Louisville, IUPUI, and Bowling Green all won convincing victories in the opening weekend of the Mid-American Conference in Men's DIAA rugby action.
Defending USA Rugby Fall DIAA champion Bowling Green cruised by Dayton, as expected, winning 67-5. Less expected, perhaps, was IUPUI's debut in the conference, a 38-0 shutout of Cincinnati.
IUPUI opened up its new DI season with a 19-13 defeat of Purdue this past weekend.
Head coach Joe Richards said it was a nice confidence-builder for the program, but not to read too much into the result.
The game was not particularly tidy and both teams looked like exactly what they were — athletic college players who had just returned to campus.
Bowling Green will go to the USA Rugby 7s championships after the Falcons won the Mid America Conference championship.
Bowling Green defeated Central Michigan 29-5, Miami University 34-0, and Dayton 14-0 in pool play to advance to the semifinals.
In the semis, Bowling Green took care of Western Michigan 33-7, while Louisville won a tough one 28-19 over Miami.
Bowling Green won the first tournament in the Chesapeake Collegiate Rugby Conference (CCRC) 7s series this past weekend, defeating Salisbury in the final.
If there’s one thing to say about Phil Bryant, it’s that he won’t back down from a challenge.
Goff Rugby Report has named Bowling Green University hooker Phil Bryant as the Fall 2016 MVP Forward.
Bryant was an inspirational leader for BGSU as the Falcons rolled to the fall DIAA final. The Archbishop Moeller product is only a sophomore, but has shown significant leadership in a forward pack where everyone else was either a junior or a senior.
Men's DII Semifinal: Furman v Minnesota-Duluth
Notre Dame College has booked a place in the 2016-17 national DIAA final with a nicely balanced defeat of Bowling Green State University Sunday morning.
The game, held at Furman University in Greenville, NC, was the USA Rugby Fall DIAA final, and the winner is slated to meet the Spring, 2017 DIAA winner in May.
Bowling Green State University has been at the forefront of Men’s DI College Rugby for many years.
Under the guidance of Roger, and then Tony Mazzarella, the Falcons have dominated the MAC and much of the Midwest for years. But they have never made a national final … until now.
Bowling Green and Notre Dame College will face off for the DIAA championship at Furman University the weekend of December 3 as both teams won very close semis Sunday.
Four teams are left in the Men's DIAA College playoffs after Saturday's results; here's a rundown:
Eastern Kentucky University hosts half of the DIAA playoff bracket, and a very, very difficult half it is.
Bowling Green plays Mount Saint Mary’s, while James Madison plays Lindenwood-Belleville in what most would say is the tougher, one through four, half of the eight-team fall playoffs.