What to expect when you’re expecting good rugby? Below are previews of the four Pacific Mountain Rugby Conference (PMRC) quarterfinals, which will take place tomorrow at Stanford. The semifinal round, which is the final round, will be held Sunday.
Virginia Women’s Rugby (UVA) deserves a spot in the spring Round of 16; the question is where they figure in. After a very successful fall, UVA started 2015 with a slim loss to North Carolina – a defeat that cost them the South #1 seed at the Mason Dixon playoffs and forged a tougher road to the conference final.
The South Independent conference (SIRC) was waiting on one game before locking down the DI and DII women’s college title-seekers: Lee University vs. Georgia. The former is the traditional power in the region, making several appearances at DII nationals and sending players into the age grade pools. The latter was a DI team until this season.
The Mason Dixon quarterfinals didn’t unfold as predictably as assumed – the hallmark of an interesting post-season. On one end, North Carolina posted a shocking 153 points on Maryland; and on the other end, semifinals’ host James Madison dropped a big game to Virginia Tech.
There is one more weekend of play before several college conferences host their respective playoffs, but the fields are pretty clear. We talked about the Pacific Mountain conference (read more), but here are some playoff match-ups working out:
The Pacific Mountain Rugby Conference (PMRC) has named its playoff competitors, and eight teams spanning from San Diego to Pullman, Wash., will converge on Stanford March 28-29.
The Mason Dixon conference is two games away from determining its Women’s DI College quarterfinal match-ups, but the pairings haven’t been as straight-forward as expected.
The Pacific Mountain Conference is two weekends away from naming its DI quarterfinal contestants. Each of the three competitions - North, South, West - knows its champion, but the remaining league games will be important for naming the #2s, most notably for the South.
The USA Rugby Fall Championships, hosted by ACRA, was marked by rematches. In DI, USA Rugby's best (Penn State) and ACRA's best (Norwich) replayed an early-season thriller (read more). In DII, last year's ACRA finalists revisited the pitch, and the trophies exchanged hands.
During the 2013-14 season, the women’s college landscape lacked unity. ACRA had formed and more than half of the country’s programs aligned with its fall league and championships. Some fall conference winners accepted automatic bids to USA Rugby’s spring playoffs, but many didn’t, which meant diluted competition for the spring national championship.
The Women’s DII College Fall Championship, hosted by ACRA, will be live-streamed beginning tomorrow at 9 a.m. ET. Follow along with the commentators and take note of the following players who will likely feature heavily in the weekend's games:
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The USA Rugby Women DI College Fall Championship, hosted by ACRA, will contest its final four this weekend, and the victor will earn its spot in the national championship in May. Penn State plays Quinnipiac on one side of the bracket (1 p.m. ET); Norwich takes on Indiana on the other (3 p.m. ET).