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Weekly College Insider: Lots of DII Action

by Ted Hardy, Editor, Rugby America

In this week’s installment of Rugby America’s weekly roundup of college rugby action we have a bevy of coverage from all around and in multiple division. Results from this past weekend of play in the Atlantic Coast and College Premier have already been covered, so here we’re focusing on everything else.

Northwest Collegiate Rugby Conference (DI)

In the NCRC, Washington State (3-1) continued to pressure the conference leaders with a sound 24-0 shutout of Central Washington (2-4).

South (DI)

The Florida Gators got back in the win column after suffering an eye-opening tie against South Carolina last weekend. The Gators beat the University of Georgia 31-8 and are just a couple wins away from locking up the South DI championship. Their upcoming match with Florida State is one of the most anticipated games on the upcoming college rugby calendar.

Southern California (DI)

Loyola Marymount and USC Pack Down (Photo credit: Nathan Podshadley)

Loyola Marymount took it to USC with a 61-7 drubbing. Loyola ran in 9 tries in the dominating effort, with three coming from Man of the Match Josh Calistro. Gianluca Keeler converted eight of the Lions nine tries scored in the game.

South (DII)

The University of South Florida took home the South Men’s DII Championship with a 29-11 win over Eastern Carolina. USF reached the final with a 27-5 win over Middle Tennessee State while ECU reached the championship with a 22-9 win over Vanderbilt.

Lee University took home the South Women’s DII title with a 17-10 decision over UNC-Charlotte. Here’s the part where you’re left scratching your head… by winning the title, Lee University now gets a regional date in San Diego, California.

Where is runner-up Charlotte headed? Florida. How’s that for fair?

There isn’t a whole lot to say about forcing a small program with limited funding to travel across the country for a regional event. If you haven’t already, read this article and ask yourself if you think the money could be better spent elsewhere.

West (DII)

Out West, another title was decided. St. Louis University took down Rice 23-12 to win the West DII title. St. Louis defeated Arkansas 34-21 to reach the final while Rice beat Colorado College 27-7 to move on.

Rugby Northeast (DII)

The teams of the new Division II conferece… Rugby Northeast are shaking off the frost and getting back into the swing of things. Some of which are preparing for a run at nationals. One of which, Bentley, had a doubleheader this weekend. Bentley defeated Babson 28-5 and then turned around and roughed up Bryant 52-5. Bentley is the Northeast’s #3 seed going into the playoffs.

In other Rugby Northeast action, American International narrowly got by Springfield 25-24 in a hotly contested match.

Non-Conference (DI)

It wasn’t a College Premier match, but Notre Dame and Ohio State lacked horns in a non-conference matchup this past weekend at the famed Cincinnati Moeller High School football stadium. After a week of taking Rookie Rugby to schools in the area and introducing thousands of area children to rugby, fans were treated to a great curtain raiser between Moeller HS and St. Xavier HS. Both schools now recognize rugby as a varsity sport and could become HS rugby powers in the coming years.

Following Moeller’s win over Xavier, Notre Dame defeated Ohio State 36-8 in what will hopefully become a yearly event between the two famed institutions.

4 comments on “Weekly College Insider: Lots of DII Action

  1. Jason Gatties
    March 28, 2011

    My guy on the scene told me Notre Dame looked pretty good. Apparently, they’re much improved compared to a year..even two years ago. He said “Don’t be shocked when they do better than expected in the CPD this season.”

    I’m hoping to make it down to South Bend at some point this season to see for myself.

  2. Rugby America
    March 28, 2011

    I have heard similar reports about ND. Even though it appears that LSU is a bit down this season, Notre Dame going down there and coming back with a win was impressive. It could have set the tone for their season.

  3. Big5
    March 28, 2011

    I was at the ND v Ohio State game too. ND is better than I thought they’d be, that’s for sure. Their #5 is a stud. They capitalized on OSU’s mistakes in the backline and their kicking game was far superior to OSU. The fullback for OSU was out of position all day and cost them two tries in the 2nd half. It was a 12-8 game at the half and then like in every game OSU has played so far this year, they couldn’t keep it up in the 2nd half. Those boys need some conditioning. OSU has a good #8 though. hard runner.

    I was more impressed with ND’s funding though and not their rugby, I can see them doing very well in the future because of it. Those boys rolled up in a touring bus while OSU came in their cars. Just a class program that coach has. I can seriously see ND taking their rugby to the next level.

    Also to touch on the Moeller program, these kids are for real. They are a fully funded sport now and they acted like it. The games were broadcast live on ustream, they had probably 500 people there watching the high school game, cheerleaders, news stations, they handed out about a 100 free t-shirts… the whole nine. Their entire defensive line for the football team is playing rugby. their fly-half was 6’2″ 285lbs…. these kids were good, but again even more impressed with the support and funding they have. Unfortunately most of them will be taking full-rides for football next year, but talk about a program to recruit from…. wow.

  4. RugbyFan
    March 29, 2011

    That picture is pretty dope. Especially when you click on it and get the big version.

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