It was a tough year for Lindenwood Head Coach Billy Nicholas.
A disturbingly ferocious bout of COVID saw Nicholas, younger and healthier than the vast majority of serious victims of the pandemic, in intensive care and with family, friends, and players concerned he might not recover.
Army West Point defeated Saint Mary's 20-8 to win the 2021-2022 D1A final in a game that lived up to all expectations.
Saturday sees Aveva Stadium in Houston as the venue for the College Rugby Association of American 8x8 Sports 15s Championship Weekend.
The event will have two major college 15s national championship games, plus two more spring championship games.
The Men's D1A Final will be held at 6PM Central Time Saturday, with Saint Mary's taking on Army West Point.
The D1A playoffs are down to semifinals, with a chance for someone in the East to make their first-ever D1A final.
Lindenwood at Army Friday, April 22, 7PM ET
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The #2-ranked team in the Eastern half of D1A, the Lindenwood Lions, downed the Arkansas State Red Wolves 41-10 in the quarterfinals of the D1A Playoffs Saturday.
The Lions scored 34 unanswered points after being down 10-7 in the first half. Lindenwood was led in scoring by Evan Williams with 16 points, and Nick Hardrict II with two tries.