College teams as well as players and fans from around the country have voted to create the list of five finalists for the Rudy Scholz Award.
Given annually to the top men's college player in the country, the Rudy Scholz Award is sponsored by the Washington Athletic Club in Seattle, WA and has been presented each of the last three years.
Four of the top six men's college teams are in action live today.
Lindenwood (#6 ranked by FloRugby) is at Life (#2). It kicks off at 1pm ET and is live here (Signup required, but it's worth it).
Some college rugby observations for January.
Where are we on the D1A competition?
Dylan Audsley scored 25 points, Holden Yungert was MVP, the ground in Moraga, Calif. shook with the vibrations of the tackles between Life and Saint Mary's, and Kevin O'Connor was superb as the Gaels held of an excellent Life team 30-24 Saturday.
When the Saint Mary's Gaels came off the field Saturday after beating Arizona 43-7 in the DIA semis, they were about to receive a dressing down from Head Coach Tim O'Brien.
And far from their coach's ire being a let-down after a ky victory, the fireside chat was expected.
Saint Mary's will return to the DIA final after beating Arizona 43-7 Saturday in the semis.
Here is the live stream info for the two DIA semifinals.
Life will host BYU at 1pm T, 10m PT. The live stream can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/LifeURugby/?hc_location=ufi
Saint Mary's will host Arizona at 1pm PT, 4pm ET. The live stream can be found here:
The DIA playoffs are down to four teams and they are four teams who have had very different paths to the semifinals.
There’s BYU, which had to play an independent schedule to earn a playoff spot. As a result, the Cougars had to play on the road for the entire playoff run - not exactly what they’re used to, but they know what they’re doing.
We’re down to four in the DIA playoffs as Saint Mary’s, BYU, Arizona, and Life all won.
Of those four games, Life v Lindenwood was easily the closest, although Indiana put up a a fight against BYU.
So there's the little matter of the DIA Quarterfinals Saturday, with eight teams left with a rugby game and a dream.
Baylor hosts Arizona, broadcast live by FloSports.
Baylor's defeat of LSU in the Red River Conference final puts the entire DIA playoff picture into some muddiness as we await the latest rankings.
(This article contains some changes from the original based on what teams will be playing in the playoffs ... basically we shouldn't have had Arkansas State in there, sorry -AG)
There was something historic about the Saint Mary’s victory over Cal this past weekend.
Part of it might have been television - the game was shown live on Pac-12 Networks Bay Area, and on delay elsewhere. It was exciting. It was sometimes well played, and sometimes featured mistakes. And it had atmosphere - palpable atmosphere you could see on the screen.