Men's DII College Latest
Men's DII College Latest
The Men's D2 college leagues are underway; here's a look at what has happened so far:
Upstate New York: League action begins this weekend with Buffalo State at Fredonia and SUNY Geneseo at RIT. NEWCRC also opens September 15, as does Northern Lights and Rugby Northeast.
IUPUI defeated Eastern Kentucky with front rowers Jordan Jennings, Jack Stewart, and Zackary Harlan all claiming tries in the 34-17 victory. The game was a one-score contest until very late when Harlan, and then fullback Tyrone Thornton scored to allow IUPUI to pull away.
Thomas More slammed Western Kentucky 58-5. Flyhalf Damon Jones scored three tries. Xavier edged Kent State 32-31, scoring two tries in the final 20 minutes, and adding a penalty goal to win it at full time. Center Julaino Chesnick scored two tries for Kent State.
WIIL (Should have called this the Great Midwest)
New name, mostly the same great teams. Illinois State, Marquette, Northern Iowa, UW Stout, and UW Whitewater were all winners in the opening weekend. UNI had a tough one against Illinois-Chicago. Only a 71st-minute try turned a one-score game into a 28-19 win. Whitewater won comfortably, but did allow 13 points to UW-Platteville. Center Levi Van Lanen was superb and scored three tries.
Colorado Mesa defeated Colorado School of Mines 34-17 thanks in large part to the running of No. 8 Santos Enzo. Northern Colorado defeated Air Force B 26-12. UNC got a first-minute try from fulblack Huntor Rainwater and he ended up with nine points on the day.
Furman beat Elon 39-3. Appalachian State and UNC Charlotte also won comfortably. North Carolina edged The Citadel 14-12, and UNC Wilmington won a close one over Coastal Carolina 15-12. East Carolina shut out Lander.
Update: All games this coming weekend are postponed due to Hurricane Florence.
William Paterson opened the season with a 30-0 shutout of Hofstra, while Marist started well with a 40-5 defeat of Seton Hall.
Scranton started well with a 26-24 win over a very good York team. York came out slow and recovered too late, but did do enough to get a bonus point for a close loss, and another for four tries. Millersville won 26-19 over Slippery Rock, and will host York in a crucial league game.
Defending MARC Champion Bloomsburg was idle. Villanova held off Lehigh 29-21 and East Stroudsburg won the only relative blowout, 42-5 over Moravian.
GVSU won via forfeit. More games come this weekend.
Two games were rained out, while Southern Illinois beat UMKC 41-29, while Principia beat Washington U 24-10. Already played is St. Louis University v Pitt State (SLU 30-29), and Washington 45-17 over Maryville. So that puts Principia in a good position.
It was a very active weekend in the Cardinals Conference. Hampden-Sydney, NC State, Old Dominion, Queens University, Duke, Maryland-Baltimore, Virginia, and LMU Developmental all won.
The big game was NC State over VMI. This has been one of the conference deciders over the time, but this time around VMI got smacked to the tune of 49-5. Queens University's foray into league play started well, with a 60-0 shutout of Radford.