Towson has struggled the last few seasons. After an incident with the university in fall 2013, the women’s team was placed on probation. The club was still allowed to play its matrix matches in the DII Capital conference; however, the coach was fired and certain strictures were placed on the team.
There are few DII college rivalries as intense as Towson v Salisbury.
Both programs have challenged for a national title, although only Salisbury has won any, and the two teams seem to take great relish in bringing everything they can when they face off.
The National Small College Rugby Organization continues to produce strong teams at the highest levels, with some of those teams moving up to higher divisions, and this weekend Mount St. Mary’s showed that they might be in position to be the next.
MSM defeated longtime DII power Salisbury 22-17 Saturday.
The Mid-Atlantic women’s DII college quarterfinal was an interesting one. Two conference runners-up – Capital’s Salisbury and Carolinas’ College of Charleston – won their Round of 16 matches, while their respective conference champions (Mary Washington and South Carolina) were eliminated on Saturday.