Mid-Atlantic Recap: Drama Across All Divisions

Every division of the Mid-Atlantic took to the rugby pitch on Saturday as a tie, a domination, a last minute comeback, a championship rematch, and a 100-point blowout highlighted week three’s action. All four divisions of the men and three divisions of women competed in a total of 36 matches in the region.

The surprise in Men’s DI was the Potomac Exiles’ 19-19 tie against the Norfolk Blues on the road. After losing both matches last season to the Blues, Potomac jumped up to a 19-5 lead before Norfolk mounted its comeback bid.

“Potomac plays an aggressive game and attempts to get you to play that same style,” Norfolk’s Chris Porter said. “The second half we regained our composure and stuck to our plan. We were able to pull the game even with a chance to win it in the end. Jake [Humphrey]’s penalty kick just fell short at the whistle. The boys showed a ton of heart at the end and I am very proud of how they finished the match.”

In Women’s DI, Philadelphia ripped off its second straight victory with a dominant, hard-hitting 64-7 home win versus Boston. It was a total team effort as seven players found the tryzone.

“We came out striking from the first minute of the game on Saturday,” captain Becca Fagan stated. “We wanted to shut down any attacks early and fast so we focused on creating a strong defensive front, and then worked to keep the ball in hand as much as possible. Once we dotted down the first try, we knew we had to keep pushing.”

A thriller in Men’s DII saw the Richmond Lions come back from a 26-point deficit to beat Raleigh 39-38 on a Geronimo Guzman penalty in the 77th minute. Brandon Granger and Joseph Forkins scored hat tricks in the win, but Guzman got the glory with the game-winner.

“We started chipping away in the second half and the next thing you know, we were down eight with seven minutes left,” Richmond coach Ben Morgan said. “We started building pressure, worked our way down, and scored an unconverted try. We were then down by two, built pressure again, and they got a yellow card. We kicked the penalty and were able to run it out.”

In the rematch of last season’s Women’s DII Championship, Harrisburg repeated history with a 21-5 defeat of Doylestown. Although the squad is still working out the kinks, Harrisburg coach Scott Stratton was encouraged the play of his impact reserves.

“It was nice to sub in six forwards and not miss a beat,” Stratton said. “To be able to continue what we were doing with the bench in, it is important if we want to go far in the playoffs and compete on a bigger stage. It is big thing to focus on to make sure we are developing all of our players, not just the starting 15. That is our biggest accomplishment of the last two games.”

Lastly, in Women’s DIII, the South Jersey Devils reached the century mark against Lehigh Valley. Eighteen tries were dotted down in the 100-0 win with Jenelle Fuller leading the way with six.


Weekend Results:

Pittsburgh Harlequins 36 Schuylkill River Exiles 15 Men – DI
Norfolk Blues 19 Potomac Exiles 19 Men – DI
Washington Irish 33 Northern Virginia Rugby 15 Men – DI
Phoenixville White Horse 13 North Penn Rugby 12 Men – DII-North
South Jersey Devils 29 Doylestown Dragons 47 Men – DII-North
Old Gaelic Rugby 60 Lehigh Valley Hooligans 20 Men – DII-North
Wilmington Rugby 30 Lancaster Roses 37 Men – DII-North
Virginia Rugby 40 Washington Rugby 15 Men – DII-South
Raleigh Vipers 38 Richmond Lions 39 Men – DII-South
Severn River Rugby 47 Frederick Rugby 10 Men – DIII-Central
Virginia Griffins 24 Rocky Gorge Rugby D3 50 Men – DIII-Central
West Potomac Beavers 26 Washington Renegades 19 Men – DIII-Central
Washington Irish D3 26 Northern Virginia Rugby D3 33 Men – DIII-Central
Hibernians Rugby 10 Media Rugby 27 Men – DIII-North
Harrisburg Rugby 15 Wilkes-Barre Scranton Breakers 55 Men – DIII-North
Happy Valley Barbarians 10 Reading Rugby 78 Men – DIII-North
Jersey Shore Sharks 57 Philadelphia Gryphons 7 Men – DIII-North
Schuylkill River Exiles D3 0 Northeast Philadelphia Irish 67 Men – DIII-North
Delmarva Rugby 10 Brandywine Rugby 38 Men – DIII-North
Norfolk Blues D3 0 Virginia Beach Falcons 40 Men – DIII-South
Rappahannock Rugby 42 Newport News Mariners 47 Men – DIII-South
Blackwater Rugby 17 Blacksburg Rugby 7 Men – DIII-South
Rocktown Rugby 17 Roanoke Rugby 46 Men – DIII-South
Patuxent River Rugby 5 Washington Renegades D4 20 Men – DIV
Prince William County Rugby 56 North Bay Rugby D4 22 Men – DIV
Phoenixville White Horse 75 Washington Scandals 0 Men – DIV
Western Suburbs Rugby D4 67 Baltimore Flamingos 10 Men – DIV
Philadelphia Rugby 64 Boston Rugby 7 Women – DI-East
Harrisburg Rugby 21 Doylestown Dragons 5 Women – DII-North
Phoenixville White Horse 62 Brandywine Riot 26 Women – DII-North
Severn River Rugby 50 Chesapeake Rugby 24 Women – DII-South
Norfolk Storm 67 D.C. Furies D2 5 Women – DII-South
Philadelphia Rugby D3 35 York & Lancaster Thorns 33 Women – DIII-North
Lehigh Valley Rugby 0 South Jersey Devils 100 Women – DIII-North
Patuxent River Rugby Forfeit Frederick Rugby Win Women – DIII-South
Rappahannock Rugby 19 Maryland Stingers 38 Women – DIII-South