The DII Men’s college playoff picture is taking shape, with five of 16 participant teams already decided. UW-Whitewater and Northern Illinois clinched their spots in the Sweet 16 with wins in the Midwest semifinals Saturday, Colgate won the Northeast Sunday over Fairfield, Bentley beat Providence for the Rugby Northeast title Saturday and Boston University knocked off Rhode Island Nov. 5 for the New England crown.
The Mid-Atlantic season is almost over, too. The Potomac has decided its three representatives for the MARFU playoffs next spring: 1. Salisbury 2. Towson 3. Georgetown. The two teams who will represent Virginia are VMI and Radford, though we won’t know who the top seed is until Radford plays Mary Washington Saturday. The EPRU championship also takes place Saturday, when East Stroudsburg and the College of New Jersey, who have clinched MARFU playoff bids, are fighting for seeding. Of the eight teams who make the MARFU playoffs, only the top two advance to the Sweet 16.
The West has also been pared down to a few contenders. Central Missouri won the Heart of America/Great Plains and Lindenwood swept the Missouri union. Lindenwood gets the West’s top seed to the territorial playoffs and will await the winner of Eastern Rockies, where Northern Colorado is undefeated and looks destined to stay that way. The Mules will play the winner out of Texas, a league which hasn’t yet started in earnest. The top two out of the West playoffs, held March 31 - April 1 in St. Louis, will advance to the Sweet 16.
UW-Whitewater (Midwest 1)
Northern Illinois (Midwest 2)
Bentley (Rugby Northeast)
Boston Univ. (New England)