A new three-division conference is being formed for the 2017-18 DIA college season, with an eye toward localizing certain competitions and keeping teams that want to play only in the fall together.
The top six teams in the Empire Conference are playing the top six teams in the ECRC Saturday in Saratoga Springs, NY.
Well is it settled after the regular season is over? Quite possibly.
The Empire Conference season ended with three games this weekend, and still most of the league with hope of making the conference final. League-leaders Binghamton lost, but got bonus points for four tries and a close loss, and that was enough to keep Binghamton in front.
Binghamton University hasn't clinched a top-two spot in the Empire Conference, but they are as close as possible.
Fordham University Men's Rugby displayed aggressive defense and a nice team performance to shock Brockport 54-0 Sunday to move into 2nd in the Empire Conference.
The Empire Conference continues to be a wild one, as Colgate beat Syracuse to bunch everyone up again.
Syracuse came into this weekend's clash having beaten Stony Brook on the road and moved into 1st. Colgate, for their part, had started with an impressive win and then were shut out by Fordham and lost to Binghamton, as well. And yet, Colgate handed Syracuse a 39-10 defeat.
Fordham handed Colgate a relatively surprising 29-0 shutout defeat Friday evening in the Empire Conference.
Colgate had come into the game feeling pretty good after an opening week win over Brockport. But they couldn't get their offense going against a tough Fordham defense.
Among a trio of close games in the Empire Conference this past weekend, Colgate's clash with SUNY Brockport was the wildest, producing 93 points in a 57-36 barnburner.
For Colgate, which finished a solid 4-2 in the conference last season, it was a worthwhile start.
Defending Empire Conference champs Syracuse edged up-and-coming Fordham this past weekend 20-12 in the opening weekend of conference play.
That result, along with Stony Brook’s 17-15 over SUNY Binghamton and Colgate’s wild 57-36 win over SUNY Brockport, shows that the conference will be a close one this season.
The Empire Conference kicks off league play this weekend with the top teams of recent years having been stung somewhat.
Syracuse was shut out by Buffalo a couple of weeks ago, albeit in a game where the Hammerheads had a good amount of possession and good field position. Syracuse will host Fordham on Sunday.
Stony Brook took a big step toward winning the Empire Men's DI Conference with a 24-17 defeat of #27 and previously undefeated Colgate.
Syracuse had a nice week atop the Empire Conference, but were knocked from their lofty perch Saturday as Stony Brook defeated the Hammerheads 33-26.
Stony Brook got three tries from Phil Salter and a solid effort from the forward pack for the victory.