Written by RUGBYMag Staff
Tuesday, 13 November 2012 14:22
| Women DII College Top 20 - November 13, 2012
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With reigning D2 champ Norwich now in division one, Washington State is the team to beat. They’ve already scored close to 200 points between their first two league games, while only allowing five. If you’re wondering where their tradition rival, Western Washington, is on the rankings, they’re rebuilding this year and dropped a 71-5 contest to WSU.
WSU may be the biggest contender for a DII title this year, but there are some new, young teams out there making an impression. Quinnipiac, for example, swept a tough Tri-State conference, which includes teams like Vassar, Rutgers and Marist. The varsity program, still in its infancy, defeated Eastern Illinois early in the season as well, and is one game away from taking home the conference title against Albany this weekend.
We’re also keeping an eye on CSU Northridge. They’ve only been around for a couple of years and attended nationals in 2012. WSU put up 100+ points on them during the Sweet 16s, but they’ve already shown signs of vast improvement. Northridge defeated DI teams en route to the Scrum by the Sea title, and dropped a 22-17 contest to UC Santa Barbara last weekend.
Another surprise is Utah Valley University. The Rocky Mountain conference contested its championship last weekend and saw UVU defeat last year’s West rep, Wyoming, 19-12 in the semis, and then Mesa State 45-7 in the final.
Appalachian State is also having a good season. During the last couple of years, the South has belonged to Lee University, but the two faced off at Rucktoberfest and saw ASU win by a point. Lee coach Dr. Michael Freake indicated that his team suffered some long-term injuries to influential players, and that will play a big role in the team’s success this year.
In the former Mid-Atlantic region, Mary Washington has looked the strongest, defeating George Washington 38-5. Mary Washington is usually in the mix, but American University, which won the Potomac region, is a new face. They finished out their season with a 24-19 win over St. Mary’s in the final. There’s no definitive word on how the remaining MARFU teams will qualify for nationals, seeing as all of the Eastern Pennsylvania teams have left for the Mason-Dixon conference and elsewhere.
Former EPRU leader Temple isn’t eligible for nationals at all. USA Rugby informed Temple during the summer that they had to compete in DI, the Owls weren’t able to comply on short notice, and so are competing in MARC with no possibility of advancement. Temple looked to be the strongest team in the conference this fall.
Former EPRU champion and national semifinalist Shippensburg is competing as an Independent, but only because they missed the application deadline to compete in MARC. They’ve been a handful of weaker DII team in the area and dropped matches to DI teams like West Chester (25-5) and Maryland (45-7). They lost their long-time coach Scott Stratton to Mount Saint Mary’s, so we’ll wait and see if that negatively affects their success.
Also curious to see if American International College’s exclusion from Rugby Northeast will negatively affect their strength. AIC has a great coach in Eagle Mel Denham and a great leader in Jess Davis, who is one of four college-aged player heading to Europe with the Women’s National Team. But AIC’s league is watered down; they’re joined by Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire, and that’s it.
Rugby Northeast, however, is up to 10 teams this year, and Stonehill and St. Michael’s have risen to the top. Stonehill won the regular-season battle 9-5, but St. Michael’s will have a chance for revenge this weekend.
The only region where there wasn’t some fierce competition for the teams at the top was the Midwest. Winona, Grand Valley and UW LaCrosse creamed their respective fields (with the exception of LaCrosse’s early-season tie with UW Eau Claire).
Women DII College Top 20 - November 13, 2012
1. Washington State (2-0). Defeated Western Washington 71-5, Central Washington 115-0
2. Winona (7-0). Defeated St. Cloud 103-0 to win Northern Lights
3. Quinnipiac (8-0). Defeated Marist 30-0 in Tri-State semis
4. Mary Washington (7-0). Top seed in Virginia; biggest win: 38-5 over George Washington
5. Grand Valley (7-0). Defeated opponents 430-36 to win Great Lakes
6. CSU Northridge. Won Scrum by the Sea, beating DI teams like Arizona State and Sacramento State
7. Temple (5-0). Defeated LaSalle 17-0. Ineligible for playoffs
8. Utah Valley (5-1). Won Rocky Mountain defeating Wyoming 24-14 and Mesa State 45-7 in final.
9. Shippensburg (3-2). Lost to DI West Chester 25-5
10. American International College (4-0). Defeated NERFU opponents 208-12
11. Humboldt. Lost to CSUN in Scrum by the Sea final 19-7
12. Bowdoin (7-0) (10-0). Defeated Middlebury 15-10 for NESC championship
13. Appalachian University (10-0). Won Rucktoberfest over Lee; defeated DI teams Tennessee, East Carolina, Georgia & Virginia Tech
14. Stonehill (8-0). Defeated UMass Lowell 32-12
15. St. Michael's (7-1). Defeated Holy Cross 51-10 in RNE semi
16. Albany (6-1-1). Defeated Rutgers 29-22 in Tri-State semi
17. UW La Crosse (7-0-1). Won Great Waters, defeated UW Stout 87-7
18. Lee University (6-2). Lost by one point to Appalachian State in Rucktoberfest final. Bad longterm injuries
19. American University (5-0) (7-2). Won top PRU seed, 24-19 v St. Mary's
20. Buffalo (7-0). Defeated St. Bonaventure 72-0 to win Empire State
Written by RUGBYMag Staff
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 14:29
| Women DII College Top 25 - Nov. 9, 2011
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For half of the country, women’s DII colleges now know their playoff fate. The Northeast and Midwest will name their three representatives to nationals this weekend, and the Mid-Atlantic will finalize which eight teams still have playoff ball waiting for them in the spring.
There’s a lot of drama wrapped up in the Mid-Atlantic. The Virginia RFU didn’t contest a state tournament this year and saw three teams – Mary Washington, William & Mary and Longwood – all finish with 5-1 records and an equal amount of points. The top two teams advancing to territorial championships in the spring were decided on head-to-head results among the three teams (excluding game results against the remaining four VRU teams). That left Longwood in third place, a disappointing finish for a team that just beat top seed MW 20-5 this weekend.
In Eastern Penn, Delaware and Temple posted big wins during the quarterfinals, while La Salle and Shippensburg played closer games against Scranton (7-0) and Drexel (22-7) respectively. Temple and Delaware face each other in the semis this weekend, and we’re hoping for a thrilling rematch (league game went to the Owls 12-5). Shippensburg should beat La Salle for the final’s berth, but EPRU gets three seeds to MARFUs, so Sunday and the third-place game is just as important.
In the Potomac, George Washington clinched the LAU title again and is the undisputed top seed heading to MARFUs. St. Mary’s played GW to a 27-8 loss in the final and is also still alive for a bid to nationals.
The Northeast will decide this weekend which three teams will advance to nationals in the spring. Norwich and Rutgers are the forerunners for the NRU championship. Vassar could very well be in the top 25, as they played Rutgers to a two-point loss earlier in league, but they haven’t enjoyed the same explosive growth that Rutgers has. Bowdoin stumbled against Rhode Island during NERFUs before playing SUNY Binghamton to a 29-12 quarterfinal win at NRUs.
Having five Midwest teams in the top 20 might not be realistic in terms of relative territorial strength, but right now, with the regional championships peaking at this weekend’s final four, there is some good rugby being played in comparison with the rest of the country.
We still like Grand Valley for a final’s berth, although the former DI team was greatly pushed by Slippery Rock last weekend, just eking out a 10-7 win. The Lakers will take on Winona during this Saturday’s semifinal and are expected to win. Pittsburgh has had a great season, having defeated SRU in the Allegheny final, and now awaits defending Midwest champ UW La Crosse in the semifinals.
The Rugby Northeast will also know who it’s sending to nationals this weekend. St. Michael’s pulled off a mild upset last weekend, eliminating Stonehill College (24-12) from playoff contention. St. Michael’s will take on American International College for the lone bid to nationals. AIC won the first meet-up 44-0.
Around the rest of the country, the Scrum by the Sea in San Diego saw some DII teams level up against one another. Humboldt played in the competitive division and beat DI teams UC San Diego, Arizona State and Chico State, before falling 12-0 to ASU in the final. Arizona won the social division and exacted revenge on UCLA in the final after first losing to the DI team 12-5 on day one. Arizona also beat UC Santa Cruz and USC twice over the course of the weekend.
Washington State and Western Washington swapped places on the rankings, after WSU pulled off a 17-12 victory a couple of weekends ago. Being that the match occurred so early in the season, it’s difficult to gauge the strength of each squad, but hopefully that will become more evident as the weeks roll on.
UNC Charlotte and Lee University have a healthy amount of games under their belts. UNCC just tacked on another couple of friendly wins as they ready for the matrix season, and Lee's most significant victory has come against DI's Georgia.
Finally, it’s been difficult following the Eastern Rockies division. Half of teams have forfeited at least one game – whether for insufficient numbers or paperwork violations. When the games have played out, Colorado College has looked the strongest.
As the season winds down over the next couple of weeks, be sure to tune back for the final rankings of the year.
Women DII College Top 25 – November 9, 2011
1 (1) Norwich (8-0). Taking #1 seed to NRU championships after defeating SUNY Binghamton 78-0.
2 (2) Grand Valley (9-0). In Midwest semifinals after defeating Slippery Rock 10-7.
3 (3) Shippensburg (7-0). Defeated Drexel 22-7 to advance to EPRU semifinals.
4 (7) Washington State (2-0). Defeated Western Washington 17-12.
5 (4) Western Washington (1-1). Lost to Washington State 17-12.
6 (5) George Washington (5-0). Defeated Catholic 55-5 and St. Mary's 27-8 for PRU title.
7 (6) Rutgers (7-0). Advances to NRU semifinals after defeating Coast Guard 43-14.
8 (9) UW La Crosse (7-0). Advances to Midwest semifinals after defeating Northern Illinois 17-0 and Illinois State 73-0.
9 (11) AIC (4-0-1) Top seed in Rugby Northeast championship.
10 (12) Pittsburgh (8-0). Advances to Midwest semifinals after defeating Bowling Green 46-0 and IUP 33-5.
11 (8) Slippery Rock (6-2). Lost to Pittsburgh in Allegheny final, defeated Loyola 35-14 in Midwest round of 16, then lost to Grand Valley 10-7 in quarterfinals.
12 (13) St. Michael's (4-1). Defeated Stonehill 24-12 for RNE championship berth.
13 (15) Texas Tech (1-1). Defeated Texas A&M 29-15 after losing to Texas.
14 (16) Delaware (5-1). Advances to EPRU semifinals after defeating York 51-0.
15 (18) Temple (5-1). Advances to EPRU semifinals after defeating East Stroudsburg 40-5.
16 (17) Winona (7-0). Advance to Midwest semifinals after beating UW Eau Claire 22-17 and MNSU Mankato 30-12.
17 (10) Mary Washington (5-1). Lost to Longwood 20-5 but secures #1 seed from VRU.
18 (19) Bowdoin (7-1). Advances to NRU final four after defeating SUNY Fredonia 29-12.
19 (20) Lee University (5-2). Biggest win came against Georgia 38-7.
20 (14) Stonehill (3-2). Lost to St. Michael’s 24-12.
21 (23) UNC Charlotte (4-3). Defeated College of Charleston 31-6 and UNC Greensboro 42-17 in friendlies.
22 (unr) Humboldt (5-1). Lost to ASU 12-0 in Scrum by the Sea final.
23 (24) Colorado College (2-0). Leads ERRFU with forfeit wins over Northern Colorado and Western State.
24 (unr) William & Mary (4-1). Defeated VCU 27-0 and secured #2 VRU seed to MARFUs.
25 (unr) Arizona (4-1). Won social division of Scrum by the Sea.
25 Utah Valley (8-0). Looks to round out undefeated season against Salt Lake City Women this weekend.
Written by RUGBYMag Staff
Friday, 21 October 2011 17:45
| Women DII College Top 25 - October 21, 2011
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It’s still early in the season for some DII women’s colleges, while others are preparing for regional playoffs. The Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest fall into the latter category, and their activity has positively affected their rankings. As the rest of the country gets a few more games under their belts, and we can determine whether last year’s success was influenced by a crop of seniors or a sign of things to come, there will be more movement from South, West, Pacific Coast and So Cal teams.
There are many familiar names on the list, and they’re here because they’ve put together multiple successful seasons that led to the national championships. And then there are some newer teams, as well as schools returning to DII.
Former DI teams Grand Valley and Delaware have returned to DII, and the Panthers have looked just as impressive as ever. They’re missing All American back row Joanna Kitlinski, but coach Bob Richthammer has been impressed with how the forwards have stepped up and filled the void. Delaware lost a tight 12-5 match to Temple earlier in the season, but they’re still ranked above their opponent due to the Owls’ misstep against Drexel (27-10 loss), a team that UDel beat 22-7. These two teams should meet in the EPRU final.
The Texas union instituted a new qualifying structure for its teams. When the Pacific Mountain Conference was established for DI, A&M saw all of its opponents leave the West. Therefore, A&M, Texas Tech and University of Texas will each play two cup matches against each other during league. The top finisher will compete for a DI seed, the second team for DII, and the third team will be out. We think Tech will finish second.
Also joining DII are American International College and St. Michael’s in Rugby Northeast. Both have put up some impressive scores, but the most poignant being AIC’s 32-5 win against DII national semifinalist Stonehill College. Stonehill is rebuilding and has since rebounded, but their fate will be determined by its match against St. Michael’s, which also hasn’t faced AIC yet. The top two will play in an RNE final, with the winner moving onto NRUs.
The exit of teams like Stonehill and Radcliffe, which plays in DI’s Ivy League, means NRUs should be an easier win for Norwich, who we expect to repeat as NRU champion. The cadets outscored league opponents 343-5. Bowdoin won the other conference with an undefeated record.
The Mid-Atlantic and Midwest are on the verge of their regional tournaments after some local union qualifying. Allegheny as a union performed well as a whole, and has seen the addition of Pittsburgh, who will play perennial powerhouse Slippery Rock for the #1 seed this weekend. The Midwest kicks off its Round of 16 on Oct. 29, and we expect Winona to also do well.
The Potomac union will also contest its LAU championship this weekend, as will the MET NY. We expect George Washington to win the #1 seed easily, and hope to see a rematch of the Rutgers v Vassar game in New York. Rutgers won their first match-up 24-22, and while Vassar is easily the second-best team in the union, they did stumble against Stony Brook 35-34 and will need a good performance this weekend to jump off the watch list.
Women DII College Top 25 – October 21, 2011
1. Norwich (5-0). Outscored league opponents 343-5.
2. Grand Valley (6-0). Dropped down from DI after just missing out on DI nationals.
3. Shippensburg (3-0). Reigning MARFU champion. Played Notre Dame to a 23-15 loss at nationals.
4. Western Washington. Inactive. Strongest national semifinalist left.
5. George Washington (2-0) (6-0). Top seed in PRU playoffs; played WWU to a 20-12 loss at nationals.
6. Rutgers (6-0). Top seed in Met NY, defeated teams 301-54.
7. Washington State (4-0). Defeated DI’s Oregon University, Oregon State and women’s club Portland Pigs at Babbfest.
8. slippery rock (5-0). Favorite in Allegheny, final v Pittsburgh.
9. UW La Crosse (5-0). Top seed in Wisconsin, scored 45 tries in league.
10. Mary Washington (4-0). Top seed in Virginia, defeated opponents 152-14.
11. AIC (3-0-1). Defeated Stonehill 32-5, but then tied Bentley 10-all.
12. Pittsburgh (5-0). Defeated Clarion 48-10 in Allgheny semis. Final against Slippery Rock.
13. St. Michael's (3-0). Big wins so far but final two matches against Stonehill and AIC.
14. Stonehill (2-1). Lost to AIC 32-5 opening weekend, but defeated Bentley 25-5.
15. Texas Tech (3-2). Texas' #2 team will play for the DII seed. Defeated Texas 14-12, Truman State 27-0 and Texas State 77-0 in friendlies.
16. Delaware (3-1). Lost to Temple 12-5, but defeated Drexel 22-7.
17. Winona (3-0). Favorite for Minnesota top seed to Midwest championship.
18. Temple (2-1). Defeated Delaware 12-5, but lost to Drexel 27-10.
19. Bowdoin (5-0). Won NERFU East-West conference 204-36.
20. Lee University. Inactive.
21. Mesa State (1-0). Mesa played Notre Dame to its closest game at nationals, 27-20. Won first match against Northern Colorado 31-10.
22. Santa Clara. Inactive.
23. UNC Charlotte (2-3). Played two close matches to DI’s ECU, 5 pt PD
24. Colorado College (1-0). Mesa State’s biggest competition. Won first match by forfeit.
25. CSU Fullerton. Inactive.
Written by Jackie Finlan
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 13:20
| Women DII College Top 25 - April 20, 2011
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The first two rounds of the Women’s DII College National Championship have concluded, and a number of unexpected but thrilling games have shifted the rankings accordingly. Teams making the biggest jumps include the Northeast's Radcliffe and Stonehill, who have advanced to the Final Four, and will join Western Washington and Notre Dame in Pittsburgh at the end of the month.
Overall, the Northeast had the most successful weekend, with all three teams (including Norwich) advancing to the quarterfinals. But one of the most notable upsets of the weekend occured between two NRU squads, when Radcliffe eliminated Norwich, which had held the #1 ranking for the majority of the season, 22-7 after trailing at the half.
"We went into this game knowing we could win and just had to carry out the game plan," Radcliffe forwards captain Janelle Lambert said. "We knew this game was all about defense, particularly near the breakdown, so we put a lot of effort into that and it paid off."
Notre Dame attacked the weekend with the same gusto, and emerged out of the Round of 16 with a tough 27-20 victory over Mesa State, then came back the next day to knock off Shippensburg 23-15 in the quarters. No one knew what to expect from the first-year team, but the Fighting Irish were the bright spot of the Midwest, whose two other teams (Winona and UW La Crosse) bowed out in the first round. Notre Dame had a more difficult path to the final four than did Stonehill, which beat Winona and UNC Charlotte, and therefore got the nod as the #3 team.
We're also giving a slight edge to George Washington over Shippensburg, even though the latter beat GW in the MARFU final. Nationals is a different ball game, with different brands of pressure, and GW answered the call by pushing top seed Western Washington into overtime before losing 20-12 in the quarterfinals.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Washington State dropped nine spots to #12 due to the defending national champion's two forfeits at nationals. Realistically, WSU is probably capable of playing at a higher level than several of the teams ranked above it, but the simple fact is that we'll never know. Through the sea of upsets and underperformances at nationals, we don't know where WSU would have fit in, but we're not going to rank the former champion above most teams that did play their two games last weekend.
Claremont is the only team that dropped out of the top 16, a move that occured after the team allowed 105 points against and scored only one try.
Around the rest of the country, friendlies and tournaments abound. The most notable event last weekend was the Beast of the East, which Vassar won against UConn 12-0 in Portsmouth, R.I.
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Women DII College Top 25 - April 20, 2011
1 (1) Western Washington (10-0). Advanced to DII semis defeating Claremont 67-5 then George Washington 20-12 in overtime
2 (12) Radcliffe (8-4) (12-4). Advanced to DII semis defeating UW La Crosse 22-0 and Norwich 22-7
3 (6) Notre Dame (5-1) (6-2). Advanced to DII semis defeating Mesa State 27-20 and Shippensburg 23-15
4 (8) Stonehill (11-2). Advanced to DII semis defeating Winona 35-7 and UNC Charlotte 37-7
5 (2) Norwich (12-1) (17-6). Defeated Mary Washington 55-5 and lost to Radcliffe 22-7 in DII quarters
6 (9) George Washington (8-2) (13-3). Defeated Lee University 20-5 then lost to Western Washington 20-12 in DII quarters
7 (5) Shippensburg (10-1) (11-2). Defeated Santa Clara 38-17, lost to Notre Dame 23-15 in DII quarters
8 (13) Mesa State (7-2). Lost to Notre Dame 27-20 then forfeit win vs Santa Clara
9 (10) Lee (7-1). Lost to George Washington 20-5 then defeated Claremont 38-0 in DII consolation
10 (15) Mary Washington (8-3) (8-5). Lost to Norwich 55-5 and then defeated UW La Crosse 17-10 in DII consolation
11 (7) Winona State (9-2) (21-3). Lost to Stonehill 35-7 and forfeit win over Washington State at DII nationals
12 (3) Washington State (8-4). Forfeited two games at DII nationals
13 (4) UW LaCrosse (9-2). Lost to Radcliffe 22-0 and Mary Washington 17-10 in DII consolation
14 (25) UNC Charlotte (5-2). Forfeit win against Washington State then 37-7 loss to Stonehill in DII quarters
15 (19) Santa Clara (4-3). Lost to Shippensburg 38-17 then forfeited DII consolation to Mesa State
16 (11) Slippery Rock (6-1-1). Idle
17 (18) Vassar (5-2-1) (13-4-1). Won Beast of the East
18 (24) Wayne State (8-0). Idle.
19 (16) Temple (6-3) (7-5). Defeated Bloomsburg and lost to La Salle in friendlies
20 (17) Boston University (8-3). Defeated Portland U19s 60-10
21 (21) La Salle (5-2) (7-3). Defeated Temple in a friendly
22 (20) William & Mary (8-3). Lost to Shippensburg 29-17 on April 9
23 (14) Claremont (6-3). Lost to Western Washington 67-5 then Lee University 38-0 at DII nationals
24 (22) CSU Fullerton (5-0-1). Idle
25 (unr) Colorado College (4-1). Idle