The Central Washington University men's rugby team scored 36 unanswered points twice en route to a 72-14 victory over UC Davis.
UC Davis put everyone, especially Notre Dame College, on notice with a dominant performance in the DIAA spring final.
What is DIAA?
That might, in fact, be the important question. For those following college rugby around the country, it can be confusing as to what DIA, DIAA, and Varsity Cup is all about.
The final 16 of women’s DI playoffs kicks off this weekend at four regional sites.
Here’s the lineup of games:
Lindenwood v Washington State
Stanford v Arizona
played at Stanford
Life v North Carolina
Central Florida v Virginia
played at Life
Penn State v James Madison
In a women’s college rugby environment where varsity programs are spring up all over, UC Davis is a national power paddling against the tide, and heaving the biggest paddle may well be Sydnee Watanabe.
The finalists for the 2016-17 MA Sorensen Award have been named, as the search for the top women's DI-level college rugby player is now down to four.
It hasn’t been an easy ride for UC Davis, but the Aggies will play for the Spring DIAA championship in two weeks against Florida State.
The road took them through a very difficult Chico State in the Pacific Western final, a gritty Cal State Long Beach team in Saturday’s Spring quarterfinal, and then an exciting Grand Canyon team that proved much this weekend.
Grand Canyon University and UC Davis will face off Sunday in the DIAA Western Bracket after both won games on Saturday.
The quarterfinals in the West were played at Western Washington University's rugby stadium in Bellingham, Wash. on a cold, rainy day. The conditions may not have made for the prettiest rugby, but it was certainly dramatic.
The West Bracket of the Men's DIAA College Spring playoffs (we know, catchy) kicks off in Bellingham, Wash. this weekend with a team that's been there, done that, two teams that have been knocking on the door for a while, and one new arrival.
UC Davis and Brown are the final two teams in the DIAA spring playoffs after both won Sunday playoff games.
The DIAA playoff picture is almost complete, and by Sunday afternoon we will know all.
On Saturday, Chico State defeated Nevada and UC Davis defeated UC Santa Cruz to set up the much-anticipated Pacific Western championship game between those two teams. Meanwhile, Princeton beat Penn 45-0 Friday to advance Sunday's Ivy League play-in against Brown.