1AA - Non-Conference|
|Lindenwood-Belleville||50||Kansas||3||D1AA - Non-Conference|
|Georgia||52||Auburn||12||D1AA - SCRC|
|Ole Miss||3||Kentucky||51||D1AA - SCRC|
|Life||31||Mystic River||0||Men's DI Club - Atlantic North/ARP|
|Old Blue||58||NYAC||5||Men's DI Club - Atlantic North/ARP|
|Potomac Exiles||27||Schuylkill River Exiles||36||Men's DI Club - Mid-Atlantic|
|Rocky Gorge Rugby||63||Washington Irish||10||Men's DI Club - Mid-Atlantic|
|Norfolk Blues||Postponed||Baltimore-Chesapeake||Postponed||Men's DI Club - Mid-Atlantic|
|Columbus Rugby||35||Cincinnati Wolfhounds||22||Men's DI Club - Midwest|
|Chicago Griffins||26||Chicago Lions||23||Men's DI Club - Midwest|
|Palmer College Dragons||10||St. Louis Bombers||12||Men's DI Club - Midwest|
|Metropolis Rugby||27||Kansas City Blues||14||Men's DI Club - Midwest|
|Boston Rugby||45||Charlotte Rugby||0||Women's DI Club - Eastern|
|Philadelphia Rugby||27||Raleigh Venom||12||Women's DI Club - Eastern|
|Berkeley All Blues||60||Chicago North Shore||12||Women's Premier League|
|Glendale Merlins||62||Oregon Sports Union||19||Women's Premier League|
|Twin Cities Amazons||25||Atlanta Harlequins||24||Women's Premier League|
|D.C. Furies||12||New York Rugby||20||Women's Premier League|