Sacred Heart, which won the Tri-State Conference in the fall of 2016 and finished 2nd in 2017, is shifting to the New England Wide Conference for the 2017-18 season.
Head Coach Ray Peterson said that the move was precipitated by a desire for more consistent competition, and also travel considerations.
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.
The National Intercollegiate Rugby Association, the league of NCAA Varsity women's college rugby teams, has named its All American list for the 2016-17 season.
Thirty-one athletes were chosen from the 14 college teams competing in NIRA, with another 12 making honorable mention. Here is the list:
2016-17 NIRA RUGBY ALL-AMERICANS
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater No. 8 John Grams is Goff Rugby Report’s MVP Forward for Men’s DII College Rugby.
Furman University is hoping to the home of a champion, and it certainly could be that in the Men’s DII College Playoffs.
Furman, of course, is hosting a bracket in the Round of 16/quarterfinals, and Furman is also playing in that self-same bracket. And whichever team wins that bracket will play in a final four at … yes you saw where we were going with this … Furman University.
It will be William Paterson against Sacred Heart for the Tri-State Conference championship after both won semifinals this weekend.
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 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.
As Sacred Heart has begun the Tri-State Men's DII Conference season 2-0, Chris Coyne has been at the heart of it.
The former BC High standout is a big, powerful prop who has set the tone in the scrums, and thumps bodies out of the way in the breakdown and running the ball. He's also the club president, carries a 3.8 GPA, and was all-conference last season.
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.