Pacific Northwest Recap: Boise United Retains Loogin Cup
Pacific Northwest Men’s DII
Boise United Hosted Oregon Sports Union (ORSU) in a battle of the unbeatens. This was not only for the possible lead in the standings, but for the coveted Loogin Cup, which Boise has held tightly to. The home side came out strong, despite having several men in their first starting positions of the year, scoring first at 10 minutes. ORSU would answer as well, and knot it up at 7 half way through the first period. Boise tightened their grip as they went into halftime with a respectable 17-7 lead. Boise United Captain Mitchell Rice gave credit to what I call the ‘United Front’ when he said: “our defense was key with multiple goal-line and red zone stops, especially when we were playing 13 on 15 with our two yellow cards.” ORSU was unable to find the answer as Boise handed them their first loss 34-19. Back in Portland, Eastside Tsunami hoped to maintain their dominance against the visiting Portland Pigs. It was a defensive battle at first, with the score tied at 7 midway through the first period and only 14-7 in favor of Eastside at the half. Eastside would immediately dissect the Pigs stand, chopping their way to a decisive 38-7 victory. Up in the South Sound area, Valley Kangaroos met with Tacoma Nomads in a meeting that always draws a crowd and players from the woodworks for a long-standing geographically close rivalry. The Kangaroos would hop ahead in the first half, taking advantages of Nomad mistakes and loose ball. Tacoma would group together and go ahead toward the middle of the second half, but wouldn’t be able to expand the lead thanks to a goal line stand from Valley’s defense. Valley would turn it around and go ahead by 5. Tacoma would press toward the try zone during the last play, and the kangaroos would again hold strong at the goal line for the 24-19 win.
Pacific Northwest Men’s DIII/DIV
Rugby day in Boise as Boise United D3 also hosted Oregon Sports Union (ORSU) D3 and proved why they are undefeated and are at the top of the D3 South standings. Boise would mash the gas pedal and never relinquish, racing to a 62-17 domination of ORSU D3. Over on the D3 North side, undefeated Seattle Quake held strong in their undefeated position as well in a 21-0 beat down of Eastside Axemen. Clark County Chiefs hosted Budd Bay Buffaloes in a bid for D3 North second place. Behind a try hat trick from flanker Ronald Evenden, the Chiefs went on a Buffalo hunt and came out ahead 39-26. Meanwhile, Kitsap Renegades remained winless following a 24-56 running with Battleground Bulls and Portland Lumberjacks also failed to find a win yet; allowing Portland Pigs D3 to run amuck 19-58.