The Mid-Atlantic region kicks off its women’s DII club playoffs this weekend, but won’t name its representative to the National Conference Championship until April 26, which is a weekend early than most regions (except Southern California). Below is a summary of all of the competitive regions’ playoffs and who’s in the best spot to compete in them:
NCR1 – Midwest
April 26: Quarterfinals
1 - East A #1 v East B#2
2 - East B #1 v East A#2
3 - West A #1 v West B#2
4 - West B #1 v West A #2
May 3: Semifinals
Winners 1 v 3
Winners 2 v 4
May 4: Final
East A – No one’s come close to beating reigning DII champ Pittsburgh, so expect the Angels to take the top seed. Although Cleveland (4-3, 21 points) and Buffalo (4-2, 19 points) are neck and neck for second, the Iron Maidens will likely move onto post-season. Cleveland has Rochester, which the Ohio side beat 70-15 in the fall, remaining and should finish 5-3 with 26 points. Buffalo should split its remaining two games – loss to Angels, win against the Highlanders – but probably won’t bank any bonus points against the DII champs, meaning the New York side will fall short on standings points.
East B – Cincinnati (6-1) and Scioto Valley (5-2) have all but locked up the top spots. Cincy will take the top spot so long as it wins this Saturday’s game against last-place Louisville, and Scioto Valley will take #2 with a win against Akron (1-4-1) the following weekend.
West A – It’s been a two-team race in this group, with County Will and Chicago Sirens splitting games with each other for their 5-1 records. Both have games this weekend and next, and then the Midwest reps will be named to the quarterfinals.
West B – This league is arguably the most competitive and strongest in the Midwest. Wisconsin leads the pack at 6-0, and a win against Palmer on Saturday will guarantee the top seed. Wisconsin gets good competition from Twin Cities (5-2, 25 points) and Milwaukee Scylla (4-3, 21 points), which has impressed in the spring pre-season. The hunt for second place is a tight one, and it’ll come down to bonus points and possibly point differential as a decision-maker.
NCR2 – Southeast
May 3: Quarterfinals @ Columbia, S.C.
1 – Florida (Fort Miami) vs. Carolina 2
2 – Florida 2 vs. Carolina 1
3 – True South 1 vs. Wild Card (True South 3)
4 – True South 2 vs. Atlanta (ARC Angels)
May 4: Semifinals & Final
5- Winner 1 vs. Winner 2
6- Winner 3 vs. Winner 4
Final: Winners 5 vs. 6
The Southeast has a grueling championship ahead. On Saturday, May 3, teams will play quarterfinals at 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. (25-minute halves) and then semifinals at 1 p.m. (also 25-minute halves). The championship will be an 80-minute game and played Sunday, May 4.
Fort Miami and ARC Angels are the only teams that have guaranteed their spots in the regional championship. The Florida champ competes in a three-team league, and ARC is the only team in Georgia. The True South has four teams and has three spots at regionals, as the conference is first in the Wild Card rotation. Nashville is looking the strongest but Lagniappe (combination of New Orleans and Baton Rouge) could make a late surge.
Carolina is the largest conference with seven teams and will send two to the quarterfinals. Augusta is the only defeated team in the Southeast, and Eno River is looking good at 3-1 as well.
The regular season extends until April 26.
NCR3 – Northeast
May 3 – Semifinals @ Burlington, Vt.
Beantown (#1) vs. #4 (Brooklyn or Charles River)
Burlington (#2) vs. #3 (Brooklyn or Charles River)
May 4 – Final
The Northeast finished its league season in the fall, except for one match, and that game will determine the third and fourth seeds to semifinals. Beantown is top dog and regional championship host Burlington is number two. Brooklyn and Charles River are third and fourth respectively, however, the two will play on April 26 to determine the final seeds. The loser plays Beantown in the semifinals and the winner plays Burlington.
NCR4 – Mid-Atlantic
April 5 – Semifinals (higher seed hosts)
Severn River (North 1) vs Raleigh (South 2)
Norfolk (South 1) vs Brandywine (North 2)
April 26 – Final @ Wilmington, DE
National Conference Championship
May 17 – Semifinals @ Pittsburgh
NCR 1 (Midwest) vs. NCR4 (Mid-Atlantic)
NCR2 (Southeast) vs. NCR3 (Northeast)
May 18 – final
ACR1 (Pacific Northwest and Northern California)
May 3 – Championship
Pac NW #1 vs. NorCal #1
The Pacific Northwest will come down to Portland and Boise. The teams have traded losses, for their only losses of the split season, and both were decided by seven points or fewer. Portland represented the region at nationals last year.
The PNW will be decided on standings, as will Northern California. San Francisco Golden Gate is the unequivocal power in this region and will play either Portland or Boise on May 3 to decide who heads to Madison, Wisc., to represent the region.
ACR2 – Southern California
April 26 – Semifinals
Las Vegas (#1) vs. #4
#2 vs. #3
Las Vegas is the heavy favorite to repeat as SoCal champ, but the Slots will have to exit the semifinals unscathed on April 26. Fullerton gave Las Vegas its best game of the season and should come in as the second seed. In all likelihood, San Fernando and Ventura will round out the semifinalists.
ACR3 – Heart of America
May 3-4 Championship
Information out of this region is incomplete. The schedule is rife with cancellations, forfeits and reschedules that it’s difficult to know if scores are official, friendly or just unreported. All we can say for sure is that the playoffs begin on May 3. Kansas University and KC Jazz are the most promising teams out of this region.
ACR4 – Red River (Texas region) – n/a
There are no DII teams in this conference; they’re all competing in DI. We’re waiting on a response from USA Rugby regarding who gets this vacated seed, but it would make sense to give it to either the Pacific Northwest or Northern California team that didn’t win the ACR1 (simply based on the number of teams competing in each region).
American Conference Championship
May 17 – Semifinals @ Dallas
ACR1 (Pac NW/NorCal) vs. ACR4 (n/a)
ACR2 (SoCal) vs. ACR3 (Heart of America)
May 18 – final
USA Rugby National Championship
May 31 – Final @ Madison, Wisc.
American Conference Champ vs. National Conference Champ