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Mid- Atlantic Recap: Rematches Produce Interesting Results

The breakdown of Saturday’s action in the Mid-Atlantic included eight games decided by ten or fewer points, four shutouts and 15 matches where the margin of victory was greater than 21 points.

After Pittsburgh beat Potomac, 36-29, in men’s Division I, one of the closest matches of the day took a place between two clubs trying to get traction in the division. After falling behind 17-0 before halftime, NOVA scored four straight tries to lead 26-24. After scoring in the 79th minute to cut the lead to two points, Baltimore-Chesapeake received the restart and moved the ball downfield in the NOVA 22. With no time left, NOVA was penalized and BC chose to scrum down. Unfortunately, the referee called BC for driving early and NOVA kicked the ball into touch for the win.

“In the first 20 minutes, we had the ball and were inside the 22, but we just couldn’t put it in,” NOVA coach Joe Tropea said. “In the second half, it was all about execution and belief. They were big boys and were pushing us around. We had to believe in our skill and the plan and it all started coming together.”

In another close battle, the women’s Division III game between Philadelphia and the York & Lancaster Thorns looked to be a repeat of their match from three weeks ago. Each club scored five tries in the contest and it came down to who could make its conversions. In the end, Philly’s Marisa Duplisea was four for five for the 33-31 win.

“The key to the win was persistence, not getting worn down,” Philly coach Bill Jalbert stated. “We put ourselves on the back foot in the first half down 21-5. We fixed it in the second half and came out looking like a different team. It truly was a game of two halves. It helped that we had a full bench and I was able to use all of my reserves and they did not.”

Another rematch saw Phoenixville White Horse avenge its 49-11 loss to Doylestown two weeks ago. In women’s Division III, Phoenixville outmuscled the Dragons to win 36-22 behind a 21-point day from Saleiha Mayer-Marks.

“We played Doylestown two weeks ago and they really beat us and beat us bad,” coach John Hammer said. “They out-physicaled us everywhere on the field. On Saturday, we tried to be the physically dominating force and we did that especially around the breakdown… I hope we use what we gained beating Doylestown and take it to Harrisburg next week.”

On the other side of the spectrum, the Northeast Philadelphia Irish in men’s Division III has been dominating the competition all season. After shutting out the Jersey Shore Sharks, 33-0, the NE Irish defense has only allowed 12 points in five games with three shutouts.

“The key to our defense is just discipline, knowing your responsibilities and trusting your teammates to do their job,” coach Tim Morris said. “Our guys this season are just doing the fundamentals correctly and playing disciplined. This group of guys loves to hit and tackle so they enjoy playing defense.”

Continuing on the theme of big wins, NOVA took to the road for its first adventure in the new women’s DI East. In Albany, N.Y., NOVA blistered the Sirens for eight tries ending in a 48-5 victory, which included a hat trick from Christina Metztmaier.  

“Albany is a tough place to play, long drive and a skilled opponent with good size across the board,” NOVA coach Brian Walker said. “Our key to victory was balance. We had to be balanced in attack, in defense, and in our positional play. We did that and everyone who traveled with us played and contributed in some way in a 48-5 win.”

HOME SCORE AWAY SCORE DIVISION
Pittsburgh Harlequins 36 Potomac Exiles 29 Men – DI
Baltimore-Chesapeake Brumbies 24 Northern Virginia Rugby 26 Men – DI
South Jersey Devils 22 North Penn Rugby 0 Men – DII-North
Philadelphia-Whitemarsh Rugby 40 Lancaster Roses 12 Men – DII-North
Wilmington Rugby 23 Phoenixville White Horse 29 Men – DII-North
Washington Rugby 17 Virginia Rugby 57 Men – DII-South
Richmond Lions 11 Raleigh Vipers 37 Men – DII-South
Washington Renegades 28 Virginia Griffins 0 Men – DIII-Central
North Bay Rugby 17 Western Suburbs Rugby 15 Men – DIII-Central
Baltimore-Chesapeake D3 14 Northern Virginia Rugby D3 50 Men – DIII-Central
Reading Rugby 55 Hibernians Rugby 12 Men – DIII-North
Wilkes-Barre Scranton Breakers 15 Media Rugby 17 Men – DIII-North
Harrisburg Rugby 34 Happy Valley Barbarians 12 Men – DIII-North
Blackthorn Rugby 8 Brandywine Rugby 25 Men – DIII-North
Northeast Philadelphia Irish 33 Jersey Shore Sharks 0 Men – DIII-North
Philadelphia Gryphons 32 Delmarva Rugby 10 Men – DIII-North
Rappahannock Rugby 22 Virginia Beach Falcons 31 Men – DIII-South
Blacksburg Rugby 32 Blackwater Rugby 10 Men – DIII-South
Roanoke Rugby 44 Rocktown Rugby 19 Men – DIII-South
North Bay Rugby D4 34 Western Suburbs Rugby D4 26 Men – DIV
Baltimore Flamingos 0 Washington Renegades D4 79 Men – DIV
Phoenixville White Horse 34 Prince William County Rugby 14 Men – DIV
Patuxent River Rugby 77 Washington Scandals 5 Men – DIV
Albany Sirens 5 Northern Virginia Rugby 48 Women – DI-East
Raleigh Venom 27 Boston Rugby 33 Women – DI-East
Phoenixville White Horse 36 Doylestown Dragons 22 Women – DII-North
York & Lancaster Thorns 31 Philadelphia Rugby D3 33 Women – DIII-North
Rappahannock Rugby 43 Northern Virginia Rugby D3 19 Women – DIII-South

Pacific North Recap: Leaders Remain as Fields Change

Pacific Northwest Men’s DII

Boise United maintained its undefeated dominance this week as they hosted the Portland Pigs.  D2 head coach Kirk Pulver noted regarding the Pigs, “Portland is a solid club and gave us any fits.  Our forward pack is taking on an identity that pleases us coaches.” Pulver further described his pack as craving “blue collar work.”  This was evident on the scoreboard as Boise jumped ahead quickly with 14 unanswered points.  Portland later took a small advantage of a Boise yellow card, but the halftime score still favored Boise 22-12.  Both teams came out swinging in the second half, putting points on the board.  Boise added another 7 with 10 minutes left and Portland could only answer with a yellow card as they fell to United 41-17.  Elsewhere, Tacoma Nomads wandered down to Camas High School and met a strong Eastside Tsunami squad, riding a winning wave of high-scoring games.  Tacoma would prove a tougher side than Eastside was expecting, especially in the forwards, so Eastside’s game plan was to get the ball out wide and run downhill.  This strategy would be beneficial for the Tsunami, as they defended an onslaught of pick-and-goes and washed away Tacoma 78-19.

Pacific Northwest Men’s Division III/IV

Boise United D3 remained unbeaten against Portland Pigs D3.  Boise dominated in every aspect of the game and put up 40 points in as many minutes to make it 40-0 at half.  Portland regathered themselves for the second half and scored quickly, but could not keep the ball or stop Boise’s offense as the United put up another 19 and relinquished only a penalty try to skin the Pigs 59-14.  The win gives Boise sole possession of top seed.  Eugene Stags travelled to Bend to face the Roughriders in an attempt to climb up the board.  The Roughriders would have something else in mind and gave the Stags quite the ride from the start, closing the half 45-12.  The second half was a reflection of the first as Bend would more than double their first half points, knocking the Stags down from the third spot, 93-12.  Top seeded in PNW North, Seattle quake hosted Budd Bay Buffaloes in a battle that could be a foreshadowing of what is to come later in the season.  Both teams showed strength and rigidity, and it would be Seattle that would break first near the end of the half.  7-12 at the midway whistle.  The Quake would show a collective strength and regrouped for the second half, quickly taking the lead 14-12.  Seattle would score again while short a man due to a yellow card making it 19-12.  Budd Bay would fight hard for a comeback, but fell short at the end 19-17.  Oregon Sports Union (ORSU) D3 travelled to across town to face the Portland Lumberjacks looking for their first win.  ORSU D3 was relentless in their attack and toppled the Lumberjacks 7-43.

Pacific Northwest Women’s DII

Boise completed its trifecta of a rugby day as the United women hosted Chuckanut Bay Geoducks.  Boise looked to jump ahead of Chuckanut in the standings and needed the win.  Head coach Carrie Magnuson described the game as “good phase play and owning the breakdown area resulted in ten tries,” “lead by 5 tries from back Megan Harvey and 3 by forward Lauren Hennrich.”  Boise would move up a spot with a convincing victory 54-14.  Emerald City Mudhens would defend their first place spot on the road against Bend Lady Roughriders in a defensive battle, nearly shutting out Bend, except for a consolation try with 5 minutes left to make it 7-24.

Midwest Recap: Dramatic Endings Widen Race for Playoff Berths

Men’s Premiership:

Columbus Rugby and Cincinnati Wolfhounds both entered this weekend looking to pick up their first win of the season. The Wolfhounds had been competitive throughout the season, losing two of their three games by seven or less; however, Saturday was not going to be their day. Cincinnati opened the scoring but Columbus lead by Ruan Allerston stomred back to score the game’s next 20 points. From there the Wolfhounds tried to claw back but Columbus always had an answer. Columbus winning, 35-22.

The Chicago Lions were handed their first loss of the season, when their crosstown foe, the Chicago Griffins scored in the final minute of play to claim a, 26-23, victory. It was a close game from start to finish. The game had a total of five lead changes throughout the 80 minutes.  However, the final, and most important score, came courtesy of Takudzwa Ngwenya in the dying stages to give the Griffins the win.

In another nail biter, it was St Louis that prevailed over the Palmer College Dragons, 12-10. It took until the final stages of the first stanza to see the scoreboard tick over, as the Bombers crossed the line. However, shortly after the second half commenced, the Dragons struck back with a penalty to make it 7-3. The two teams traded tries but Palmer was unable to touch St. Louis’s lead.

Metropolis Rugby is the only undefeated team in the Midwest Premiership, after they beat the Kansas City Blues, 27-14. The game began as a close affair with Kansas City trailing by only three in the 39th minute. However, Metropolis scored before the end of the half and with that score the momentum went with them, creating an insurmountable lead.

 

Women’s Division I:

After a quick start to the game by Chicago, scoring in the 7th minute, the rest of the game belonged to the Minnesota Valkyries. The Valkyries, would go on to score the next 58 points in the contest. They were led by Kristin Zdanczewicz who bagged a hat trick during the match. Final score, 58-5.

 

Men’s Division II:


Midwest:

A try at the death from Collin Severson, saw Wisconsin Rugby edge out the Chicago Blaze, 22-21. With a record of 5-0-1, the men from Wisconsin sit atop of their competition, six points clear of their nearest threat.

Indianapolis Impalas put in a massive shift against Metropolis D2 this weekend, walking away victors, 77-14. The Impalas scrumhalf, Michael Temple had himself a day with the boot, slotting 11 conversions and even crossed the line once to bring in a haul of 27 points for the day.

It was a high scoring affair between the Eastside Banshees and their hosts, the Green Bay Celtics. With a total of 71 points scored, the Banshees contributed the most points walking away, 42-29, victors.

 

Great Lakes:

In a battle for Central New York, the Rochester Aardvarks got the better of the Syracuse Chargers, 26-12. The Aardvarks now sit at 4-2 on the year, while the Chargers are sitting at 1-5. The other game played this weekend saw the league leading Buffalo rugby beat the bottom of the table South Buffalo, 60-19.

 

Women’s Division II: 

East Gold:

South Buffalo had a day to remember as they shut out Akron Rugby, 51-0. Akron was led by their wing, Sarah Faltyn who scored four tries on the day. They also received a helping hand from Kelsey Gammie, their fly half, who contributed two tries and three conversions.

West Gold:

Chicago Sirens demolished the Fox Valley Vixens this weekend in a lop-sided affair, 81-5.

 

West Green:

It was low scoring contest between the Twin Cities Amazons D2 and Palmer College Dragons. The Amazons drew first blood and scored the first two tries of the game opening a 10-point buffer. The Dragons struck back with a converted try in the 67th minute, but no further scoring took place. Amazons winning, 10-7. Anisa Feto scored four tries on Milwaukee Scylla’s way to knocking off the County Will Morrigans, 86-0.

 

Men’s Division III:

Chicago Area:

Northwest Woodsmen beat the Peoria Pigs emphatically, 62-12. They now move to 4-1-1 on the season.  Fox Valley Maoris continue to rampage through their season and moved to 6-0 on the season, after they held off a firey Chicago Dragons side, 34-21. Illiana Misfits now join the Northwest Woodsmen at 4-1-1 as they took down the Rockford Ravens, 26-10.

East:

South Pittsburgh Hooligans were no match for the Presque Isle Scallywags, who on the back of a three try effort from Brandon Mosco, beat the Hooligans, 57-19. Cleveland Rovers beat Akron, 54-26. They were led by Shane McNea who bagged two tries and Adam Gunn who slotted 14 points with his boot.

Iowa:

In a top of the table clash, the visiting Bremer County Bucks took down the Iowa City Ducks 26-12.  The Bucks remain undefeated on the season, and are now 5-0; while the Ducks fall to 3-2.

Minnesota:

St Paul’s Jazz Pigs opened an eight-point lead early in the game. The Rochester Rogues came back to score the next 17 points. The Jazz Pigs then came back and scored the final 15 points of the contest, 23-17. It was a comprehensive win for the St. Cloud Bottom Feeders, as they saw off a feisty Eastside Banshees D3 side, who refused to go away, 74-24.
 

North:

It was a back and forth affair, between Detroit and Michigan, as eight points was the largest lead for either team. Michigan held a 27-19 lead with 15 minutes remaining, but then two tries in the closing passages for Detroit saw them squeeze passed Michigan for the win.

The Detroit Tradesmen D3 were carried to victory over the Toledo Celtics, by the boot of their fly-half, Adam Saad, who scored 19 points including five penalties. The closest Toledo got was to within 4 points but the Tradesmen D3 side was able to find ways to get on the scoreboard, eventually winning, 39-19.  

Flint Rogues took down the Capital Area Crisis, 33-19. Traverse Bay Blues edged the Tri-City Barbarians 19-12. In a top of the pool clash in the western pool, the Grand Rapids Gazelles continued their undefeated season, beating Fort Wayne Rugby 32-3.

South:
Columbus Castaways showed off their muscle against the Cincinnati Kelts over the weekend, keeping them off the scoreboard, 69-0. Victor Banjo with three tries and Alex Moller with two tries led the way.

Dayton Flying Pigs kept up pace with Louisville Rugby, as they moved to 6-0 after beating White River Rugby 31-10.

Wisconsin:

Oconomowoc beat the Fox City Gargoyles, 34-29, to record their second win of the season. Fond du Lac Wolfpac beat Oshkosh Pigs, 17-0, and move to 3-1 on the season.

Women’s Division III:

Dayton Flying Pigs ran right by the Lexington Black Widows beating them, 78-5. Amber Mullen was the catalyst for Dayton, as she contributed over 30 points. In the other game, Louisville Riversharks lost to Fort Wayne Rugby, 34-19.

 

Men’s D4:


Buckeye:

Lancaster Men of Stone were impressive over the weekend, recording a 67-5 win over the Columbus Coyotes.

 

Central:

Indianapolis Impalas D4 ran over the Kenosha Mammoths, 78-0. Andrew Ciresi and Guillermo Castro, both scored doubles on the weekend.  

Iowa:

Cedar Rapids Headhunters played an exciting high-powered game against Des Moines Rugby D4, eventually winning, 33-17.

Atlantic North Recap: Divisional Leaders Solidify Positions

Men’s Division I
The current league leaders, Old Blue, went up against their arch enemy NYAC in a New York rivalry this weekend.  Old Blue entered this match at 4-0 and looked to continue their winning ways against a stingy NYAC team who lost narrowly against Old Blue last match, 36-34.  This match was highly anticipated, but Old Blue struck first and never looked back with the final score 58-5. 

In the other division I matchup this weekend, Life took on Mystic River in a highly touted affair.  Both teams showed some strong defense, but eventually Life took the lead in the 25th minute and showed a stronger defense leading to their 31-0 victory.  Mystic River looks to rebound next week against NYAC and Old Blue will take on Life. 

 

Women’s Division I
Looking to bounce back after last weeks close loss, Charlotte took on Boston but this matchup was all Boston.  Boston scored first in the 6th minute and continued their offense attack putting up a finals score of 45 and holding Charlotte to 0. 

Philadelphia was coming into this week 2-0 and was looking to extend their win streak against the Raleigh Venom, and that they did.  Philadelphia won this competition by a score of 27-12.  Next week the Venom look to rebound against a tough Boston team and in the other matchup Albany will take on Northern Virginia.

 

Men’s Division II
Starting off in the Empire Men’s Division II New Jersey division, Morris defeated Monmouth 28-12.  Montclair won sizable against Princeton 74-14.  In the final matchup for this division, the Union County Mudturtles defeated the Bayonne Bombers 27-16. 

Shifting to the Empire New York division, the Fairfield Yankees defeated their opponent Lansdowne 57-14. New York Rugby defeated foe Old Blue by a score of 28-17.  And for the last matchup in this division, New Haven downed their opponent White Plains by a score of 46-14. 

Bumping over to the Great Lakes division, the Rochester Aardvarks defeated the Syracuse Charger 26-12.  In a Buffalo rivalry, Buffalo defeated South Buffalo sizably, 60-19. 

And in the only matchup for the New England division, Newport won decisively over the Albany Knickerbockers, 57-0. 

 
Women’s Division II
In the Empire division, Uticuse held on to a close margin victory over the Rochester Renegades 45-37.  Brooklyn Rugby also won out a tight matchup against Monmouth 14-7.  By way of forfeit, New Haven got the victory 20-0. 

Moving over to the New England division, Burlington defeated Amoskeag by a score of 29-7.  The Hartford Wild Roses defeated their opponent North Shore rugby, 83-5.  In a much closer matchup, Worcester downed Portland 31-24.  Upper Valley vs. Providence ended in a convincing 63-0 Providence win.

Men’s Division III
To start things off in the Empire New Jersey/Long Island division, Suffolk Bull Moose downed Morris 56-5.  North Jersey defeated Union County 43-15. 

Jumping to the New York City division, New York Rugby squeezed out a close one to Old Maroon, 28-24.  The Gotham Knights handed a loss to their counterparts Brooklyn rugby by a score of 47-22. 

Moving over to the New York/Connecticut division, the Danbury Mad Hatter prevailed in a close matchup against Saratoga, 17-15.  Greenwich continued its strong play this weekend, winning 36-14 against the Fairfield Yankees. 

Heading over to the Upstate division, in another battle for Buffalo, Buffalo rugby defeated South Buffalo 50-15.  The Ken-ton Misfits defeated the Southtown Saxons 41-5.  The Binghamton Barbarians won sizable against the Genesee Creamers 29-3.  The Rochester Cardinals handed a rough loss to the Rochester Aardvarks 53-19. 

For our final division, the New England division.  Boston Maccabi had an easy victory this weekend against Old Gold Rugby, 84-5.  North Shore also had a decisive victory over Freedom Rugby, 59-15.  New London County won against Mad River/Stowe 40-21.  MIT Rugby defeated the Upper Valley Mountain Men 50-12.  The Charles River Rats handed a convincing loss to the Springfield Riffles 46-19.  And keeping in the large margin victory, the final game between Providence and Burlington resulted in a Providence victory by the score of 59-14. 

Mid-Atlantic Recap: Contenders Announce Their Presence

The club enjoying the most out of their early season success is Rocky Gorge. Its Division I and Division III sides swept the Washington Irish by a combined score of 101-22. Led by a hat trick from captain Nick Kuhl and a 23-point day from Ben Cima (a try and nine conversions), the DI side slammed their opponent, 63-10. The DIII squad ran out to a 26-0 lead and finished with a 38-12 victory.

“Losing always puts a sour taste in your mouth and that’s what happened at the end of last season,” Kuhl said. “We didn’t make it out of MACs and into Nationals and that always makes you work a little harder and go a little bit more… With the backline we have and Ben [Cima] running at the helm at flyhalf, we expect to do big things… It’s a process and it doesn’t end until MACs and Nationals. It’s about setting our goals high and putting in the work.”

The women’s Division I rivalry between Philadelphia and Raleigh started anew on Saturday as the Venom made the seven-hour trip north. Raleigh lacked its full complement of players from its playoff run while Philadelphia was at peak strength. Philadelphia’s Lucy Dawson, Katie Cardone, Caitlin Jackson, Laura Delgado, and Remy Bremner scored as the Philly set piece dominated play to a 27-12 victory.

“When teams are so close and one of the teams is missing some of their most important players, they suffer and that’s what you saw at the game,” coach Arturo Bravo-Nuevo said. “We won all of our set pieces and a lot of their set pieces… We had most of the ball possession and played on their side of the field for most of the game.”

The final four unbeaten teams in men’s Division II rumbled on Saturday as Doylestown faced the Lancaster Roses and James River hosted Richmond. Doylestown cut down the Roses, 41-22, as five Dragons scored six tries in the chiefly defensive battle.

“On both sides, the defense made it a spectacular game. It was a fantastic, hard-fought match and at the end, we took advantage of a couple mistakes they made and took the wind out of their sails,” coach Mike McCandless said. “Our team is starting to have some confidence in each other and taking a few meters at a time instead of expecting big breakaways. We played that type of game and moved the ball on [Lancaster].”

After a successful 2017 Division III season, James River moved up to DII this fall and has ripped off three straight victories. Against Richmond, James River used its dominant set piece to notch a 32-15 win. Flyhalf Steven O’Dwyer played like a man possessed scoring all 32 points with two converted tries and five penalties.

“The game was pretty even in the first half even though James River had the greater share of territory and possession,” coach Mark Fowler said. “In the second half, James River’s greater control at the set piece, especially the lineout, started to take its toll and allowed James River to go through the phases.”

In men’s DIII, Wilkes-Barre and Northeast Philadelphia Irish walked off the pitch with statement wins after burying Happy Valley, 94-5, and Brandywine, 74-12, respectively. Likewise in women’s DII, Severn River stayed perfect with a 46-10 defeat of James River.

HOME SCORE AWAY SCORE DIVISION
Potomac Exiles 27 Schuylkill River Exiles 36 Men – DI
Rocky Gorge Rugby 63 Washington Irish 10 Men – DI
Norfolk Blues Postponed Baltimore-Chesapeake Postponed Men – DI
Lancaster Roses 22 Doylestown Dragons 41 Men – DII-North
Lehigh Valley Hooligans 10 South Jersey Devils 53 Men – DII-North
Phoenixville White Horse 29 Old Gaelic Rugby 46 Men – DII-North
North Penn Rugby 10 Philadelphia Whitemarsh 29 Men – DII-North
James River Rugby 32 Richmond Lions 15 Men – DII-South
Raleigh Vipers 47 Virginia Rugby 15 Men – DII-South
Washington Renegades 60 Frederick Rugby 10 Men – DIII-Central
West Potomac Beavers 55 Virginia Griffins 14 Men – DIII-Central
Rocky Gorge Rugby D3 38 Washington Irish D3 12 Men – DIII-Central
Severn River Rugby 24 North Bay Rugby 15 Men – DIII-Central
Happy Valley Barbarians 5 Wilkes-Barre Scranton Breakers 94 Men – DIII-North
Blackthorn Rugby 69 Delmarva Rugby 0 Men – DIII-North
Schuylkill River Exiles D3 33 Philadelphia Gryphons 12 Men – DIII-North
Brandywine Rugby 12 Northeast Philadelphia Irish 74 Men – DIII-North
Rappahannock Rugby 3 Norfolk Blues D3 17 Men – DIII-South
Roanoke Rugby 50 Blackwater Rugby 24 Men – DIII-South
Virginia Beach Falcons 13 Newport News Mariners 26 Men – DIII-South
Philadelphia Rugby 27 Raleigh Venom 12 Women – DI-Eastern
Brandywine Riot 20 Northeast Philadelphia Rugby 36 Women – DII-North
Severn River Rugby 46 James River Rugby 10 Women – DII-South
Norfolk Storm 41 Chesapeake Rugby 32 Women – DII-South
Rappahannock Rugby 77 Patuxent River Rugby 5 Women – DIII-South
Frederick Rugby 17 Northern Virginia Rugby D3 36 Women – DIII-South

 

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.”

HOME SCORE AWAY SCORE DIVISION
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

Atlantic North Recap: Separation Between Top and Bottom Created

Men’s Division I:

Old Blue keeps their fantastic form in the Men’s Division I season as they played Mystic River this weekend and won 52-12.  As for the other matchup, Life took on NYAC and won by a fair margin of 38-15. 

This extends Old Blue’s record to 4-0 for the season and brings Mystic River to 0-4.  Old Blue looks to keep their season unblemished as they take on NYAC again on October 6th.   This should be a close one as the last time these two met Old Blue squeezed out a two point victory to win 36-34.  Mystic looks to breakthrough with their first victory against Life next weekend at home.     

Women’s Division I: 

In the sole matchup of the weekend, the reigning Division II champions, Charlotte Rugby, looked to start off on the right foot in their first Division I matchup, but the Albany Sirens had different plans.  It was a close match up until half when Albany took a late first half lead 15-10.  Second half, however, was all Albany as their defense locked down Charlotte keeping them off the board in the second half.  Final score of this one was 25-10, Albany. 

Men’s Division II:

Starting in the Empire New Jersey division, there were two tight matches.  Morris managed to edge past the Bayonne Bombers 31-27.  In the other matchup for this weekend, Montclair defeated Monmouth 34-26.  

Moving over to the Empire New York division, New York Rugby defeated White Plains 41-31.  The Village Lions went back and forth with New Haven, but eventually came up a tad bit short losing 48-36.  In another close matchup, Old Blue D2 knocked off Lansdowne 38-34. 

Jumping to the Great Lakes division, the Rochester Aardvarks came away with a large victory over South Buffalo 50-22.  In a much tighter matchup, the Pittsburgh Forge managed to get the victory over Buffalo, 34-24.  For the final matchup in the Great Lakes division, the Cleveland Crusaders cruised to a 54-13 victory over the Syracuse Chargers. 

To wrap things up in the Men’s Division II Atlantic North, the New England division.  The Boston Irish Wolfhounds defeated their foe the South Shore Anchors by a score of 38-26.  Worcester locked down their opponent Boston rugby and won decisively, 34-0.  Mystic defeated Hartford 64-24.  In the final match, Amoskeag downed Portland 61-15 for the victory. 

 

Women’s Division II

Starting in the Empire division, Morris downed the Village Lions 26-14.  Brooklyn had a stout defense show up against Suffolk, winning easily 52-0.  The Danbury Mad hatters defeated Uticuse 29-5.  Monmouth hung on for a high scoring match against New Haven, 52-40.  The Rochester Renegades defeated the Fairfield Yankees in a close one, 44-39.  For the final match, Long Island defeated Union County in decisive fashion, 71-29. 

Moving to the New England division, Burlington defeated North Shore 24-10.  The Worcester Shamrocks defeated Amoskeag 64-0.  Portland won sizably against the Upper Valley Valkyrie 77-0.  Providence defeated the Charles River Rats 43-5. 

 

Men’s Division III: 

Starting in the Empire New Jersey/Long Island division, Suffolk Bull Moose defeated Union County 54-0.  In the other matchup Long Island won big over North Jersey 82-0. 

In the New York City division, Old Maroon defeated Brooklyn in a close one, 17-14.  New York handed the Rockaway Fishheads a 46-15 loss. 

For the New York/ Connecticut division, Greenwich rugby took down White Plains 39-19.  The Danbury Mad Hatters won decisively 114-0 against the Fairfield Yankees. 

Moving over to the Upstate division, the Ken-Ton Misfits blew past Rochester 50-3.  South Buffalo beat Binghamton 55-27.  Buffalo defeated the Rochester Colonials 50-26.  In a close matchup the Southtown Saxons edged past the Genesee Creamers 39-34. 

Finishing up, in the New England division, the Upper Valley Mountain Men squeaked by Burlington 36-32.  The Charles River Rats showed a strong defense as they held their opponent Freedom Rugby to 0 points in a 59-0 win.  Boston Maccabi beat Stow River 63-17.  North Shore handed a loss to their opponent Old Gold 46-12.  Lastly, Providence defeated Springfield 38-7.

Midwest Recap: Race To the Top Tightens

Men’s Premiership:

It was another busy week in the Midwest Premiership. The closest fixture was between the Cincinnati Wolfhounds and the Chicago Griffins. Joel Conzelmann scored two tries and slotted 4 conversions and one penalty for the Chicago Griffins, for 21 of their 36 points; as the Griffins won 36-32.  The Chicago Lions beat the Detroit Tradesmen to remain perfect  at 3-1 on the season,  final score 48-27. The Detroit Tradesmen now fall to 3-1 on the year. Palmer College Dragons made the trip out to see the Kansas City Blues and waled away with a win, 33-21. St. Louis Bombers  found holes everywhere in the Milwaukee Barbarians defense, winning 90-3.

Women’s Division I:

Wisconsin Rugby 12-31 Detroit Rugby Wisconsin fought back from a 12-5 deficit to tie the game up in the 45th minute. However, Detroit scored three unanswered tries in the closing quarter to secure the win. This gives Detroit their third win on the season, while Wisconsin is still searching for their first.

 

Men’s Division II:

It was a back and forth affair for the full eighty when Lincoln Park took on the Green Bay Celtics. Lincoln Park ran out to a quick 17-8 lead before losing the lead moments before the half, trailing 22-20 after 40. The second half told a similar story; Lincoln Park fought back to secure a three-point lead, but a try in the last minute to Billy Hill saw Green Bay walk away with the hard-fought victory, 36-32.

The Eastside Banshees secured their first win of the season over the Indianapolis Impalas in a nail-biter, 27-26. The two teams had been inseparable all game, with no team leading by more than 8 at any given moment.  It was a penalty try in the 70th minute for the Banshees that gifted them the win, as neither team could source any points in the final ten minutes.  The Chicago Blaze fell just short against the Chicago Lions D2 squad, falling 36-34.

 Great Lakes:
The Rochester Aardvarks dominated South Buffalo, 50-22.  In a more evenly matched game, the Pittsburgh Forge got one over on Buffalo, 34-24.  The Cleveland Crusaders moved atop the table as they cruised to a 54-13 victory over the Syracuse Chargers.

Women’s Division II: East Gold:
South Buffalo survived an early scare from their cross-town rivals, the North Buffalo Ninjas, to secure their second win of the season, 29-17. The Pittsburgh Forge travelled to Buffalo and walked away with an impressive 41-39 victory. The two teams traded tries for the first twenty minutes before the Forge scored two unanswered as the teams prepared to head into the sheds, leading 24-12 at the half.  Buffalo stormed out of the gates in the second scoring three unanswered and stealing the lead back. However, the Forge scored three tries in ten minutes to take a lead they would not relinquish. Pittsburgh scored again in the 77th minute to lead 41-34 but Buffalo after crossing at the death had a chance to steal a draw. It wasn’t to be as the kick was missed and the Forge maintained their perfect record.

East Green:

Columbus Rugby won the only game to be played over the weekend in the East Green pool, as they easily defeated the Circle City Tempests, 56-0.

West Gold:
In a great display of resiliency, the Illiana Banshees won on the road against the Fox Valley Vixens. Trailing 27-7 at the half, the Banshees came back to win the contest, 40-34. Another great game was played in the West Gold pool, when the top two teams faced off. The now 5-0 women of Grand Rapids, took down the, formerly, 3-0 Chicago Sirens 12-10.  

Women’s Division II West Green:
Milwaukee Scylla continued their resurgence after the first-round loss to Palmer College, by defeating the formidable Twin Cities Amazons D2 side, 37-20. In their last three games, the Scylla have accumulated 171 points while only conceding 37. The Minneapolis Menagerie were in for a long day at the office as they fell to a dominant Chicago Lions squad, 120-0.

Men’s Division III:
Chicago Area:
The Northwest Indiana Exiles secured a big win against the Chicago Dragons, 67-0.  The Illiana Misfits also locked away a decisive victory against the Lake County Gladiators, 65-17. The closest game of the pool saw the Chicago Riot get the narrow win against Lincoln Park Rugby D3, 33-26.

East:
Cleveland Crusaders D3 disposed of their neighbors, Akron Rugby 48-13. It took two tries in the final ten minutes to Daylon Rookard and Dante Raffin for the Canton Maddogs to squeeze by the Cleveland Rovers, 26-22. In a top of the table clash in the Allegheny pool, the Pittsburgh Forge D3 moved to 4-1 after beating the Presque Isle Scallywags 21-17.

Iowa:
It was a busy weekend in Iowa. The front-running Iowa City Ducks, lost their first game of the year to Des Moines, 29-17. Clinton Muddy River were simply a class above the Omaha Goats, 65-5. Bremer County Bucks continued to dispatch their opposition with ease this year, as they beat the Northeast Iowa Barbarians 81-3.

Minnesota:
In Minnesota, the Eastside Banshees D3 fell to the Rochester Rogues, 24-17. While the St. Cloud Bottom Feeders, were able to make light work of the Mankato Marauders, 36-17.

North:
In the North, the Toledo Celtics avenged their Round 1 loss to Michigan, 50-12.  The Detroit Tradesmen D3 were able to win a close encounter against Detroit Rugby, 18-13. Traverse Bay Blues came from behind against the Capital Area crises to secure a 21-19 win. Fort Wayne Rugby demolished the Michiana Moose, 95-0; and the Kalamazoo Dogs were unable to get a home win over the red hot Grand Rapids Gazelles, falling, 52-11.

South:
The Cincinnati Kelts fell at home to Columbus Rugby D3, 27-11.  Dayton Flying Pigs improved to a perfect 5-0 after beating the Lexington Blackstones, 29-15. Louisville continued their undefeated run dismantling White River Rugby 54-17.

Wisconsin:
Fond du Lac Wolfpac handed the visiting Oconomowoc Rugby their second loss of the season, 31-17. Milwaukee Rugby won big over the Milwaukee Barbarians D3 side, 96-0.

 

Men’s Division IV:

Buckeye:
Dayton Flying Pigs D4 were unable to repeat the success of their D3 side and fell to the Lancaster Men of Stone, 41-10. The Columbus Castaways D4 side, dotted down in the final minute of their game against the Columbus Coyotes to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, 22-19.

Iowa:
Iowa Falls Rugby were on a roll, barreling over the Cedar Rapids Headhunters, 54-5.

North:
The Eastside Anchormen got up over the Findlay Scars in a high-powered game, 65-47. In total, the game saw 17 tries scored, ten to the Anchormen and seven to the Scars.

Frontier Recap: Rivalries Renewed

Women’s Division I:

The Utah Vipers welcomed the Glendale Merlins into town over the weekend, and sent them back with an emphatic, 53-27, loss. Shannon Woolley was the catalyst for the Vipers’ big win, scoring 18 points, including two tries. Glendale now moves to 1-1, while the Vipers enjoy a 1-0 record.

Men’s Division II:

Mid-America North:
In a battle for Kansas City the Blues D2 squad took on Kansas City Rugby. It was all one way traffic as the Blues fell behind early and were left to play catchup. Kansas City booking their first win of the season, 52-27.

Mid-America South:
In the opening fixture of the Mid-America South competition, the Little Rock Stormers came roaring back into Division II Rugby, beating their historic rival, Tulsa Rugby, 78-14.

Rocky Mountain Premiership:
The Denver Barbarians rebounded nicely, after being upset by Boulder Rugby last weekend, to dominate their cross town rivals, the Denver Harlequins, 90-14. The star performer for the Barbarians was hooker Eric Bloedorn, who found himself crossing the line on five separate occasions. In the other match, Boulder Rugby couldn’t rekindle last round’s magic and fell to the Denver Highlanders, 27-21.
 


Men’s Division III:

Rocky Mountain Championship:
The Norther Colorado Flamingos continued on their quest for a perfect season by taking apart the Littleton Eagles this weekend, 60-32. Inside center Bryan Schroeder was the standout performer contributing 20 points to his team’s tally. In the other game the Laramie Lumberjacks proved to be too strong for the Colorado Springs Grizzlies, 51-31.


Men’s Division IV:

The Denver Barbarians doubled up on their efforts against the Denver Harlequins, when their two D4 sides squared off. This affair was closer, but still one way traffic. The Barbarians on the back of a two try effort from Christopher Kenson won, 43-7.

Pacific North Recap: Divisional Powerhouses Solidifying

Pacific Northwest Women’s Division II
A tough home stand for Oregon Sports Union (ORSU) D2, as they hosted a hungry Tacoma Sirens side.  Both sides looked strong as the game began, with the first points coming almost midway through the half.  Tacoma lead 0-12 when they were slapped with a yellow card, but ORSU was unable to cash in on the opportunity and the score remained.  Tacoma would bounce back from the yellow card, and the Sirens swam their way to a 0-34 victory.  Chuckanut Bay Geoducks also had a home match against Budd Bay Bandits.  Budd Bay came to play and put up 12 quick points.  Chuckanut dug their heels in and made it a competition bringing the score to 14-17 at the half.  The second half began much like the first, with Budd Bay swinging first.  Chuckanut would again bolster its offense late in the game coming to within 2 points and pushing hard for the come-from-behind win, but The bandits would score another try in the final minute and steal the win 29-36, giving the Geoducks their first loss.  Emerald city Mudhens looked to remain on the top as they hosted the Portland Pigs.  The Eudhens effortlessly scored quickly and often, blanking the pigs 85-0, definitely flexing their divisional muscles and putting on a clinic.  Another home team looked to make a statement after a tough road loss, and Boise United made that statement loud and clear against Eugene Reign.  It seems everyone wanted to score in the 102-0 decimation of Eugene, with more than half of those points put up in the first half alone.

Pacific Northwest Men’s Division II
Another team looking to make a statement, the Eastside Tsunami told the division that the early season loss was just a fluke as they ran downhill against Chuckanut Bay Geoducks.  The Geoducks couldn’t find any answer to stay afloat.  Eastside gained a couple yellow cards late in the match, but Chuckanut failed to capitalize and remained scoreless 0-91.  Tacoma Nomads wandered down to the unbeaten ORSU and put up a good fight for 2 minutes, as the score was slightly in Tacoma’s favor, 5-7.  ORSU collected themselves and floored the accelerator, racing to a 37-7 lead at the half.  ORSU continued to capitalize on Tacoma miscues and remained undefeated, 57-7.

Pacific Northwest Men’s Division III/ IV
Kitsap Renegades were looking for their first win as they hosted the number one Clark County Chiefs.  Clark county came out strong as they put up 25 unanswered 1st half points, 5-25.  The second half was a carbon copy of the first, despite a Clark County yellow card, as the Chiefs marched their way to a 12-55 win, remaining at the top of the division.  Battleground Bulls travelled to Eastside Axemen, with their best chance so far for a victory.  Eastside would show no mercy, as their offense proved too strong for the stingy Bull defense, 27-7 at the half.  Battleground showed resilience, though and tightened up slightly in the second half, but Eastside’s variety of weapons found their marks winning 55-21.