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Gamebreakers Men DII College Nov 1-3

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Gamebreakers Men DII College Nov 1-3

Zach Bastres in action for Northern Colorado. Maddie Robbins photo.

Conference championships and key final games mark a big weekend for Men's DII college teams, and 

Connor Ericksen, Montana State

The MSU inside center scored the first and last try of his team’s comeback win over Northern Colorado. Down 28-7 Montanan State got Ericksen over with 25 minutes to go, and then with the score 28-24 and a minute left, Ericksen scored again to secure a 29-28 victory that won the Rocky Mountain Conference for Montana State.

Josh May, Boston University

May's two tries started things off right as the Terriers beat the Coast Guard Academy 32-19 in the New England-Wide Collegiate Rugby Conference. May's first try opened up the scoring at 5-0, and the second try turned a tight 15-12 scoreline into a relatively comfortable 22-12 lead.

Zach Bastres and Christopher Jensen, Northern Colorado

(Pictured above and above left, Maddie Robbins photos) It was a losing effort for UNC but by a single point and certainly enough to get playoff consideration. Bastres scored three tries in the final against Montana State, making it 18 for the season. Jensen scored four on the playoff weekend as UNC beat Western Colorado and then lost the final by a point.

Ryan Maxfield, Loyola-Chicago

The Loyola flyhalf was the point man in his team’s attack against Minnesota-Duluth, usually carrying directly and breaking tackles and getting his team on the front foot as Loyola defeated the Bulldogs to advance in the Great Midwest playoffs.

Vince Maraia, Villanova

The Villanova lock consistently gained yardage on offense while methodically neutralizing the Scranton and Lehigh forwards, and winning the physical battle during the MARC playoffs.

Nate Rolling, Norwich

Rolling scored five tries as Norwich beat Providence 60-5 in the Rugby Northeast playoffs.

Hudson Montgomery, Thomas More

The big, powerful No. 8 was a try-scoring machine as Thomas More won the MCRC conference over Marshall and Xavier. Over the season Montgomery led the conference with eight tries.

Steven Beseler, RPI

Beseler’s tough play around the park and two tries sparked the Engineers to a 30-19 playoff win over previously unbeaten Kings Point.

Jordan Kane, Wisconsin-Whitewater

The Warhawks' fullback had an excellent game working all the angles on attack as UWW beat Illinois-Chicago.

Calvin Gentry, Memphis

The transfer from Arkansas State and former USA South U19 all-star and MICR standout was all clutch in the key game in the SCRC, scoring three tries as Memphis beat Middle Tennessee State 27-15.

Ryan Jones, UMass-Lowell

Jones was all over the place making tackles and leading an astounding defensive effort as Lowell shut out Bentley in a Rugby Northeast playoff game.

Josh Lynch and Sean Mullett, Grand Valley State

Lynch scored three tries and Mullett was the guy setting him free and playing solid defense as GVSU defeated Oakland University 45-15. (Mullett pictured above left, Kelly Williams photo.)

Luke Weir, Lehigh

Weir played both flyhalf and No. 8, not a common combination, directing the attack in the #10 jersey and then switching gears and becoming a force in the breakdown and creating turnovers as a loose forward. He helped lead Lehigh to a 32-24 playoff victory over York.