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State Championship Latest: Minnesota, Illinois, NY, Ohio

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State Championship Latest: Minnesota, Illinois, NY, Ohio

Edina vs Eagan. Guy Warren photo.

Edina defeated Eagan 22-17 in the Minnesota Youth Rugby Boys HS final, capping off an undefeated league season.

(Photos from the game courtesy of Guy Warren)

Meanwhile, in Illinois, Brother Rice edged Neuqua 36-33 to take the Rugby Illinois Boys D1 title.  Brother Rice ran out to a 24-7 lead just after halftime, and with 15 minutes to go still held onto a 19-point lead at 36-15. In the closing minutes, Neuqua stormed back and powered through to make it a three-point game. Neuqua had the ball at the end of the game and worked their way into Brother Rice territory. But the Rice defense held and forced a knock-on to end a dramatic game.

Neuqua will be left ruing yellow cards that made them shorthanded for far too much of the game.


Other results from Illinois:

The Glen Ellyn Ducks defeated the South Suburban Cobras 26-19 for the D2 championships. CRC Academy Wolves defeated the South Suburban Cobras 41-7 in D3. 

Neuqua took the JV bracket 49-35 over Marist. Glen Ellyn won the Frosh/Soph final 40-7 over New Trier.

In Rugby Ohio, in games that were shown live on FloRugby, Avon Lake came back from a 22-5 deficit to beat Toledo 24-22 in the Boys D2 final. A fast and hard-hitting Walnut Hills defeated St. Joseph's Academy 44-19 to win the D1 Girls final. 

And in the Boys D1 final, St. Ignatius scored three second-half tries to win a tight championship game 19-7 over St. Edward.

In New York, Pelham beat Syracuse 40-0 to make the final of D2, where they met Rye in the final. Rye defeated Grand Island 40-0 in the other semi. In a hugely physical game, both teams squandered scoring chances and changed ends with the score 7-3 for Pelham. In the end, Pelham was able to eventually wear Rye down and took the points when they were on offer, scoring three penalty goals and a converted try in the second half to win 23-10. 

Syracuse beat Grand Island 31-12 for 3rd.


In D1, it was Kenmore vs Xavier after Xavier defeated Corning 48-14, and Kenmore beat Play Rugby USA 26-24. Xavie then took down Kenmore 45-8 in the final. Corning edged PRUSA 20-17 for 3rd.

The D1 Tier 2 final featured Fordham Prep vs Keio/FASNY, with Fordham coming out 38-15 winners. Fairport beat Canisius 20-19 for 3rd.


City Honors (39-14 over Corning) and Play Rugby (40-0 over Syracuse) battled for the Girls final. Play Rugby beat City Honors 26-7 for the state championship, with Corning took 3rd 17-15 over Syracuse.