The Bowl Series kicked off Saturday with three very intriguing challenge matches held at Iona College.
The game of the day may well have been the opening game, as hosts Iona faced off with ECRC champs AIC. Iona has shown they don’t really like to back down from any opponents, and the Gaels brought an aggressive, hard-charging defense to the contest.
The Rugby Bowl Series schedule has been set, with 12 college rugby teams facing off this coming weekend at Iona College.
The top six teams in the ECRC faced off against the top six teams from the Empire Conference Saturday in Saratoga Springs, NY, and the ECRC came away with a 6-0 sweep.
The top six teams in the Empire Conference are playing the top six teams in the ECRC Saturday in Saratoga Springs, NY.
In the clash of the weekend to decide the ECRC, Boston College and American International College ended tied, 29-29, to leave both teams unbeaten in the conference.
In the end, AIC won the conference due to more bonus points over the course of the season, finishing 6-0-1, with 32 standings points, while BC was 6-0-1, with 31.
Boston College defeated New England College this week in a makeup game of a previous postponement.
The result - a convincing 38-16 result for the Eagles - puts BC in excellent position to challenge for the ECRC title later this month.
American International College moved to 6-0 in the ECRC Thursday with an impressive 45-15 defeat of UMass.
The Minutemen went into this game 2-1 and playing some solid rugby, but an athletic and nicely-clicking Yellowjacket squad hit them for two tries in the opening 16 minutes and cruised from there.
While AIC leads the ECRC, there’s still plenty of opportunity for other teams to catch up.
That chase is basically between NEC and Boston College. NEC sits at 3-1 and BC is 3-0, so this would be a battle for 2nd (at the moment).
AIC flyhalf Jihad Khabir scored four tries as the Yellowjackets defeated Fairfield 52-13 in ECRC action Saturday.
We use the term Gamebreaker to mean a rugby player who has made an impact, but it seems especially relevant when we talk about Jihad Khabir.
In a game that was very close between New England College and American International College, Khabir scored two brilliant tries to blow open the game and ensure a win for AIC.
AIC started their ECRC season with a hard-won victory over a tough NEC squad.
American International had their longtime Head Coach Josh Macy move to Lindenwood, and are operating under previous assistant, and current interim Head Coach Rob Guiry.