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Written by Alex Goff & Pat Clifton    Friday, 16 March 2012 14:59    PDF Print Write e-mail
Men's DII College Playoff Update
Colleges - Men's DII College


The DII Men’s college playoff race is ongoing throughout the country, with 11 bids to the Sweet 16 still to be doled out. We take you coast-to-coast to update you on the respective competitions.


MID-ATLANTIC
There are eight teams still in the running for MARFU's two bids to the Sweet 16. The quarterfinals take place March 31 on the campuses of the higher seeds, and the semifinals and finals are April 14-15 at a neutral site. To see the quarterfinal match-ups, follow this link.  

WEST
Three of the four semifinal spots have already been claimed. It's unfortunate how the seeds work out, as Northern Colorado is the champion on the Eastern Rockies, and they'll take on Lindenwood. Those are probably the two best teams in the West, and two of the best teams in the country. It's going to be very hotly contested, too, as Lindenwood managed to pilfer a lot of its first recruiting class from UNC territory -- Colorado Springs. 

In the other semifinal is Central Missouri. The Mules have dominated DII competition in their area, as well as beaten DI-AA Kansas and Truman State. They're an athletic, powerful bunch, but much less polished than UNC and Lindenwood. UCM will play either Texas Tech or St. Edward's, who play March 24 in Austin for the Texas title. When they met earlier this season, St. Ed's won on a last-minute penalty. 

DIXIE
Dixie play is winding down, with just two weeks left. 

In the West, Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) and Northern Alabama have played all their games and are left waiting for the result of Harding’s match with Tennessee-Martin this weekend. 

No matter what, UAB will make the Dixie semifinals. If Harding beats UT-Martin, Harding will win the West and play the second seed from the East. If Harding doesn’t win, Northern Alabama advances as the conference’s second seed, and UAB as the champ. 

In the East, Sewanee has already sewn up the top seed with a 4-0 record. Tennessee Tech is currently in second place, but has played one more game than Lee. Tech and Lee face off this weekend, and if Lee loses, Tech will secure second place. 

SOUTHERN
The Southern Rugby Conference is a little more muddled, as the last three weeks of the regular season finds eight of 12 teams still in playoff contention. The SRC championship weekend will feature the first and second place team from each division fighting for a spot in the national sweet 16. The event will be April 14th and 15th at Elon University.

In the West, three teams control their own destiny. For Appalachian State, College of Charleston and Lander, it is simple -- win out and move on. UNC-Charlotte is still in the mix, but will need a little help.

In the East, UNC-Wilmington has locked up the no. 1 seed. UNC-Greensboro controls its fate –- it has to do is win, and it’s in. Elon and Coastal Carolina also still have a shot by winning out and getting some help.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Three teams sit atop the Southern California DII college league, with UC San Diego 4-2, Cal State Long Beach 3-1-1, and Santa Barbara City College also 3-1-1, but lacking the bonus points to get out of 3rd.

UCSD has two more matches left, against those very same two teams trying to overhaul them. 

Last week the Tritons downed Cal State Fullerton 30-8, a team that edged them earlier in the season, behind tries Isaias Bustos, Steve Lopez, Quintin Dolci, and E.J. Quinto.

It was an important rebound win, and now puts UCSD in a position to take control if they beat Long Beach in San Diego Saturday.

SBCC is probably hoping for a low-scoring tie, and then 

PACIFIC COAST
In Northern California, Sierra College continues to dominate, beating San Jose State 48-14 to improve to 6-0. Santa Rosa JC and Nevada are battling it out for 2nd, but Sierra looks untouchable at the moment.

Oregon Institute of Technology and Western Oregon are both undefeated in the Pacific Northwest. WOU scored big, 55-31, over Boise State on Saturday and 56-10 over Montana on Sunday to close out their regular season.

The PNW playoffs start March 24. The champion of the PNW draws the NorCal champion in the Pacific Coast semifinals, held April 7 in Northern California.

Utah Valley has already sewn up Utah’s bid to the Pacific Coast semifinals, where the Wolverines will take on the second seed out of NorCal, so likely Santa Rosa JC or Nevada.

SOUTH
There are two "conferences" in play. One, the Tournament Conference, consists of Memphis, East Carolina and Western Carolina. These three play each other on March 24th. The winner of that round-robin advances to the South championship April 14-15 in Columbus, Georgia.

They'll play the winner of the Bayou Conference, which is split into two divisions. West Florida is the leader in the East by a large margin. In the West, Tulane is the favorite through three games.

 
Written by Alex Goff    Friday, 16 March 2012 14:56    PDF Print Write e-mail
Tigers, Gators with Something to Prove
Colleges - Men's DI College


Who’s league is better?

That’s a constant question in American rugby, where many leagues and teams play in isolation.

This weekend, we perhaps get something of an answer, as the Southeastern Collegiate Conference Western #1, 4-0 LSU, plays the SEC Eastern #2, 3-1 Florida.

Florida hopes to give a heated welcome to LSU Saturday.The game is in Gainesville and gives the Gators a chance to show they’ve got the tougher conference, and are just as good as the other guys.

“We’re pretty confident that we’re going to give a good performance,” said Florida flyhalf Luca Baistrocchi. “We played them in the fall, but neither side had their best side out there. But we’re confident we can beat LSU. We cannot expect it to be the same game. We know they’re doing really good this season, but so are we.”

Baistrocchi said the team has been working hard on their line speed, and also their running lines, assessing space, and support. They expect, it seems, LSU to kick, and they are working to be prepared.

Defensively Florida has been supremely tough on defense, having scored 162 and given up only 30 in league play. Twenty of those points came in a 20-12 loss to Tennessee February 11; a game Baistrocchi said the players would like to have back.

Defense is solid also with LSU, as the Tigers have won all four of their league games, scoring 194 and giving up a paltry 17. Their last effort was an 85-0 drubbing of Mississippi State, with Daniel Dowd, Will Middleton, Morgan Mills and Jason Pickup all scoring three tries. Dowd came on as a sub at fullback for Pickup, meaning their fullback position claimed six tries. Obviously using their #15 in the line is working for the Tigers, and they will want to punish the Gators the same way.

It wasn’t all offense for LSU, as they held off Mississippi State on several possessions.

It’s a classic clash between two teams on a roll. Despite being the traveling team, LSU should be favored, but they will also be looking forward to perhaps their sternest test of the season so far.

 
Written by Alex Goff    Friday, 16 March 2012 12:48    PDF Print Write e-mail
Super League to Change Playoff Schedule
Clubs - Top Club Leagues


Following his appointment as USA Men's National Team Head Coach Mike Tolkin requested that the Super League look into changing its playoff schedule.

The RSL had schedule their playoffs to have the semis June 2 and the final on June 9. This was when the league was under the impression the USA Men's National Team would not be playing test matches until June 16.

But the Eagles June schedule was changed to June 6, 16 and 23, but failed, as NYAC coach and RuggaMatrix America co-host Bruce McLane pointed out on the latest show, to inform the Super League. McLane learned of the change by accident.

On the current RuggaMatrix America show, McLane revealed that he has been working behind the scenes to honor Tolkin's request and move the semifinals to Memorial Day Weekend (May 26, to be exact), and the final to June 2, thus allowing Eagles on the championship teams to play and still be available for the Eagles.

McLane said he had the votes from the East, but pushed SFGG Boardmember and RSL adminstrator Greg Rocca to support the change, as well. It seems the campaigning has worked, and the League will announce the change soon.

The Semifinals will be held May 26 and the final June 2 at a location to be decided.

 
Written by RUGBYMag Staff    Friday, 16 March 2012 14:24    PDF Print Write e-mail
NC Ruggerfest Scores
School Age - Boys


Scores from the North Carolina Spring Ruggerfest, held March 10-11, 2012.

2012 NC Spring Ruggerfest Scoreboard




Men Single High School Bracket



All Blacks Division Game 1 Game 2 Game 3
Walton RFC (WRFC) WRFC 0 vs SDTn 39 EMNC 26 vs WRFC 07 WRFC 12 vs WMNC 32
South Doyle Boys Rugby Club (SDTn)
WMNC 12 Vs SDTn 31 SDTn 21 vs EMNC 20
East Mecklenburg (EMNC)


West Mecklenburg Men (WMNC)










Lions Division Game 1 Game 2 Game 3
Hudson Rugby Club (HORC) MP 05 vs UPaA 05 MP 21 vs HORC 005 HORC 00 vs UPaA 29
Unionville U-19 Men A (UPaA) ConNC 35 vs HORC 00 ConNC 00 Vs UPaA 36 MP 20 vs ConNC 05
Myers Park (MPNC)


Concord (ConNC)






Tongan Division Game 1 Game 2 Game 3
Bishop Dwenger Rugby Club (BDIn) 2 PHNC 14 vs PGaA 12 BDIn 00 vs SDtn 31
Pope Greyhounds A (PGaA) 1 BDIn 07 vs PHNC 40
PGaA 15 vs  BDIn 14
Providence High School (PHNC) 2










Eagles Division Game 1 Game 2 Game 3
Chapin B side (ChapSC) 2 CCNC 37 vs Pope B 00 CCNC 45 vs UPaB 00 UPaB 22 vs Pope B 00
Pope Greyhounds B (PopeB) 2 ChapSC 50 vs UPaB 00 ChapSC 57 Vs Pope B 00 ChapSC 10 vs CCNC 05
Charlotte Catholic B (CCNC) 2


Unionville U-19 Men B (UPaB) 2






Outside Bracket Games


HORC 12 vs WMNC 32
Winners:
PHNC 24 vs Chap SC 07
All Blacks Division South Doyle Tennessee
EMNC 00 Vs PGaA 00
Lions Division Unionville, Pa (point differential)


Tongan Division Providence HS


Eagles Division Chapin, SC B








Wallabies Division Saturday Game 2 Game 3
NC Combined Team (RRNC) 2 Game 1 RRNC 20 vs MNJ 00 MRNJ 00 vs  WOA 75
Worms Rugby (WOA) 2 MNC 18 vs MNJ 05 WOA 59 Vs MNC 00 MNC 05 vs RRNC 00
Morris Rugby (MNJ) 2 RRNC 00 vs WOA 75

Matthews U-19 Men (MNC) 2






Le Blue Division
Game 2 Game 3
Tigers Rugby Club (SMT) 2 Game 1 FMd 05 vs UCNC 15 AgaA 00 vs  FMd 00
Fredrich RFC (FMd) 2 FMd 00 vs SMT 37 SMT 37 Vs AgaA 12 SMT 00 vs UCNC 05
Union County (UCNC) 2 UCNC 17 vs AgaA 22

Alpharetta Phoenix RFC A (AgaA) 2






Springbok Division
Game 2 Game 3
Chapel Hill Highlanders (CHNC) 2 Game 1 CHNC 34 VS WOB 08 WOB 14 vs Wva 22
Warrenton, Va U-17 (WVa) 2 NMNC 07 vs WOB 19 NMNC 00 vs Wva 42 CHNC 27 vs NMNC 14
North Meck Men (NMNC) 2 CHNC 12 Vs Wva 17

Worms Rugby B (WOB) 2






Outside Bracket Games
Winners:
Chapel Hill 10 UCNC 16
Wallabies Division Westerville Worms
AgaA 14 vs  Matthews NC 17
Le Blue Division No Winner - Injury Withdrawal


Springbok Division Warrenton, Va








Women High School Bracket





Sunday

Saturday Game 2 Game 3
Charlotte U-19 Women (CNC) 2 Game 1 WM 00 v Kga 10 HRO 00 vs Kga 15
Kennasaw(KGa) 2 CNC 07 v Kga 20 HRO 07 v UPA  20 UPa  20 vs WM  05
Hudson Rugby Club (HRO) 2 HRO 17 v WM 05

Unionville (UPa) 2 CNC 00 v Upa 15

West Meck Women (WM) 2






Game 4 Outside (bracket) Win 1pt Tie/loss 0
Co Winners
CNC  05 vs WM  10
Unionville, Pa


Kennesaw, Ga




Boys U-15 Bracket





Sunday

Saturday Game 2 Game 3
South Charlotte Rugby Club (SCRC) 1 Game 1 AGA 00 vs Matt 32 SCRC 32 vs Upa 14
Warrenton, Va U-14 (WVA) 2 CSC 00 vs Matt 36 CSC 05 vs Upa 41 Matt 15 vs WVA 20
Chapin SC (CSC) 3 AGA 24 vs Upa 00 CSC 00 vs Wva 31 SCRC 05 v AGA 24
Unionville U-14 Men (UPa) 2 SCRC 26 vs Wva 34

Alpharetta (AGA) 2


Matthews U-14 Men (Matt) 2










Winner


Warrenton, Va.







 
Written by RUGBYMag Staff    Friday, 16 March 2012 11:35    PDF Print Write e-mail
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