Furman University pulled off quite the upset Saturday, winning their Men’s National DII semifinal over three-time defending champs Minnesota-Duluth 32-29.
Bolstered by a vocal home crowd - the semis were held at Furman - the Paladins played some sterling defense and torched the Fighting Penguins for three key first-half tries that proved the difference.
The key game for Furman University this season was the Southern Conference final.
Going into that game Head Coach John Roberts - after whom the college’s rugby field is named - acknowledged the massive importance of that matchup with UNC-Charlotte. Lose and you still make the national playoffs, but win … and you’re at home for the entire playoff run.
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.
Furman University has won the Southern Conference and in doing so the Paladins put themselves in excellent position for a good national playoff run.
With the victory Furman takes the #1 seed out of the Southern, and will play in the bracket at their home fields in Greenville, SC. Should they win and make the final four, the Paladins host that final weekend, also.
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.
It will be UNC-Charlotte against Furman next week for the Southern Conference championship after both won convincing victories in the semifinals on Saturday.
Furman slammed Coastal Carolina 47-0 behind a very solid defensive display. Despite playing 60 minutes down a man after lock
The Southern Conference has settled its playoff picture after Tuesday’s oft-postponed matchup between UNC-Wilmington and Coastal Carolina.
The Men's DII College season is heading into playoff time, so here's a look at where everyone is, and who remains in the hunt.
To see the conference standings, go to: Men DII College Standings Fall 2016
Showdown denied could well be showdown accentuated in the Southern Rugby Conference.
In a thrilling clash of undefeated teams in the Southern Men's DII Rugby Conference, Furman battled past UNC-Charlotte 13-5 Thursday night.
Both teams were undefeated in conference play as they met under the lights at Furman. The Paladins took an early lead - center Adam Miller powered through at the 13-minute mark.
Furman University made a splash this weekend, defeating SCRC DI team South Carolina 44-14.