Last season the Naval Academy men’s team played roughly one game a month during the fall to stay sharp and keep tat competitive edge before the serious business of the spring - this year it’s a little different.
Wheeling Jesuit ran out to a 20-0 first half and held on to beat the US Naval Academy 25-19 in something of an upset Saturday.
WJU is ranked #29 by Goff Rugby Report, while Navy, which had been more active in 15s games in 2015, had moved up to #10.
Believe it or not, there is rugby being played this weekend outside of the city of Las Vegas (or Henderson) in Nevada, and perhaps one of the more intriguing weekends of rugby will be on the East Coast, when the US Naval Academy men take on Clemson on Saturday and Life University on Sunday.
A week before the ACRC Bowls, the ACRL champion Clemson Tigers took on the US Naval Academy.
Navy has been following a challenging fall schedule, playing highly-regarded teams every month or so. They defeated Ohio State 48-10 August 29, lost to Air Force 38-26 October 3, and beat Maryland 54-21 October 25.
The Mid-Atlantic region of the USA Rugby Women’s DI College Fall Championship, hosted by ACRA, feels familiar. That’s because the two Round of 16 matches – Quinnipiac vs. Army and Navy vs. Brown – have occurred in friendly form this fall.
Air Force delivered another blow to the Navy women, defeating the visiting Midshipmen 47-22 in front of a dense crowd last weekend. Navy, an Independent DI team competing in ACRA, needs to hit a hot streak if it’s to be considered as an at-large inclusion in playoffs.