Men DII College News
We're down to four teams in the Men's DII College playoffs after this past weekend's two-game playoffs.
Here's the rundown.
It’s serious playoff time now in Men’s DII, and one wonders if anyone can catch Wisconsin Whitewater.
Did USA Rugby do it right after all?
Plenty of DII college rugby fans weren't happy with the choice of at-large teams.
USA Rugby collegiate jefe Rich Cortez said it was a tough choice, and acknowledged to Goff Rugby Report that maybe the MARC deserved a second seed, and perhaps there shouldn't be a #3 team in the playoffs.
RPI defeated Sacred Heart 32-27 to win the Tri-State Conference for the second time in three years.
"We were able to prove what we thought, which is we're able to play at a top level for a full game," said hooker Ray Lanzillo, who led a strong forward effort, especially in the lineouts. "We always come out really hard, but in this game we played hard for a full 80 minutes."
We're down to one more DII playoff spot to be decided.
Sunday, RPI hosts Sacred Heart in the Tri-State final.
Saturday, the play-ins were held, and the WIIL Conference came out of it pretty well.
#2 Illinois State edged the Midwest winner IUPUI 24-21. The WIIl #3, UW-Milwaukee, defeated Minnesota-Duluth 39-31 to halt Duluth's longtime run to the national final four.
Men's DII College games this weekend.
All of these games are conference playoffs.
Tri-State Conference Semis
Sacred Heart 24 Marist 12
RPI 27 Siena 17
Tri-State will play its final November 11, RPI v Sacred Heart.
Cardinals Conference Semis
NC State 17 Northern Virginia Griffins 12
USA Rugby has released its Men's DII College playoff bracket.
Here's how it looks:
For those who don't want to scroll around looking at the picture, here's the breakdown:
The two strongest Upstate NY DII college teams are back facing off for the conference title this coming weekend - to no one's surprise.
This past weekend in the semifinals, #2 seed Geneseo shut out Fredonia 51-0, while Oswego handed Buffalo State a 42-5 defeat.
RPI is into the semifinals of the Tri-State Conference after defeating the US Merchant Marine Academy.
Games this weekend of October 27-29 in DII college rugby, including several playoffs.
Xavier of Cincinnati and IUPUI are standing at 6-0 in the Midwest DII/NSCRO league, and it looks like the two teams are on a collision course this weekend in the conference final four.
Two weeks of data plus some upsets means we have a TON of moves in the Men's DII college rankings.
Furman drops. So does Sacred Heart. So does Western State. RPI gets a boost, and so does UNC-Charlotte, Middlebury, Bloomsburg and other MARC teams, and Quinnipiac.