It’s the opening of the small but intense DIA Mid-South Conference, and a clash between Goff Rugby Report’s #1 team, Life University, and the #7 squad, Davenport.
So, basically, it has everything.
Davenport University has been training outside exactly once in the last few months, but it was enough to propel them to an improbable victory over Arkansas State in Jonesboro, Ark. Saturday.
Davenport defeated Lindenwood 7-3 Saturday in a non-conference game that finished off a difficult fall for Lindenwood.
Last weekend, Lindenwood rugby player Charles Labry was struck and killed by a car. The native of Beaune, France was a popular member of the team and the game this Saturday was played in his honor.
Davenport University’s 39-10 defeat of Wheeling Jesuit was notable partly because the Grand Rapids, Mich. team knocked off a ranked opponent, but also that they did it without their captain and arguably best player, Angus MacLellan, who was at the ARC with the USA team.
Arkansas State University defeated Davenport University Friday night in two non-conference games - A-side and B-side.
Three major University teams have made an informal agreement to limit the number of non-USA-eligible players they use in any given game.
In Davenport’s victory over highly-regarded Bowling Green last week, flanker Conor Schilling was a standout.
The 5-11, 205 West Ottawa, Mich. product, who also plays hooker, was a wrecking crew on defense, and covered the field shoring up the Panther defense all day.
A week after just edging Ohio State in dramatic fashion, Bowling Green hosted Davenport in another non conference game, and after the first 60 minutes had to wonder why.
Last week was a good one for the Davenport women. A member of the DII Great Lakes conference, the Panthers played two DI teams in the course of three days, and beat them by a combined 52-12.
Although only a sophomore, Danielle Ordway is a familiar name on campus. For the third time in her short career, Davenport University has named Ordway as the Female Athlete of the Week. Chosen by the athletic director and media department, the Lowell, Mich., native is the only rugby player who has received this honor.