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Phil Bryant for Bowling Green. Photo courtesy BGSU Rugby.

Four teams are left in the Men's DIAA College playoffs after Saturday's results; here's a rundown:

In the most exciting game of the day, Lindenwood-Belleville came back to beat James Madison 37-34. L-B ran out to a 24-0 lead with tries from Pat Donovan, Jacob Gilliam, Hunter Blanchard, and then Juan Pablo Aguirre, who ran down a grubber. But JMU, which has started flat, scored right before halftime and started to claw their way back. The Lynx also scored but that only made it 29-14. 

With tensions rising, both teams were reduced to 14 men thanks to red cards for both sides after a mini brawl. JMU scored 20 points late to take a 34-32 lead. Then in the final moments Lindenwood-Belleville marched their way into JMU territory and Aguirre went over for the game-winner.

Meanwhile, Bowling Green slammed Mount Saint Mary's 78-20. Flyhalf Nick Ross was 9-12 in conversion attempts and center Adam Regini and hooker Phil Bryant each got two tries each. Seven other Falcons tallied tries.

Notre Dame College hammered Syracuse 71-0. Early tries from Roneil Reynolds, Andrew Guerra, and John Santiago staked NDC to a 15-0 lead. Cian Grnedon added two just before  and then Zach Forro added one, and Logan Weinstock added two conversions and a penalty for a 32-0 lead at the break.

Christian Olsen and Cullen Barelka got the Falcons going in the second half as the Falcons cruised. Olsen ended up with the three on the day, all in the second half.

And Cincinnati toughed it out to beat St. Joseph's 21-10. 

DIAA Fall 2016 Brackets