Salisbury University is through to the national men’s DII Round of 16 after a touch 27-21 victory over Coastal Carolina in a play-in match between the two conference runners-up.
It was a game of two contrasting styles as Coastal attempted to keep the ball in tight and punch it up the middle, and Salisbury tried to use ball movement and their kick game to stretch the Coastal defense.
During the Capital conference’s first two years of existence, the women’s DII college final has fulfilled every expectation for a season-peaking match. On both occasions, Mary Washington beat Salisbury by single digits (24-17 in 2013, 29-24 in 2014), and the pair lined up once again on Sunday.
On a cold, wet day #6-ranked DII college team Towson University pulled off something of an upset in beating #4 Salisbury to win the Capital Rugby Conference.
The game was not a pretty one, with rain making for a slick ball, and many knock-ons. But it had plenty of drama, with Towson mounting a long goal-line stand at the end of the game to come away 13-10 winners.
As expected, Salisbury and Towson will meet for the Capital Conference championship once again as both won semifinal games this weekend.
Towson, ranked 2nd in the conference, defeated conference #3 Georgetown 38-22 to move on, while Salisbury defeated UMBC 81-20.
Salisbury University is now 4-0 in the Capital Men’s DII college conference after upending rivals 36-13 on Saturday.
It was a closer game than the score suggests, with the halftime score being 13-10.
But Salisbury co-captain Patrick Mullens said the key for his team was the kicking game.