Written by Jackie Finlan    Wednesday, 27 March 2013 10:12    PDF Print Write e-mail
Women's DII College Round of 32 Nearly Set
Colleges - Women's College


2013 is a benchmark year for women's DII colleges, as the national playoff system will now begin with a Round of 32, which will be contested April 6-7. USA Rugby will officially announce the match-ups on April 1, but here's a near-complete view of the knockouts as they stand today.

After first being told they were ineligible for DII playoffs, Temple was informed in January that they received an at-large bid.

One point of clarification: The Round of 32 games will not be held at four regional sites; they will occur at the higher seed's home pitch. The victors will then converge at one of the four regional sites for the Round of 16.

We'll start with the region that hosted the most championships this weekend - Southeast. Of the eight seeds, all but one at-large bid is confirmed.

SOUTHEAST (Annapolis - for Round of 16)
Tri-State - Quinnipiac
Potomac - American University
At Large - Mary Washington (Virginia)
At Large - Temple (MARC)
Carolinas - Appalachian State
Rugby South - Emory
True South - Lee University
At Large - Albany (Tri State #2; seed unverified)

The only Southeast Round of 32 match that is known and confirmed is Quinnipiac vs. Temple. The rest hinges on Albany, which hasn't been informed whether they're taking an at-large bid in the Southeast or Northeast bracket. If the former scenario, then they'll play American University; if the latter, then they'll play Lock Haven.

Mary Washington will either play American (if Albany's moved to the Northeast) or Appalachian State, leaving leaves the Emory and Lee University to play each other in the Round of 32.

NORTHEAST (Pittsburgh - for Round of 16)
Empire Upstate - Buffalo
Excelsior - SUNY Cortland
Mid-Atlantic - Lock Haven
New England Small College - Bowdoin
Rugby Northeast - St. Michael's
At Large - American International College (New England)
At Large - Stonehill (Rugby Northeast #2)
At Large - TBD (could be Albany)

The Northeast contested all of its conference championships in the fall, so again, the only question mark is the final at-large bid, which will either go to Albany or an unnamed team. The Northeast Round of 32 games:

Bowdoin vs AIC
St. Michael's vs SUNY Cortland
Buffalo vs Stonehill
Lock Haven vs ? (Albany or unknown team)

The Midwest is also in good shape, since, like the Northeast, conference championships concluded in the fall.

MIDWEST (Grand Rapids, Mich. - for Round of 16)
Allegheny - Indiana University of Pennsylvania
CARFU/IRU - University of Illinois at Chicago
Great Lakes - Grand Valley State
Great Waters - UW La Crosse
Northern Lights - Winona
Ohio - Denison
At Large - UW Platteville (Great Waters #2)
At Large - Shippensburg

All of the Midwest Round of 32 games are confirmed:

Grand Valley vs Denison
Winona vs UW Platteville
UW La Crosse vs UIC
IUP vs Shippensburg

After a little bit of confusion in Southern California, and a debacle of a regional tournament in Colorado (more on that to come), the West region has sorted itself out.

WEST (Palo Alto, Calif. - for Round of 16)
Cascade - Washington State
West - Utah Valley
West Coast - UC Santa Cruz
Southern California - CSU Northridge
At Large - Humboldt (West Coast #2)
At Large - Mesa State (West #2)
At Large - Washington (Cascade #2)
At Large - CSU Long Beach (SoCal #2)

West Round of 32 matches:
Washington State v Mesa State
Washington v UC Santa Cruz
Humboldt v CSU Northridge
Utah Valley v CSU Long Beach

Again, USA Rugby will circulate the final word on April 1.