This past weekend saw William Paterson University Men defeat USMMA, Kings Point Men convincingly 69-5 in a semifinal match-up. The home team earned a place in the final this year and will face Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Men who defeated Marist College Men 36-24 in the other conference final 4 match-up.
RPI defeated Sacred Heart 32-27 to win the Tri-State Conference for the second time in three years.
"We were able to prove what we thought, which is we're able to play at a top level for a full game," said hooker Ray Lanzillo, who led a strong forward effort, especially in the lineouts. "We always come out really hard, but in this game we played hard for a full 80 minutes."
RPI is into the semifinals of the Tri-State Conference after defeating the US Merchant Marine Academy.
It’s down to four in the Tri-Sate Conference after Sunday’s Quarterfinals.
RPI pulled off a slight upset in edging Seton Hall 22-19 at Seton Hall. While Goff Rugby Report had RPI ranked and Seton Hall not ranked, Seton Hall, in fact, was seeded higher than RPI in the Tri-State.
The regular season is done in the Tri-State Men's DII Conference, and the playoff matchups are set.
The two most interesting results of the final weekend came in the Tri-State North, where 4-0 Sacred Heart played 3-1 RPI, the defending conference champs, and 3-1 Siena took on 1-3 Union.
Siena defeated RPI and Sacred Heart defeated Marist to retain 1st place in the Tri-State North for Sacred Heart.
William Paterson beat College of New Jersey to finished 4-0 in the Tri-State South, and Vassar, with three tries from Trevor Kennish, is now 5-0, setting up a showdown with SUNY New Paltz for the final weekend.
Siena College hosted Hofstra Saturday on Parents Weekend and came away with a crucial Tri-State Conference win.
Siena emerged 43-12 winners behind tries from fullback Brett Gaughan, No. 8 Ryan Powell, two from center Ryan Flynn, and three from flanker Matt Demm.
Sacred Heart moved to 2-0 in the Tri-State Conference North Division with a tough 26-22 win over Siena Sunday.
The result put Tri-State teams on notice as Siena is always a strong team in the competition, and Sacred Heart looked good in beating them.
As we prepare for another season in the Tri-State Men’s DII Conference, it’s worth noting something from last spring’s All-Conference team.
Greenville, NC welcomes a weird men’s DII bracket because in many eye it’s three conference champions and the favorite - but we’ll see.
Back in August Goff Rugby Report stopped by the first day of practice for the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute rugby team; it was, in fact, not even a practice, but rather a way to get new payers acquainted with the game.