Life University and Saint Mary’s will meet each other once more for the DIA championship, marking the fourth year in a row that these two schools will meet for the top prize in college rugby.
Life rode a superb defensive performance to a 41-7 victory over Lindenwood.
Men’s DI College 15s rugby is very quiet this weekend, so the two games of note better make some noise.
Saint Mary’s hosts Utah in one semi. Saint Mary’s looked shaky at times through the season. The Gaels pushed BYU 30-29 early in the season, but on a two-game trip to Utah lost big to those same Cougars and almost lost to Utah in a 57-50 barnburner.
Air Force defeated Cal Poly 43-17 Saturday in Moraga, Calif. to move on to a DIA quarterfinals Sunday against St. Mary’s.
The game was postponed from last week due to snow in Colorado, and Air Force traveled to Northern California at short notice to play two games in two days.
We're down to nine teams (not eight), in the DIA playoffs.
Lindenwood put an injury-slammed Wheeling Jesuit to the sword Saturday, beating the Cardinals 89-5. Michael Baska scored three and set up at least two more. Deion Mikesell scored two, and fullback Lungi Tshuma scored 32 points on nine conversions, three penalty goals, and a try. Ashley Harrop also scored twice for the Lions.
It’s a quick turnaround from the regular season to the DIA playoffs, but the first round is indeed upon us this coming weekend.
Eight teams enter the playoffs from all over the country, and all with some significant game-hardening behind them. Here’s a look:
Life University clinched 1st in the Mid-South Saturday, but it wasn’t exactly easy.
Playing their first conference game on the road, the Running Eagles needed some last-second heroics to score in the final seconds to win the game.
Davenport and Lindenwood met up Saturday for the Labry Memorial Shield game between the two teams.
Penn HS ran the table in the Lindenwood High School tournament held at Lindenwood University, St. Charles, Mo. this weekend.
The tournament was a good kickoff for teams in the Midwest, and mercifully, it wasn’t a snow-fest like last year.
Eight programs entered varsity teams, while six also entered JV teams. Indiana-based Penn won both brackets, not losing a game.
The Mid-South may be just three teams, but those teams are usually very close.
In 2014 (when Arkansas State was also part of the conference), for example, seven of the 12 games were decided by a try or less. Last year, in six games, five were decided by a try or less.
The tiny yet massive Mid-South kicks off this weekend as Goff Rugby Report #5 Lindenwood faces #4 Life University in Marietta, Ga.
Life is coming off a series of big blowouts of good programs such as South Carolina, Clemson, and Air Force. But the Running Eagles coaching staff will likely be more interested in how the team handled a much closer clash with Navy.
When USA MNT Coach John Mitchell gave the jerseys out to the USA U20s on Feb. 12, he had a few words of encouragement and praise for the team, and one thing stuck in a few heads:
Statistics show that 10% of the current U20 team will go on to play in the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Center Lorenzo Thomas’s ears perked up at that.