EASTON, Mass. -The Norwich University men's rugby team won its second straight conference 7s championship to punch its ticket to the USA Rugby 7s National Championship at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado for the second straight year. The tournament will take place the weekend of May 19th and 20th.
Men's DII College games this weekend.
All of these games are conference playoffs.
Tri-State Conference Semis
Sacred Heart 24 Marist 12
RPI 27 Siena 17
Tri-State will play its final November 11, RPI v Sacred Heart.
Cardinals Conference Semis
NC State 17 Northern Virginia Griffins 12
The University of Vermont is still looking for games.
It was a tough off-season for UVM, as the rest of the NECRC moved to other conferences. In the end, what had been perhaps the most competitive conference in the nation, top to bottom, with Norwich, Rhode Island, Middlebury, and New Hampshire, as well as Vermont, battling it out every week.
Norwich University has confirmed that its men's rugby team will join the Rugby Northeast for fall play.
Goff Rugby Report has selected its top 50 backs for the fall of 2016.
Goff Rugby Report has named its top 50 forwards in men's DII rugby for the fall of 2016.
This list is drawn from teams all throughout the Division 2 landscape. We will follow up with top 50 backs, and also top players from DIAA and DIA.
Look also for our end-of-the-fall awards.
Bentley and Middlebury both won playoff games on the road to finalize the national men's DII Round of 16.
To see the entire Round of 16 bracket, go here: DII College Latest
The Men's DII College schedule for this weekend is suddenly far, far smaller than it has been the previous weeks.
Now that we're into the national playoffs, we've got nine games this weekend, all involving ranked teams, and most involving two ranked teams.
Some more on the developments have arisen surrounding the Rugby Northeast tiebreaker issue.
The Rugby Northeast playoff seeds have changed twice so far in the last couple of days, and could change again.
After Bentley defeated Providence College and Southern Connecticut won over St. Michael's to get all three at 7-1. Rugby Northeast does not use the bonus point system, and so the teams were just flat-out tied at 7-1.
In the Wisconsin-Iowa-Illinois League (WII), Wisconsin-Whitewater is, not unexpectedly, in the final, after beating Northern Iowa 88-12 in a physical game. Illinois State also won, putting a 58-19 decision over a very good Wisconsin-Milwaukee team. Those two teams will battle it out for the conference title Sunday. But UNI and UW-M are not out of national playoff contention.
Conferences are a step closer to deciding their champions in Men's DII College - here's a rundown of Saturday's action:
New England Wide. The much-anticipated clash between Coast Guard and Hartford didn't happen, as Hartford apparently conceded the conference to the US Coast Guard Academy. So Coast Guard moves on to the national playoffs.