Mid-Atlantic Recap: Close Finishes Across the Divisions

Of the four matches in men’s DI in the Mid-Atlantic, Rocky Gorge remained undefeated taking out NOVA on the road, Schuylkill River fought off the Washington Irish at home, and Norfolk edged the U.S. Naval Academy in its annual test. However, the Potomac Exiles’ impressive 40-39 comeback win against Baltimore-Chesapeake earned the match of the weekend.

Things couldn’t have started worse for the Exiles as BC raced to a 28-0 lead before Potomac cut the deficit to nine points before halftime. BC charged ahead again in the second but it wasn’t until a pair of late Guy Lopresti tries that Potomac was within striking distance of the lead. Kenny Rothmann’s conversion in the 75th minute put the Exiles over the top for the one-point victory.

“The game was riddled with errors on our part,” Potomac coach Owen Lentz said. “Dropped balls, losing the ball in contact. I think the only thing we could really take out if this game was composure. We were down 28-0 and no one panicked. I think that showed good character from the boys.”

In men’s Division II, Doylestown, Lancaster, James River, and Richmond remained perfect with big wins. Next weekend, there will be only two left as Doylestown is at Lancaster and James River hosts Richmond.

The most entertaining match of Division II goes to Old Gaelic’s 26-23 win over Philadelphia-Whitemarsh. The teams traded blows throughout the contest with Gaelic holding a slim 21-20 lead after being down early. The squads went back and forth again following halftime with OG’s player/coach Dan Roth scoring in the 49th minute for the three-point advantage. Neither defense let up in the final 30 minutes and Gaelic held on for the victory.

“It was a very good competitive game as the scoreline indicated,” Coach Roth said. “The key to the comeback was tightening up our defense and better possession on offense. I believe [this type of win] showed that OG is a team that will be prepared to go 80 minutes, we have been working on developing our team depth.”

After three weeks in men’s Division III, nine teams are still undefeated. In the 12 matches on Saturday, Wilkes-Barre, Northeast Philadelphia Irish, and Brandywine are without a loss in the North; Rocky Gorge, Western Suburbs, and North Bay are perfect in the Central; and Virginia Beach, Roanoke, and Blackwater are undefeated in the South.

Two blowouts took center stage in men’s DIV as Prince William trampled Western Suburbs, 71-14, and the Washington Renegades broke the century mark with a 107-0 win over Phoenixville White Horse.

In the women’s Division II ranks, Harrisburg is 4-0 after beating the Northeast Irish, 66-26, and James River is 2-0 with a 41-15 win over the D.C. Furies. For DIII, the Maryland Stingers improved to 3-0 after a 53-15 victory against Frederick and NOVA and Pax River tied at 19 apiece.

Highlighting one of the more dominant wins in women’s Division II, Doylestown pounded out nine tries in a 49-11 win over previously undefeated Phoenixville White Horse. Cait Rycek, Lydia Keener, Grayce Fjeld and Faith Hughes led the Dragons on both sides of the ball.

“The overall key was the right defense, we really only let them breathe the line once or twice,” Doylestown coach Mary Merlo said. “On offense, the pack worked hard drawing in their players to where we could capitalize on the overloads in the backline. We kept the field spread wide and used it to our advantage.”

Schuylkill River Exiles 34 Washington Irish 10 Men – DI
Northern Virginia Rugby 21 Rocky Gorge Rugby 57 Men – DI
Baltimore-Chesapeake Brumbies 39 Potomac Exiles 40 Men – DI
Navy 17 Norfolk Blues 24 Men – DI Non-Conference
Old Gaelic Rugby 26 Philadelphia Whitemarsh Rugby 23 Men – DII-North
Phoenixville White Horse 38 South Jersey Devils 45 Men – DII-North
Lancaster Roses 39 Lehigh Valley Hooligans 7 Men – DII-North
Doylestown Dragons 65 Wilmington Rugby 15 Men – DII-North
Washington Rugby 24 Raleigh Vipers 50 Men – DII-South
Virginia Rugby 14 James River Rugby 19 Men – DII-South
Northern Virginia Rugby D3 22 Rocky Gorge Rugby D3 33 Men – DIII-Central
Virginia Griffins 10 Western Suburbs Rugby 48 Men – DIII-Central
Baltimore-Chesapeake Brumbies D3 12 North Bay Rugby 72 Men – DIII-Central
Media Rugby Postponed Happy Valley Barbarians Postponed Men – DIII-North
Reading Rugby 39 Harrisburg Rugby 19 Men – DIII-North
Wilkes-Barre Scranton Breakers 56 Hibernians Rugby 7 Men – DIII-North
Jersey Shore Sharks 26 Brandywine Rugby 34 Men – DIII-North
Northeast Philadelphia Irish 74 Delmarva Rugby 0 Men – DIII-North
Blackthorn Rugby 17 Schuylkill River Exiles D3 21 Men – DIII-North
Rocktown Rugby 0 Blackwater Rugby 22 Men – DIII-South
Roanoke Rugby 45 Blacksburg Rugby 19 Men – DIII-South
Newport News Mariners 19 Norfolk Blues D3 21 Men – DIII-South
North Bay Rugby D4 22 Patuxent River Rugby 34 Men – DIV
Prince William County Rugby 71 Western Suburbs Rugby D4 14 Men – DIV
Washington Renegades D4 107 Phoenixville White Horse 0 Men – DIV
Northeast Philadelphia Rugby 26 Harrisburg Rugby 66 Women – DII-North
Doylestown Dragons 49 Phoenixville White Horse 11 Women – DII-North
Chesapeake Rugby Postponed Norfolk Storm Postponed Women – DII-South
D.C. Furies D2 15 James River Rugby 41 Women – DII-South
Frederick Rugby 15 Maryland Stingers 53 Women – DIII-South
Patuxent River Rugby 17 Northern Virginia Rugby D3 17 Women – DIII-South