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It’s heating up all over the country as the first day of fall descended upon rugby in the USA. Almost 50 games were played in the top levels of D1A, D1AA, DI Men’s and Women’s Club, and the WPL. It’s still early in most schedules, but big games marked huge returns for squads.

The big "wow" match in D1A was the near upset of Navy against Mary Washington on Friday night. Down 14-0 at the half, the Midshipmen stormed back with an increased emphasis on accuracy and physicality to win 15-14. Other interesting results in D1A include a 17-17 tie between AIC and Fordham, Notre Dame’s 33-28 defeat of Ohio State, Army beating Iona 29-19, Colorado takes the rivalry match against Colorado State 20-17, and NDC and SBU winning in the Rugby East.

In D1AA, Towson, Mount St. Mary’s, and Virginia Tech won in competitive matches in the Chesapeake; Penn, Yale, and Dartmouth put up big numbers in the Ivy; West Chester, Rowan, and Pitt were victorious in the Mid-Atlantic; Kennesaw State and South Carolina prevailed in the SCRC.

The most significant result of the third weekend of play in DI Men’s club saw Old Blue beat Life, 33-27, on the road in Georgia. Old Blue was down early but took the lead before halftime. Life came back for the 27-26 lead in the 72nd minute, but the New Yorkers responded immediately with a try and held on for the win. The other result in the ARP had NYAC outscore Mystic River, 40-32.

In a somewhat surprising outcome, Norfolk tied Potomac in the Mid-Atlantic, meanwhile, Pittsburgh and the Washington Irish took care of business against Schuylkill River and NOVA. In the Midwest, Metropolis withstood a big test from Palmer for a three-point win, the Chicago Griffins beat Columbus, the Detroit Tradesmen pushed its record to 3-0 by edging Cincinnati, and Kansas City outlasted Milwaukee 39-33.

In the WPL, there were three matches that were never in doubt and one nail-biter. Atlanta, Twin Cities, and San Diego cruised in wins at home and ORSU came back on the final play to beat Chicago North Shore, 26-24. Lastly, in the second match of Women's DI Club, Philadelphia blew out its second opponent by cracking Boston, 64-7.

Michigan12Purdue22D1A - Big Ten
Michigan State12Wisconsin38D1A - Big Ten
Fordham17American International College17D1A - Liberty
Colgate5Albany10D1A - Liberty
Cortland32Oswego State29D1A - Liberty
Fairfield20UConn27D1A - Liberty
Northeastern17UMass32D1A - Liberty
Rhode Island7Boston College49D1A - Liberty
Syracuse74Brockport12D1A - Liberty
Navy15Mary Washington14D1A - Non-Conference
Arkansas State109Mississippi0D1A - Non-Conference
Ohio State28Notre Dame33D1A - Non-Conference
Davenport84Western Michigan7D1A - Non-Conference
Army29Iona19D1A - Non-Conference
Illinois34Iowa State19D1A - Non-Conference
Texas A&M69Texas0D1A - Red River
Texas Tech13Arkansas42D1A - Red River
Air ForceCancelledNew MexicoCancelledD1A - Rocky Mountain
Colorado20Colorado State17D1A - Rocky Mountain
Utah State62Wyoming5D1A - Rocky Mountain
Notre Dame College48Wheeling Jesuit5D1A - Rugby East
Saint Bonaventure74Buffalo20D1A - Rugby East
Towson25James Madison24D1AA - Chesapeake
Mount St. Mary's46Maryland41D1AA - Chesapeake
Virginia Tech33Salisbury12D1AA - Chesapeake
Columbia10Penn40D1AA - Ivy
Yale82Cornell5D1AA - Ivy
Dartmouth55Harvard13D1AA - Ivy
West Chester26Temple10D1AA - Mid-Atlantic
Indiana (PA)3Rowan34D1AA - Mid-Atlantic
Pittsburgh43West Virginia12D1AA - Mid-Atlantic
IdahoWashington StateD1AA - NCRC
Auburn3Kennesaw State44D1AA - SCRC
South Carolina29Georgia10D1AA - SCRC
Middle Tennessee StateMississippi StateD1AA - SCRC
Life27Old Blue33Men's DI Club - Atlantic North/ARP
NYAC40Mystic River32Men's DI Club - Atlantic North/ARP
Pittsburgh Harlequins36Schuylkill River Exiles15Men's DI Club - Mid-Atlantic
Norfolk Blues17Potomac Exiles17Men's DI Club - Mid-Atlantic
Washington Irish33Northern Virginia Rugby15Men's DI Club - Mid-Atlantic
Detroit Tradesmen29Cincinnati Wolfhounds22Men's DI Club - Midwest
Chicago Griffins36Columbus Rugby19Men's DI Club - Midwest
Palmer College Dragons19Metropolis Rugby22Men's DI Club - Midwest
Milwaukee Barbarians34Kansas City Blues39Men's DI Club - Midwest
Philadelphia Rugby64Boston Rugby7Women's DI Club - Eastern
Atlanta Harlequins43Beantown Rugby12Women's Premier League
Twin Cities Amazons58D.C. Furies15Women's Premier League
Chicago North Shore24Oregon Sports Union26Women's Premier League
San Diego Surfers43Berkeley All Blues5Women's Premier League