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With teams across the nation preparing for the playoffs, the end of March brought some dominant victories and surprising results. The teams in the collegiate ranks contined to jockey for position ahead of the postseason while wrapping up their conference schedules. In elite play, the MLR preseason ensued with some eye-opening outcomes and the big dogs in the PRP prevailed at Treasure Island.
Life, BYU, and Lindenwood dispatched the competition in D1A with ease this weekend. Life completed its season sweep of the Mid-South with a 93-9 thrashing of Clemson and Lindenwood finished in second with a 31-10 victory over Davenport. Having finished its conference schedule last week, Arkansas State earned a confidence booster with a 48-14 win over Indiana in its final game before the playoffs.
In the annual match for the Wasatch Cup on Friday night, BYU put on a clinic against Utah to win, 77-3. In other non-conference action, Central Washington dispatched Utah Valley, 48-36, in what was described as an ugly game and Arizona State cracked New Mexico, 50-5.
In the closest match of Saturday, Penn State notched a one-point 41-40 win over Army in West Point, N.Y. The match featured six lead changes including three in the last ten minutes. Down by eight points at halftime, the Nittany Lions clawed back in the final minutes and a Brendan McCabe penalty at the end was the game-winner for Penn State.
The MLR preseason entered its fourth month of preparation ahead of the league opener set for the end of April. The Glendale Raptors welcomed the Utah Warriros to professional rugby with a thorough lashing while an improving NOLA Gold club earned a decisive win against the Austin Elite. Lastly, Rugby United NY almost doubled up Mystic River in the second match of a home and home series.
In club land, all of the PRP gathered in San Francisco, Calif. at Treasure Island for a Saturday triple-header. OMBAC was tested by Life West pushing the undefeated team in the edge but withstood the barrage winning 39-33. SFGG and Belmont Shore kept pace with the frontrunner beating Santa Monica, 43-17, and Olympic Club, 44-10, respectively. In the lone DI match elsewhere, Rocky Gorge remained perfect in the Mid-Atlantic with a 61-22 win against Schuylkill River.