The lesson from the Men’s DII college final and semifinals is that the division is getting tighter.
In a meeting of two of the very top teams in the Cardinals Conference men's DII college competition, North Carolina State defeated Virginia Military Institute 34-29.
Both teams have high expectations in the league, and so it was no surprise the game was that close.
For VMI, flyhalf Thomas Mitchell was a standout, and No. 8 Cory Atkins led the forwards and scored.
We know almost all of the teams that will play in the Men's National DII College quarterfinals, after results this weekend; here's the rundown:
NC State edged VMI 35-27 Saturday in a clash of the two undefeated teams in the Cardinals Men’s DII conference.
The result of the game is that NC State will go into the playoffs with the #1 seed, but it’s also likely that these two teams will meet in the conference final.
Bragging rights in the Cardinals Conference are up for grabs Saturday as 5-0 VMI takes on 5-0 NC State.
While in the end this is most likely just the first meeting between the two - the conference ends with a final four on November 5 and 6 - this is the game that sets the tone.
VMI, Radford, and NC State all won in the opening weekend in the Cardinals Collegiate DII Conference as the season kicked off.
For NC State it was a new competition for the Wolfpack as they moved into the Cardinals from the defunct (for 15s) ACRL. NC State ran out 40-13 winners over a solid Old Dominion team which finished 4-0-1 in last year’s conference season.
Greenville, NC welcomes a weird men’s DII bracket because in many eye it’s three conference champions and the favorite - but we’ll see.
The Virginia Military Institute men’s rugby program is solid at #3 in the nation and kept that ranking thanks to victories over Virginia Commonwealth and Old Dominion to win the Cardinals Conference title.
VMI and ODU were, in fact, slated to face each other during the regular season, but the game was fined out. VMI Head Coach Wayne Howe said that didn’t both him much.
Sunday sees the two teams everyone expect to be there playing for the Cardinals Conference final, but it almost didn’t happen that way.
While Goff Rugby Report #3 Virginia Military Institute won comfortably, 58-0 over Virginia Commonwealth, #24 Old Dominion had all sorts of problems with #32 Mary Washington, coming back to win 29-25.
In a clash of two of the top teams in the Cardinals Conference, Virginia Military Institute won big over Mary Washington 65-10.
Weather undercut the last big game for VMI, when Hurricane Joaquin flooded out VMI’s clash with Old Dominion; this time, it looks like the Cardinals Conference game of the week will happen.
After a tough two-point loss in the waning minutes of the Potomac Rugby Conference Championship game last weekend, Towson University rebounded to hold off a tough Virginia Military Institute to move on to the National Round of 16.
VMI fielded a very large pack of forwards and how Towson handled their attack was a key component of the game.