USA Rugby has finalized the Round of 16 for DI and DII women’s colleges (read more). There are some concerns – check out the DII Southwest Regional or the déjà vu in the DI West – and they make one long for the playoffs that existed only a couple of years ago.
BOULDER, Colo. – The locations and teams for the April 10-12 Women’s Division I and Division II Regional Spring Championships have been finalized. The completion of conference playoffs has seen Conference Champions into Regionals, while nine DI teams reach the round of 16 as at-large participants, and five DII teams fill out Regionals by way of at-large placement.
Texas is finally getting some representation at the women’s DII college national championship. The state routinely sends a team to the DI Round of 16, while the DII league has rallied around participation. In 2015, the Lonestar conference is supplying Texas State to the opening round of playoffs, where it will play UC Riverside in Albuquerque, N.M.
Alabama’s season has been filled with close games and the DII South Independent conference playoffs were no different. The Crimson Tide entered the post-season atop the South division, boasting a 4-0 record, but all of the games' point differentials were in the single digits.
Update: USA Rugby's official seeding here.
Stanford and Central Washington were the clear leaders during last weekend’s Pacific Mountain Rugby Conference playoffs. On Saturday, the pair combined for 199 unanswered points, but Sunday competition brought more resistance. The Cardinal fielded a younger team against Washington State and won 41-22, while the Wildcats subdued a good UC Davis 57-10.
It’s a banner year for South Carolina. The women not only won the DII Carolinas conference after a 17-14 victory over the College of Charleston, but they are heading to the DII national championship to make some program history. It’s been a just payoff for the student leadership, as well as new coach Katie Wurst.
West Chester successfully defended its Mason Dixon conference title, defeating North Carolina 58-5 in yesterday’s final. The Golden Rams were eager for some competition that would accelerate its build-up toward nationals, and by the second half of the title bout, West Chester was playing the clinical game it will need going forward.
The West Coast conference was essentially building toward a rematch of Humboldt vs. UN Reno. The duo met early in February, and that match turned out to be the only competitive match of the teams’ regular season. Humboldt won that game by two points, and that slim margin paid dividends during last weekend’s conference playoffs.
Life and Central Florida were expected to compete for the South Independent DI title yesterday, and while the pair did make it to the title match, the weekend was anything but predictable.
The Mason Dixon conference is now down to two: West Chester and North Carolina. The pair will play in tomorrow’s conference championship, and the victor will receive the automatic bye into the spring Round of 16.
Today was Central Washington’s coming-out party. Teams within the Pacific Mountain Rugby Conference are well versed in the Wildcats’ attributes, but none of the playoff-bound teams – save Washington State – had actually seen CWU play in person until today. So Central Washington made a statement, posting 101 unanswered points against Chico State.