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Bowling Green, NDC to DIAA Fall Final

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Bowling Green, NDC to DIAA Fall Final

Who says locks can't score breakaway tries? Sam Ciancutti goes all the way for BGSU. Photo courtesy Bowling Green Rugby.

Bowling Green and Notre Dame College will face off for the DIAA championship at Furman University the weekend of December 3 as both teams won very close semis Sunday.

BGSU edged Lindenwood-Belleville 24-12. L-B ran out to a 12-0 lead, but Bowling Green hauled the Lynx back with a try from Alex Cranmer that made it 12-7 at the break. The game remained 12-7 until very late in the game. Bowling Green tied the game when Ryan Steinmetz went down the touchline. The L-B players (some of them at least) were convinced Steinmetz had stepped into touch. But the referee disagreed and the tying try stood.

Then wing Chris Labadie raced in for the go-ahead try, and right from the restart, lock Sam Ciancutti rumbled 50 meters to put the game away. Lindenwood-Belleville Coach Pat Clifton said he was unhappy with a couple of circumstances in the game, but added that "we put the ball on the floor too many times and we made a few dumb decisions in regards to exiting."

It was certainly a contentious game, but Bowling Green emerged the winners.

Notre Dame College won an even tighter game. The conditions at Pittsburgh were atrocious, as rain, snow, and wind made for a mudbowl. The game was achingly slow, but Cincinnati did manage to get a try in. Just before the break, prop Andrew Guerra trundled over. And then, in the second half, captain Spencer Duncan scored a try. And that was it. The high-flying Notre Dame College team was held to a mere 10 points, and somehow still won.