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Mid-Atlantic Recap: Teams Battle Opponents and the Elements

As the rain poured and washed out multiple games, the Mid-Atlantic battled more than just their opponents on Saturday. Only three more weekends of rugby remain before the winter break and each team wants to finish on a high note.

After winning its first Division I match in 18 months last weekend, Baltimore-Chesapeake (BC) won its second game in a row with a 24-14 victory over Pittsburgh. BC’s coach Steve Elliot said the plan was to challenge the Harlequins in the set piece. “The conditions were not conducive to wide-open play so our set piece created pressure in defense and opportunity in attack.”

It’s been a long way back for BC. “It’s been a slow process,” Elliot indicated. “If you look at our first two matches, they were competitive but we couldn’t sustain that for 80 minutes. The next two were a one-point and a two-point loss that we led for a majority of the match… The biggest change has simply been completing foundational actions: exiting the defensive zone efficiently, rebuilding defensive lines, and being stout in the set piece.”

With an 18-15 win against the Washington Irish, the Norfolk Blues improved to 3-0-1 on the season. Head coach Chris Porter’s squad has changed a lot since winning DI last season. “The young guys have stepped up and they have been around for a while. The key players like Jeff Jefferson and Jake Humphrey are definitely leading by example and really taking their opportunity to rise to their own legacy and be leaders.”

Only two games were played in the women’s ranks as Harrisburg dispatched Doylestown, 19-5, to remain undefeated and the Northeast Philadelphia Irish edged Phoenixville White Horse, 17-15, to push its record to 3-3.

For Harrisburg, coach Scott Stratton’s main focus has been a defense that has limited foes to less than 15 points a game. “We spent the vast majority of the season focusing on defense. We improved, but will still have that as our number one work-on for the spring.”

With both teams evenly matched, the field conditions only added to the intense fight between the NE Irish and Phoenixville. “It was a very tight game with the teams trading tries and came down to who had possession at the end of the game,” NE Irish coach Vicky Crosier said. “Our flyhalf, Rachel Bandura, made a conversion kick from the right side almost at the touchline. That kick, with the wind blowing hard, was clutch and ended up being the difference in the game.”

In men’s Division III Central, the Washington Renegades leads a pack of six clubs separated by nine standing points at the top of the division. At 5-1, the Renegades completed their fall season with a 19-5 away victory over BC. 

“Perseverance was the key to our win,” head coach Steven Davis said. “The pace and flow of the game was not what we were used to, or wanted, for a variety of reasons. BC is much better than their record indicates and I think our players found that out the hard way. On a day with tough conditions, anything can happen if you aren’t dictating the play.”

Lastly, the Division III South wraps up its regular season next Saturday with the playoff semifinals on November 10th. Norfolk and Virginia Beach, assuming it beats Rappahannock on Saturday, will represent the East while Roanoke and Blackwater come from the West.

Roanoke will be ready for either team in two weeks.  “To advance, we’ll need to play the same match we played this last weekend,” coach Jeremy Miller said on the 61-31 win against Blacksburg. “We’ve had back-dominated matches and pack-dominated matches, but Saturday we put both together. Everybody went through the phases, trusted the plan, and we got a big win.”

HOME SCORE AWAY SCORE DIVISION
Baltimore-Chesapeake Brumbies 24 Pittsburgh Harlequins 14 Men – DI
Washington Irish 15 Norfolk Blues 18 Men – DI
Doylestown Dragons 69 Phoenixville White Horse 19 Men – DII-North
Wilmington Rugby 7 Philadelphia Whitemarsh Rugby 24 Men – DII-North
Lancaster Roses 39 North Penn Rugby 14 Men – DII-North
South Jersey Devils 22 Old Gaelic Rugby 46 Men – DII-North
Baltimore-Chesapeake Brumbies D3 5 Washington Renegades 19 Men – DIII-Central
West Potomac Beavers 21 Northern Virginia Rugby D3 33 Men – DIII-Central
Rocky Gorge Rugby D3 12 Western Suburbs Rugby 10 Men – DIII-Central
Wilkes-Barre Scranton Breakers 36 Harrisburg Rugby 17 Men – DIII-North
Media Rugby 41 Hibernians Rugby 7 Men – DIII-North
Jersey Shore Sharks 3 Northeast Philadelphia Irish 26 Men – DIII-North
Newport News Mariners 31 Rappahannock Rugby 14 Men – DIII-South
Virginia Beach Falcons 12 Norfolk Blues D3 24 Men – DIII-South
Blacksburg Rugby 31 Roanoke Rugby 61 Men – DIII-South
Blackwater Rugby 40 Rocktown Rugby 14 Men – DIII-South
Washington Renegades D4 37 Prince William County Rugby 0 Men – DIV
Phoenixville White Horse 15 Northeast Philadelphia Rugby 17 Women – DII-North
Doylestown Dragons 5 Harrisburg Rugby 19 Women – DII-North

 

Atlantic North Recap: Plenty of Scoring Despite Poor Weather

Elite Cup:

As the 2018 ARP champions, Old Blue travelled to Chicago to take on the Chicago Lions in the reincarnation of the Elite Cup, where they won 38-29. Despite conceding the first points of the match, Old Blue got back on track, piling 33 unanswered points on the Lions in 30 minutes. Heading into half time Old Blue was leading 33-3. Chicago out played Old Blue in the second half beating them 26-5, but it was too little too late and Old Blue were crowned the Elite Cup champions in 2018.

Women’s Division I:

In a double header this weekend, Boston took on Albany and Northern Virginia took on Philadelphia.  Boston showed their strength against Albany as they cruised to a 63-7 victory.  Strong offense and an even stronger defense led Boston to their win.  In the other division I matchup, unfortunately the game got rained out. 

Men’s Division II:

Starting things off in the Men’s division II table,  in the Empire New Jersey division, Monmouth edged out a close one against the Bayonne Bombers 22-17. 

In the Empire New York division, New York Rugby defeated Lansdowne 41-7.  In another lopsided affair, the Fairfield Yankees defeated the Village Lions 45-7. 

In the final matchups of the Great Lakes division, the Pittsburgh Forge defeated the Syracuse Chargers 57-10.  In a one sided matchup, the Cleveland Crusaders defeated South Buffalo 83-0.

Moving over to the New England division, The Boston Irish Wolfhounds defeated Worcester 21-7.  In a closely contested match, Mystic River squeezed past Newport 35-32.  Boston defeated Portland 26-10.  Hartford took care of business against Amoskeag 36-17.  In a rainy affair, South Shore defeated Albany 36-7. 

Women’s Division II: 

To start, in the Empire Women’s division, the Village Lions won by way of forfeit to Suffolk 28-0.  The Danbury Mad Hatters defeated the Fairfield Yankees 34-10. 

In the New England division, Hartford downed Amoskeag 34-0.  In a very close affair, Providence found some inner-strength to hold and secure a 7-5 victory over Portland.  In a much different matchup, Worcester sizably beat Burlington 61-5.

Men’s Division III: 
In the New York City division, Rockaway defeated Old Maroon 26-5.  The Gotham Knights held on to a very close one edging past Brooklyn Rugby, 29-28. 

In the New York/Connecticut division, Fairfield fell to their rivals Danbury, 71-0.  In the other matchup Greenwich rugby defeated Saratoga, 31-17. 

In the upstate division, Buffalo defeated Ken-ton 31-5.  The Rochester Aardvarks won sizeably against Binghamton 52-19. 

Rounding things up in the New England division, MIT hung on for a hard fought victory over the Springfield Rifles, 12-7.  Old Gold narrowly defeated the Upper Valley Mountain Men 19-7. Burlington took down New London County, 43-26.  North Shore managed to hold on and secure a victory over Charles River, 12-7. Mad River/Stowe defeated Freedom sizably, 55-0. Providence defeated Boston Maccabi 30-0.

Midwest Recap: Postseason Looms as Teams Finish Regular Seasons

Elite Cup:
The Chicago Lions represented the Midwest in their Elite Cup match up with Old Blue of New York over the weekend. It was not Chicago’s day as they fell, 38-29. Despite conceding the first points of the match, Old Blue got back on track, piling 33 unanswered points on the Lions in 30 minutes. Heading into half time Old Blue was leading 33-3. Chicago out played Old Blue in the second half beating them 26-5, but it was too little too late and Old Blue were crowned the Elite Cup champions in 2018.

Men’s Premiership:

The Detroit Tradesmen continued their impressive run of victories, adding a third consecutive win to their streak and moving to 6-1 on the year. They achieved this after beating the Cincinnati Wolfhounds, 28-12. There were three lead changes in the first f15 minutes, before the Tradesmen eventually secured the victory. Ben Sa’u was the key influence in the game, crossing for two tries on the day.

The Kansas City Blues put in a dominating display against the Milwaukee Barbarians, beating them, 92-10. Four different players scored a brace each for the Blues, as they move to 3-3 on the season.

Palmer College Dragons and Metropolis were ensnared in one of the best games of the year, as Metropolis staged a late comeback to claim the, 18-17, victory. With 25 minutes left, the Dragons held a 17-8 lead, which evaporated when the men from Minnesota scored two tries in ten minutes.

The Chicago Griffins continued to roar, as they put away Columbus Rugby with ease, 47-10. Solomone Pauuvale scored two tries in their winning effort, with Joel Conzelmann going 6/7 on conversions.

 

Women’s Division I:

There was a full slate of matches in the Midwest Women’s Division I competition this weekend, and there were some emphatic victories. The Minnesota Valkyries continued their perfect season, making light work of Chicago Rugby, 51-17. Abigail Smith scored a hat trick for the Valkyries.

The other game in the competition saw Detroit Rugby defeat Wisconsin Rugby, 32-12. Early it looked as though it could be Wisconsin’s day, as they shot out to a 5-0 lead early in the game. However, 22 unanswered points from Detroit put a dent in Wisconsin’s plan and saw an insurmountable gap between the two squads created.


Men’s Division II:
Midwest:

In a match up to determine who would be the Midwest Division II regular season champions, Wisconsin Rugby came out and took the game by the horns, scoring an impressive 56-5 victory over the Indianapolis Impalas. The Impalas got a taste for how the rest of the game was going to go, with Wisconsin scoring a point a minute for the first 15 minutes. They’d go on to put up 35 total unanswered points before Indianapolis got on the board with 15 minutes to play.

The Chicago Lions D2 squad were able to finish off the regular season with a big win against Green Bay Rugby, 92-32.

The Chicago Blaze and Southside Irish were intertwined in a competitive fixture, as the Blaze were able to win, 33-29.

Great Lakes:

Two one-sided affairs in the Great Lakes as the Pittsburgh Forge dominated proceedings against the Syracuse Chargers; while, the Cleveland Crusaders crushed South Buffalo, 83-0.

Women’s Division II:

East Playoffs:

In the Eastern Conference Semifinals, it was the Gold pool that came out on top both times. In the first game, the Pittsburgh Forge took apart Columbus rugby, scoring a convincing 36-5 win. Ashley Chipps scoring twice for the Forge.

Buffalo women then followed up their Gold counterparts by defeating a strong Cincinnati Kelts squad, 18-10. The two teams were locked at ten apiece as they went into half time, but a try shortly after play resumed and a penalty was enough to carry Buffalo over the line.

West Gold:

The Chicago Sirens claimed the Division II West Gold title over the weekend, after beating the previously undefeated Grand Rapids Rugby, 57-19. From the first whistle the result of the game was never in doubt, as the Sirens had leapt out to a 31-0 lead by half time. Grand Rapids launched a couple of comeback attempts, but they were silenced convincingly. Jessica Stabenow crossed for five tries in the match.

Iliana Banshees finished their season off with a commanding 48-19 win over the Fox Valley Vixens. Christina Kulka snagging 23 points in the effort.

West Green:

Palmer College Dragons landed a big victory over the Will County Morrigans, 57-0 to close out their regular season, 53-0.

Milwaukee Scylla capped the regular season off with a big, 79-17, win against the Minneapolis Menagerie. Scylla finish the season at 5-2.

 

Men’s Division III:

Chicago Area:

The Fox Valley Maoris beat the Illiana Misfits, 66-27, in the Chicago Area Championship to claim their 9th victory of the year.

East:

Presque Isle Scallywags and the Cleveland Crusaders D3 side met in what was one of, if not, the toughest matches this season. On the line was the crown for the Midwest’s Division III East pool. It took 120 minutes of rugby to finally find a champion, who turned out to be the Scallywags. In a tremendous sign of resiliency, the only time the Scallywags held the lead was as they crossed for the eventual game winner in the 119th minute.

Iowa:

The Bremer County Bucks capped off a perfect season with a, 19-12, win against the Iowa City Ducks; as a result, claiming the Iowa title.

Minnesota:

The Rochester Rogues closed out their year, with a 36-5 victory over the Makato Marauders. Sam Bastyr was the star for the Rogues capturing two tries on the day.

North:

Detroit Tradesmen D3 were unable to replicate the efforts of their D1 squad falling to the Grand Rapids Gazelles, 36-7. Zebb Dewes-Taylor put the team on his back in a brilliant individual display, scoring 26 of the team’s 36 points.

Fort Wayne will finish at 6-2 after they defeated Detroit Rugby, soundly, 50-19.

The Kalamazoo Dogs proved there was bite to their bark, as they beat the Michiana Moose, 33-17.

The Toledo Celtics finished off their year with an impressive showing against the Capital Area Crises, winning, 44-7. The Celtics’ halves combined for the first 24 points of the match.

South:

Queen City Rugby got the better of the Lexington Blackstones, 38-12. This was, in large part, due to the efforts of Patrick Meyer who scored four tries.

Louisville finished up undefeated as they took down the Dayton Flying Pigs, 22-15. This marked the first loss of the year for the Flying Pigs, and means that Louisville are the 2018 champions of the South pool.

The Columbus Castaways were assisted by Victor Banjo over the weekend, who scored five tries as the Castaways beat Columbus Rugby D3, 33-17.

Wisconsin:

Milwaukee Black and Blue were able to see off Oconomowoc Rugby 27-17; and The Wisconsin Sharks were too good for Fond du Luc Wolfpac, winning 39-10.

 
Women’s Division III:
The Dayton Flying Pigs beat the Louisville Riversharks 46-10. Amber Mullen scored over half the points for the Flying Pigs, tallying 26 in total.

Men’s Division IV:


Minnesota:

The Metropolis D4 squad secured an impressive 48-29 victory over the St. Paul Jazz Pigs. Tries came quickly and often for them, with Randall Tanak
a and Kurt Siudzinski scoring three and four tries respectively.

North:

Fort Wayne D4 fell to the Findlay Scars, 19-10.

Midwest Recap: Top of the Table Teams Survive Scares

Midwest Premiership:

The Detroit Tradesmen were able to give the Chicago Lions a taste of their own medicine when they avenged a loss from September, winning 30-19. It was a brilliant first half, in which the Tradesmen escaped to a 20-0 lead, that helped them get over the line on Saturday.

It was a one-sided affair between the Chicago Griffins and the Cincinnati Wolfhounds. The Chicago men were too dominant and ran away with a 69-20 win. The Griffins were led by open-side flanker, John Luhrsen who scored a hat trick.

Slow and steady wins the race, at least that was the case for Palmer College Dragons on the weekend. They overcame a sluggish start to push past a competitive Milwaukee Barbarians side, 36-17. The Dragons despite succumbing to a 10-point deficit within the first ten minutes, were still able to draw the game level. The Barbarians would go on to retake a seven-point advantage but the Dragons stormed back thanks to two tries in ten minutes from lock, Michael Lawrenson and cruised to victory.  

Metropolis continues to be prove themselves as the best in the western pool, as they moved to 5-0 after beating the St. Louis Bombers, 41-23 on the weekend.

 

Women’s Division I:

The Minnesota Valkyries remain firmly entrenched in the top spot of the Midwest Women’s Division I standings. They have now improved to 5-0 on the season, as they beat Detroit Rugby in a nail biter, 29-27.

 

Men’s Division II:

Midwest:

After an impressive 45-24 win this weekend over the Chicago Lions D2, the Indianapolis Impalas were able to keep pressure  in the standings on the competition leaders, Wisconsin Rugby. After a slow first thirty from both Indianapolis and Chicago, the Impalas scored two tries just before the break to take the lead and the momentum, 14-0. Another quick try shortly after the start of the second half saw them escape to a 21-0 lead. The teams traded scores from there, but the damage had been done.

Lincoln Park got their third win of the season over a resilient Eastside Banshees side, 44-31. The Banshees were first on the board, getting out in front 14-0, but Lincoln Park stormed back with 24 unanswered points. After forfeiting the lead, the Banshees never got another sniff at it, and Lincoln Park rode the lead until the end of the game.

Metropolis D2 side were unable to replicate the efforts of their D1 squad and fell in a tightly contested battle to the South Side Irish, 26-14.  

Great Lakes:

Buffalo won a crucial match against the Cleveland Crusaders, narrowly getting a, 18-14, win. The Pittsburgh Forge ran right through the Rochester Aardvarks, 67-36. 

Women’s Division II:

East Gold:

Buffalo Rugby saw off a stiff challenge from their crosstown rivals, South Buffalo, 33-12. South Buffalo got off to a roaring start scoring in the first minute, but Buffalo responded with two tries in the next ten minutes. Those two tries were the sparkplug to a run of 26 unanswered points, which ultimately was enough to secure the win.

East Green:

Cincinnati Kelts continued their excellent run of form, moving to 6-0 on the season after blowing by Columbus Rugby, 48-5. They were led by Krista Dyer who got over the line three times. 

West Green:
Palmer College recorded their third win of the season over the weekend as they moved by Twin Cities Amazons D2, 42-15.

Will County Morrigans were too good for the Minneapolis Menagerie as the dominated from start to finish putting up over 50 points in the process.

Men’s Division III:

Chicago Area:

The Illiana Misfits were too strong for the struggling Peoria Pigs, beating them convincingly, 67-31.

The Fox Valley Maoris completed a perfect regular season by knocking off the Chicago Westside Condors, 44-0. Peter Banks, the Maoris open-side flanker, scored a double.

East:

In a low scoring affair, Presque Isle Scallywags saw off a persistent Cleveland Rovers side, 10-7. A penalty kick in the 44th minute from Jordan Heberle is all that separated the two teams.  

The Cleveland Crusaders D3 squad lent a hand to the Scallywags, by beating their rivals Pittsburgh Forge D3, 38-29.

The Canton Maddogs overpowered the South Pittsburgh Hooligans, 73-7. Fadzai Mushonga contributed 25 points to the Maddogs campaign.

Minnesota:

The St. Cloud Bottom Feeders saw off a Rochester Rogues team that was a thorn in their side all day, 29-19.

The St. Paul Jazz Pigs kept themselves in second place by discarding the Eastside Banshees D3 squad, 45-24.  

North:

Grand Rapids Gazelles are still undefeated as they out muscled the Flint Rogues, 70-7. Zebb Dewes-Taylor was the highest point scorer, with nineteen points.

In an arm-wrestle, Michigan rugby saw off the Kalamazoo Dogs 13-10.

Detroit Rugby hung 55 points on the Toledo Celtics. The men from the Motor City scored 45 points in 43 minutes before the Celtics were able to get on the board. Final score, 55-28.

South:

Dayton Flying Pigs retained their first spot in the competition after beating the Westside Outcasts 71-0.

The Flying Pigs closest competitor, Louisville, are also undefeated on the year, and they kept the pressure on with a win over the Cincinnati Kelts, 50-24.

The men from Columbus Ohio, travelled to Columbus Indiana to take on the Rhinos. The match was worth the travel as Columbus Rugby D3 came away with a lop-sided victory, 51-10.

The Columbus Castaways were also successful on the road, as they took down the Lexington Blackstones in convincing fashion, 58-7.

Wisconsin:

Fond du Lac Wolfpac bounced back after a tough loss last week, beating the Fox City Gargoyles, 39-14.

In an all Milwaukee affair, it was the Barbarians D3 side that had the better of Milwaukee Black and Blue. The Barbarians D3 had no issue on either side of the ball playing stout defense and putting up over 50 in attack.

Milwaukee Rugby faced off against the Wisconsin Sharks, and it was never in doubt, Milwaukee beating the sharks, 39-7.

The Final game in the Wisconsin division saw, Oconomowoc Rugby blow the doors off the Oshkosh Pigs defense, putting up 41 points. However, Oshkosh did some scoring of their own, just not enough. Final score, 41-26.

Women’s Division III:

The only game played this weekend in the Midwest Women’s Division III competition, saw an excellent contest between the Dayton Flying Pigs and Fort Wayne Rugby. Dayton survived a late comeback attempt from Fort Wayne to win, 29-21

 

Men’s Division IV:

Buckeye:

The Columbus Coyotes played a clinical display of rugby, against the Dayton Flying Pigs D4 squad. They walked away well deserved winners, 39-12.

Lancaster Men of Stone also found themselves celebrating a victory as they were able to get up over the Columbus Castaways D4 side, and scored over fifty points in the process.

 

Central:

Chicago Blaze torched the Kenosha Mammoths, 60-0.

The Indianapolis Impalas D4 squad finished their season off with a bang, seeing off Crashlander Rugby 48-15.

Iowa:

Cedar Rapids Headhunters doubled River City Rugby’s score, winning, 34-17.

Iowa Falls Rugby enjoyed a similar fate to the Headhunters, securing a 22-7 win over Des Moines Rugby D4.

Atlantic North Recap: Ties Run Rampant Through Competition

Women’s Division I

In the lone matchup of this weekend, Raleigh and Northern Virginia squared off in a very highly contested matchup.  While it was Raleigh leading the charge in the first half with a 20-5 lead, Norther Virginia came rallying back in the second half.  They came up just short, however, as Raleigh was able to secure the victory, 25-20. 

There are two matches next week in the women’s division I bracket.  Boston will take on Albany, and Northern Virginia will play again against Philadelphia. 

Men’s Division II

Going to start things off with a bang in the Empire Men’s New Jersey division.  The Union County Mudturtles won decisively 101-0 against Princeton Athletic.  In a much closer affair, the Bayonne Bombers narrowly defeated Monmouth 31-24.  For the final math in this division, Monmouth defeated Morris, 35-14. 

Jumping to the New York City division, New Haven defeated the Village Lions 46-26.  New York Rugby defeated White Plains 46-22.  Lastly, Old Blue and Lansdowne couldn’t have been more evenly matched as they ended in a tie, 17-17. 

Moving over to the Great Lakes division.  Buffalo squeezed out a close one against the Cleveland Crusaders, 18-14.  Pittsburgh Forge hung up a lot of points against Rochester in a victory, 67-36. 

In the New England division, Newport defeated Worcester 30-19.  Boston defeated Amoskeag 33-14.  Mystic cruised to a 45-10 victory over South Shore.  The Boston Irish Wolfhounds traveled up to Albany and won marginally, 29-8.  Lastly, Portland defeated Hartford, 14-7. 

Women’s Division II

In the Empire division, New Haven took on Danbury and ended in a tie 24-24.  Fairfield downed Long Island 58-17.  Morris downed Monmouth 41-19.  In a large victory for Rochester, they won 90-0 against the Ithaca Avengers. 

In the New England division, Portland defeated Burlington 38-12.  Worcester downed the Charles River Rats 52-0. Providence sizably defeated Amoskeag 52-0.

Men’s Division III

In the New Jersey/Long Island division, Suffolk defeated North Jersey 62-19.  Long Island won big, 112-7 over Morris. 

Jumping to the New York City division, Brooklyn defeated Old Maroon 76-0.  

In the New York/Connecticut division, Saratoga defeated White Plains 40-21.   

Moving over to the Upstate division, Southtown defeated South Buffalo 74-19. Ken-ton downed Rochester 24-5. 

Last but not least, the New England division. Charles River Rats won 48-28 over Burlington.  Boston Maccabi defeated Freedom 54-7. Providence defeated Upper Valley 44-14.  Old Gold squeezed out a close one against New London 47-42.  North Shore came down to the wire against Springfield 33-31 North shore.

Mid-Atlantic Recap: Top Teams Clash in Evenly Fought Battles

With only four weeks left to play before the winter break, the squads of the Mid-Atlantic Conference are positioning themselves for the spring. Of the ten undefeated teams across the seven divisions, four dominated with shutouts, two ran up 40-point totals in contested matches, one was on a bye, and three won by a converted try or less.

Despite a 1-4-1 record, the Potomac Exiles have been in every match they’ve played this season. Against Rocky Gorge, Potomac pushed the division leader to the limit, but fell 17-12. Gorge played without five of its regular starters as the match came down to a few successful kicks and hard-nosed defense.

“We played solid defense,” Gorge coach Nick DiMichele said. “We had a lot of mistakes in the first half and we didn’t let Potomac capitalize. In the second, we weren’t able to generate good go-forward but still maintained composure and played good defense to hang on for the win.”

In a rematch of the women’s divisional semifinal from last season, Raleigh beat NOVA, 25-20, for its first DI win. Raleigh coach Mike Streicker indicated that solid defense and an effective set piece were keys to the win. “We played within our system and had trust in each other on the pitch. Our centers made several key line breaks that we were able to capitalize on. Unfortunately, we had several knocks that cost us points but were able to grind the ball downfield when we needed to do so.”

Down in women’s Division III, South Jersey remained perfect with a 22-0 blanking of Philadelphia. Rookie wing Christine Wilson scored two tries and Kelsey McGarvey and Judy Rodriguez chipped in the others. Coach Chris Kevenaar said, “We were effective in the first half by matching Philly’s power and denying multiple scoring opportunities. In the second half, we maintained possession. Defensively, we were very disciplined in setting up a defensive line and shutting down any attack on the outside.”

It was #1 versus #2 in the men’s Division II North as Doylestown clashed with Philadelphia-Whitemarsh. The squads matched each other blow for blow until the Dragons scored the final ten points for the 25-18 win. Matt Hartwell and Eric French led by example so Doylestown could stay undefeated.

“The key to the victory was to be patient and trust in ourselves,” coach Mike McCandless said. “We weren’t trying to do too much and we weren’t forcing bad passes. We have been working to clean up our penalty count and we cut it in half this game.”

The team that has been flying under the radar this season is Division III North’s Media RFC. Media has only given up a total of 30 points this fall and clobbered Harrisburg with eight tries to win 43-5.

“We have been working on fitness and a defensive system that gives up very few points,” coach Rick Van Luvender said. “We have a couple of dynamic players in our centers in Luciano Perotti and Brian Hay. The two of them running together really opens up the defense getting players to commit to one and offloading to the other.”

Lastly, the top two clubs in women’s Division II North squared off as Harrisburg fended off a tough challenge from Phoenixville White Horse. Harrisburg led by four points at the half and exploded for four tries in the second for the 43-26 victory.

The key for coach Scott Stratton’s club’s triumph was sticking to the gameplan. “The women are really doing well with knowing what we do good works. Everybody gets a chance with the ball and everybody plays defense. With that, we got a strong win against a strong team.”

HOME SCORE AWAY SCORE DIVISION
Northern Virginia Rugby 64 Schuylkill River Exiles 20 Men – DI
Potomac Exiles 12 Rocky Gorge Rugby 17 Men – DI
Washington Irish 20 Baltimore-Chesapeake Brumbies 31 Men – DI
Norfolk Blues 25 Pittsburgh Harlequins 13 Men – DI
Lancaster Roses 20 Old Gaelic Rugby 36 Men – DII-North
North Penn Rugby 34 Wilmington Rugby 29 Men – DII-North
Philadelphia Whitemarsh Rugby 18 Doylestown Dragons 25 Men – DII-North
Lehigh Valley Hooligans 28 Phoenixville White Horse 51 Men – DII-North
Raleigh Vipers 61 James River Rugby 5 Men – DII-South
Frederick Rugby 24 West Potomac Beavers 25 Men – DIII-Central
Washington Irish D3 64 Baltimore-Chesapeake Brumbies D3 7 Men – DIII-Central
North Bay Rugby Win Rocky Gorge Rugby D3 Forfeit Men – DIII-Central
Northern Virginia Rugby D3 24 Severn River Rugby 43 Men – DIII-Central
Happy Valley Barbarians 22 Hibernians Rugby 7 Men – DIII-North
Harrisburg Rugby 5 Media Rugby 43 Men – DIII-North
Wilkes-Barre Scranton Breakers 35 Reading Rugby 24 Men – DIII-North
Brandywine Rugby 87 Philadelphia Gryphons 0 Men – DIII-North
Schuylkill River Exiles D3 20 Jersey Shore Sharks 29 Men – DIII-North
Northeast Philadelphia Irish 56 Blackthorn Rugby 0 Men – DIII-North
Rocktown Rugby 10 Blacksburg Rugby 24 Men – DIII-South
Blackwater Rugby 17 Roanoke Rugby 24 Men – DIII-South
Norfolk Blues D3 37 Newport News Mariners 0 Men – DIII-South
Washington Scandals 12 Western Suburbs Rugby D4 74 Men – DIV
Baltimore Flamingos 3 North Bay Rugby D4 158 Men – DIV
Phoenixville White Horse 38 Patuxent River Rugby 19 Men – DIV
Raleigh Venom 25 Northern Virginia Rugby 20 Women – DI-Eastern
Harrisburg Rugby 43 Phoenixville White Horse 26 Women – DII-North
Northeast Philadelphia Rugby 78 Brandywine Riot 5 Women – DII-North
James River Rugby 21 Norfolk Storm 22 Women – DII-South
Severn River Rugby 103 D.C. Furies D2 0 Women – DII-South
York & Lancaster Thorns 51 Lehigh Valley Rugby 0 Women – DIII-North
Philadelphia Rugby D3 0 South Jersey Devils 22 Women – DIII-North
Maryland Stingers 43 Frederick Rugby 0 Women – DIII-South

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.

South Recap: Fall Season Starting to Warm Up

The True South Rugby division kicked off this Saturday, joining the Carolinas and Georgia in early-season USA Rugby South action from Saturday, October 13.  Here are the results from Saturday’s Games:

Women’s Division II:

In the Carolinas/Georgia Women’s Rugby action from Saturday, the Savannah Shamrocks  hosted and defeated the Eno River Rage 119 to 12, with three tries and two conversions. The Shamrocks limited the Rage to two tries and one conversion.

In the True South division, the Nashville Stone Lions  beat the Memphis Flamingos 45 to 29.  The Lions scored six tries and five conversions, while the Flamingos scored five tries and two conversions.

Men’s Division II: 

In the northern subdivision of the Carolinas/Georgia division Saturday, the Tobacco Road RFC  defeated the Charleston Outlaws 29 to 12.  In the contest, Tobacco Road scored four tries and three conversions.  The Outlaws were limited to two tries and one conversion.

In the southern subdivision of Carolinas/Georgia, the Atlanta Renegades beat the Atlanta Old White RFC 19 to 12.  The Renegades scored three tries and two conversions, while the Old White was limited to two tries and one conversion.

In the True South Men’s Division, Nashville RFC  routed the Knoxville Possums 66 to 8.  Nashville scored ten tries and six conversions, while Knoxville was limited to one try and one conversion.

Men’s Division-III:

In Men’s Carolina/Georgia rugby action, the Asheville RFC hosted the Cape Fear RFC.  Asheville defeated Cape Fear by a score of 68 to 12.  Asheville earned six converted tries, and limited Cape Fear to just two tries and one conversion.

Men’s Division IV: 

In the Men’s newly created Division-IV, the Southern Pines RFC crushed the Clayton Bootleggers by a score of 78 to 0.  Southern Pines scored 14 tries and four conversions and kept Clayton completely out of the try zone.

Pacific North Recap: Top Women's Sides Soar

Pacific Northwest Women’s Division II:

Emerald City Mudhens defended more than their home field and unbeaten record against Tacoma Sirens; they defended their goal line from being crossed.  The Mudhens pecked away at the Sirens’ usually staunch defense, racking up points while not allowing Tocama on the board at all, despite an Emerald City yellow card.  The sirens’ song was muted 77-0.  Budd Bay Bandits travelled south across the Washington border to face Oregon Sports Union D2 (ORSU) with hopes of remaining in second place in the standings.  In another lopsided game, Budd Bay raced to a 0-41 lead at the half.  The Bandits allowed a couple consolation tries in the second half before stealing the victory 10-80.  Coming off a tough loss against Emerald City, Bend Lady Roughriders regained their composure at home against Eugene reign.  In another match that saw a 70+ point differential, it was all Bend behind a 32 point performance by #12, Xela Goodman.  Eugene never gave up, though, scoring a converted try in the final 5 minutes to save the shutout, but accepted defeat 79-7. 

Pacific Northwest Men’s Division III & IV:

Portland Lumberjacks hosted Bend as the Roughriders looked to make another statement following last week’s commanding victory.  They started out quickly with a try from #12 Mike Gamm who put up 16 of Bend’s 46 first half points.  Bend would topple the Lumberjacks 80-7 and move ahead of Eugene in the standings. To add to the day of lopsided victories, Budd Bay Buffaloes played host to Eastside Axemen.  A defensive battle at first, there wasn’t a score until Budd Bay’s #10 James Barnwell slotted a Penalty kick at 22 minutes.  That opened the door for Bud Bay and they would end the half 27-0.  The buffaloes were on open ground the second half, stampeding to a 68-0 win.  Clark County Chiefs hosted the undefeated Seattle Quake in a match that would shorten the gap between #11 and #2 seed in the standings.  Seattle would score almost immediately, sending a statement to Clark County that a win would not come easy.  Clark County answered after a comprehensive back and forth and jumped in the lead 10-5.  Quake would add a drop goal, and the score would remain in Clark County’s favor going into the half 10-8.  Whatever was said in the huddle at half time worked, as Seattle came out strong.  The Quake wouldn’t stop rumbling until a last minute try by Clark County, but the damage had been done and the Chiefs fall 17-39.

Pacific Northwest Men’s Division II:

D2 had its share of one-sided victories as well.  Eastside Tsunami completely washed away the visiting Valley Kangaroos 60-0, behind #14 Sione Diaz’s hat-trick of tries.  Boise United made the long trip to Chuckanut Bay and had an easy time defending their unbeaten record as they sunk the Geoducks 5-89.  Tacoma Nomads had their last road trip of the first half down in Portland and faced an underrated Pigs side.  The injury-riddled Nomad side failed to find any footing against an unremitting defense and forward pack.  Tacoma was held to two tries as they lost 48-12.

Midwest Recap: Important Results as Seasons Draw to a Close

Midwest Premiership:

The top team in the Midwest’s East pool, the Chicago Lions, played a masterclass shutting their opponents, the Cincinnati Wolfhounds out, 88-0. Both Michael Houston and Brian Rooney, the Lions’ inside center and fullback, scored hat tricks on the day.

The Detroit Tradesmen continued their successful return to Division I play, by beating Columbus Rugby, 41-17. Joe Bargerstock crossed twice on the day for the Tradesmen.  

The St. Louis Bombers suffered their second loss of the season, as they fell to the Kansas City Blues, 17-10. The Bombers, by the end of the match, were down three men but showed tremendous resiliency to score late and secure the losing bonus point.

Metropolis travelled from Minnesota to Wisconsin on Saturday to take on the Milwaukee Barbarians. In what would turn out to be a lopsided game, Metropolis came away with their perfect season intact, 55-10.  


Women’s Division I:

It was as close as they come, when Wisconsin Rugby hosted Chicago Rugby over the weekend. Chicago held on for the narrow victory, 29-28. During the game, there was a total of five lead changes.

Men’s Division II:

Midwest:

Metropolis D2 followed the lead of the first division squad and scored a decisive win over the Green Bay Celtics, 43-3.

Wisconsin Rugby proved to be just too strong for the Chicago Lions D2 side as they edged them out in a physical encounter, 45-34.

Indianapolis Impalas were able to win an arm wrestle of a match against the Chicago Blaze, 43-31. In a great all-round team display, they had seven different players score tries.

Great Lakes:

Buffalo played it tight agains the Rochester Aardvarks, ultimately prevailing, 20-14.  In another close match, the Cleveland Crusaders beat the Pittsburg Forge 32-31.  Formerly winless South Buffalo defeated the Chargers, 45-25, for their first win of the year. 

Women’s Division II:

East Gold:

Buffalo rugby took on their crosstown rival, the North Buffalo Ninjas, and were victorious, 38-17. Trisha John, crossing for two tries on the day.

West Green:

Grand Rapids Rugby, as they have been all year, were too strong for their opposition. Their victims this week were the Fox Valley Vixens, who fell 67-12. One game remains for each team on the season.


West Gold: 

In a high scoring tug of war, it was the Minneapolis Menagerie that had the greater pull beating the Will County Morrigans, 42-40. Anna Grimes, the Menagerie’s inside center, was instrumental in the win, scoring four tries.

The Chicago Lions put a halt to the Milwaukee Scylla four game winning streak over the weekend as they claimed a 46-17 victory. With their victory, they move to 4-0-1 on the year and sit atop of the table, having played one less game than their closest competitors.

 

Men’s Division III:

Chicago Area:

Despite, playing away from home, the Fox Valley Maoris were able to claim their 7th win of the season against the Lake County Gladiators, 44-10. This helps the Maoris continue to distance themselves from their competition and keeps the dreams of a perfect season alive.

The Northwest Woodsmen, are doing their best to keep up with the Maoris, as they beat the Chicago Riot to advance to 5-1-1 on the season. The Chicago area pool is proving to be one of the most competitive competitions in the country.

The Illiana Misfits improved to 5-1-1 on the year after a strong and well-earned victory over Lincoln Park Rugby D3, 26-20.

East:

The Cleveland Crusaders D3 played a tense affair against the Canton Maddogs. With their win, the Crusaders move to 5-1 on the season and are atop the Ohio Pool. For the first 50 minutes the two teams went back and forth, with the Maddogs scoring and the Crusaders replying. After 55 minutes, the Crusaders held a slim lead of 14-12. The Crusaders would then score eight unanswered points in a fifteen-minute span, to take a commanding 22-12 lead. The Maddogs attempted to stage a late comeback, but ultimately feel short, 22-19.  

Iowa:

The Iowa City Ducks never had a doubt in their mind about the outcome of Saturday’s game as they blew passed the Northeast Iowa Barbarians, 88-7.

The Bremer County Bucks remain untouchable in the Iowa pool, as they earned a tough win against a resilient Omaha Goats squad, 39-27.

Minnesota:

The visiting St. Paul Jazz Pigs came out as big victors in their game against the Eastside Banshees D3 side, 42-20.  

It was a Back and forth affair between the top two teams in the Minnesota pool of the Midwest’s Men’s Division III competition. Eventually it was the St. Cloud Bottom Feeders that got one over on the Mankato Marauders, 29-19. The Bottom Feeders are now 6-0 on the season.

North:

The Detroit Tradesmen D3 made light work of Michigan Rugby, taking them down by a convincing, 55-12, margin of victory.  

Traverse Bay Blues were able to get their 5th win of the season in a critical match against the Flint Rogues, 34-8. As a result of winning this game the Blues are now the regular season champions of the Midwest Men’s Division III North: Northern Pool.

Fort Wayne Rugby were happy with their performance over the weekend. They handled the Kalamazoo dogs with ease, 55-12.

South:

Queen City Rugby out muscled the Cincinnati Kelts over the weekend. Poor tackling was the difference on the day. Queen City now has two wins on the year, and the Kelts are left with one.

Wisconsin:

Fox Cities Gargoyles fell to 2-3 on the season after hard fought loss to the Wisconsin Sharks, 38-27. Jacob Vaughan scored two tries in the losing effort.

Oconomowoc Rugby moved to 3-2 on the year, after an emphatic win over the Milwaukee Barbarians D3 side, 84-17.

Milwaukee Rugby put on a dominant display against Fond du Lac Wolfpac, shutting them out to the tune of an 86-0 score line.

Division IV: 

Central:

Chicago Riot D4 saw out a tight victory over Crashlander Rugby, 26-25. The win was the first of the year for the Riot.

Chicago Blaze D4 remain undefeated on the season as they beat, at the time, another undefeated side, the Indianapolis Impalas D4, 28-10.

Iowa:

It was a dominant return to play for the Iowa Falls Rugby Club, when they beat River City 55-14. Jacob Mello was the star of the day as he crossed for three tries during the match.