The Gold Coast Collegiate Conference has named its Select Sides selections.
The Gold Coast Men's D1 Conference includes: Cal State Long Beach (LBSO), Claremont Colleges, University of San Diego (USD), Azusa Pacific (APU), Southern California (USC), and Loyola Marymoutn (LMU).
The Gold Coast Conference usually gets decided by the same top teams playing off, and this year is no different.
Claremont Colleges, which plays in the Gold Coast D1 and goes on to the National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) playoffs, is one of those teams, as is Cal State Long Beach, and University of San Diego. Last week, Claremont and CSULB battled to a 26-26 tie.
The Gold Coast Men's D1 collegiate conference has selected its MVP and all-conference picks.
The D1AA playoff schedules and dates are to be announced by USA Rugby soon. Here's a quick preview of what's going to happen.
Fall Champion Mary Washington is waiting to play the Spring Champion and will do so on the weekend of May 5.
The Gold Coast Rugby Conference has named its all-conference team for the Men's DI division.
Conference champion Grand Canyon puts seven players on the 1st team,
Gold Cast 1st Team All Conference
1. Lincoln Sii (Grand Canyon)
2. Omar Rodrigues (Claremont)
3. Joseph Kooiman (Grand Canyon)
The University of Missouri won two games over the weekend without taking the field and now Mizzou is officially the Heart of America conference champs with a 7-0 record.
Both Iowa State and Nebraska were on the schedule to play Missouri this weekend, but Iowa State forfeited some time ago and Nebraska forfeited this week, leaving Mizzou with no one to play.
Grand Canyon University has continued its torrid pace with a 59-10 defeat of Cal State Fullerton this past weekend.
The win, paced by four tries from center Maceo Brown and two from fullback Brent Williams, put GCU at 5-0 in the Gold Coast, and the ‘Lopes get a nice test Wednesday with a clash with University of Notre Dame to see where they fall in the hierarchy of all things.
Notre Dame College is waiting to find out who the Falcons will play for the DIAA national title this coming May, and there's still a lot of rugby to be played before that becomes clear.
However ... it doesn't hurt to make a few guesses and assumptions. Here's how the playoffs look for DIAA in the spring:
The Claremont Colleges beat Long Beach State 22-19 to claim the team's second consecutive victory in the DIAA Gold Coast conference.
CSULB has won the Gold Coast the last four years, but is in a little bit of a rebuilding phase, while Claremont, back in DI rugby after playing in NSCRO last season, is looking strong. Flanker Brian Rauzi was named player of the game for Claremont.
The University of San Diego defeated Azusa Pacific 28-7 Saturday in the only game in the Gold Coast.
USD is now 1-1, and Azusa Pacific 0-2. Players in wet, muddy conditions, both teams had trouble holding onto the ball at times, and footing was unpredictable.
Here are the weekend's DI men's college rugby games, with several top-ranked teams in action.
Grand Canyon edged defending Gold Coast conference champs 31-28 in an early marquee matchup in the DIAA conference.
With the victory, GCU moved to 3-0 in conference play and put themselves in superb position to be the top team in the league.