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Tri-State Playoffs Set

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Tri-State Playoffs Set

The regular season is done in the Tri-State Men's DII Conference, and the playoff matchups are set.

The two most interesting results of the final weekend came in the Tri-State North, where 4-0 Sacred Heart played 3-1 RPI, the defending conference champs, and 3-1 Siena took on 1-3 Union.

Despite the Sacred Heart v RPI game being potentially a close one, Sacred Heart thrashed the Engineers 103-0.

"I think we kind of caught them off-guard," said Sacred Heart Head Coach Ray Peterson. "We played really good defense - it's something we really stress at training. We put them under a ton of defensive pressure and forced them into mistakes, and we scored on every single one."

Scrumhalf and last week's conference Player of the Week, Matt Calton, worked well with exciting fullback Ellis Badger and outside center Daniel Prinz to control the game for Sacred Heart.

Meanwhile, Siena would have been expected to win comfortably against Union, but the game was anything but that. Union ran out to a 19-0 lead after 30 minutes before Siena hooker Alec Wapshare got his team on the board and fullback Brett Gaughan converted to make it 19-7 at halftime.

Resting a few starters due to injuries, Siena took a while to get their game flowing, but they did in the second half. Center Alex Fazio set up wing Drake Sichak for a try, and then No. 8 Ryan Powell powered over under the posts. Gaughan converted Powell's effort to tie the game. Union kicked a penalty to retake the lead, but a nicely-taken try from Fazio and a Gaughan penalty got Siena ahead and then closed it out 29-22. A win for Siena, but a wakeup call, too.

In the South, William Paterson won comfortably to finish 5-0. However, NJIT, despite finishing 2nd, won't be in the playoffs because of the inadvertent use of an ineligible player. As a result, Seton Hall moves up to he #2 seed, Molloy College to #3, and Montclair State gets in as the #4.

Here are the playoff matchups:

Sunday October 23, 2016

1. Montclair State University at Sacred Heart University

2. Rensselaer Polytechnic at Seton Hall University

3. Molloy College at Siena College 

4. Hofstra University at William Paterson University



Also in the Tri-State, SUNY New Paltz defeated Vassar to win the Central, which goes on to an NSCRO playoff.