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Gamebreakers DII Men's College Week 1

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Gamebreakers DII Men's College Week 1

The Gamebreakers column is back! We look at players who had a special impact over the weekend. This is the Men's DII college list for September 13-14.

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Chris Werder, The Citadel

Werder scored both of The Citadel’s tries in a tight 12-5 victory over East Carolina in a crucial conference game.

Nick Jacobs, Principia

With a new coach, the Principia Thunder Chickens were under the gun to get back to their winning ways. Jacobs helped that, The Principia flyhalf scored a try, kicked four penalties, and converted his try and another for a total of 21 of his team's 26 points as he led his team over a very tough Washington University in the Gateway Conference.

Joe O’Keefe, Elon

Prop O’Keefe scored two tries and was a powerhouse in the set-piece and in contact as Elon won its opener in the Southern Conference Challenge League over UNC-Greensboro. Both of his tries saw O’Keefe drag defenders across the line with him.

Ryan Taylor

The Bentley flyhalf kicked two penalty goals and then made the key break for his team's only try as Bentley beat Norwich 11-10 in a clash of two of the top teams in Rugby Northeast. Oh, and that second penalty was with five minutes to go and was the game-winner.

Ron Bowler, Marquette

The Milwaukee-area college went to 2-0 in the Great Midwest win an impressive 47-27 victory over Northern Michigan. Junior scrumhalf Bowler was a sparkplug for the Marquette offense.

Ethan Glasscock, Bethel College

Bethel is looking to repeat in the Great Lakes and could well do so if the Pleasant Lake, Ind. wing keeps playing this way. Glasscock scored three tries in Bethel’s victory over Ferris State, and added four conversions and a penalty for 26 points, a Bethel single-game record.

Joey Hildebrand and Isaiah Rodriguez, US Merchant Marine Academy

Signaling perhaps a solid season for USMMA, the Kings Point center pairing of Hildebrand and Rodriguez accounted for 15 of their team’s 15 points. Rodriguez scored a try and Hildebrand going 5-for-6 from the kicking tee and they worked together well defensively as USMMA beat Stony Brook in a non-conference, cross-divisional clash.

James Lyons, Villanova

Lyons, who is the club president as well as its starting inside center, scored two tries to help spark a somewhat desultory Villanova performance into a convincing 43-6 win over Moravian. The teams changed ends with the score 7-3, but thanks in part to Lyons, ‘Nova picked it up in the second period. Lyons also scored three tries the week before.

John O’Connell, Providence

The Friars shut out NEC 55-0 and the massive defensive effort was led by flanker O’Connell, who was tireless on defense and also carried the ball well.