Since our last update, two new teams have qualified, and several others have gotten close.
It’s down to four teams after Towson, Georgetown, Radford and Salisbury beat VMI, East Stroudsburg, Old Dominion and Lafayette, respectively, in the quarterfinals on Saturday.
The semifinals, April 14-15 in Pittsburgh, Pa., will pit the only two remaining National Champions against each other in Radford (2003 & 2008) and Salisbury (2004). Towson and Georgetown meet in the other, in a rematch of a Potomac semifinal which Towson won 23-13 back in November.
First place out of MARFU draws the Dixie Conference champion, and the second-place team gets Boston University, champs of the Northeast.
Towson vs. Georgetown
Radford vs. Salisbury
It’s down to four, too, with the top two teams from each division advancing to the conference semifinals to be played April 14-15 in Murfreesboro, Tenn. The conference champ draws the Mid-Atlantic champion in Knoxville, Tenn. April 28.
Sewanee vs. Univ. Alabama-Birmingham
Harding vs. Lee
The championship tournament was played in the fall, but not until Saturday was the territory’s second seed determined.
Northern Illinois finished second in the Midwest playoffs, but through a Midwest rule, UW-Milwaukee was allowed to challenge them. UW-Milwaukee lost to Midwest champs UW-Whitewater and beat fourth-place Ohio, just like Northern Illinois.
Therefore, the Panthers earned a challenge match, which they won 31-27 Saturday. For winning, they advance to the Sweet 16 as the Midwest’s second seed and will face West champ Lindenwood April 28 in Cottage Grove, Wisc.
Saturday wrapped up regular season play. In both games that were played, the losing teams were able to do enough to get themselves to the playoffs.
UNC-Charlotte traveled to Boone, NC and beat Appalachian State 24-22, but the bonus point was enough to push Appalachian State to the semifinals as the top team out of the West.
UNC-Greensboro suffered a loss to Coastal Carolina, 42-27, but also secured the bonus point that they needed to move on as the East’s second seed.
The conference semis will be played at Elon University April 14-15.
Appalachian State vs UNC-Greensboro
UNC-Wilmington vs College of Charleston
There are two teams left, here, and they’ll meet April 15 in Columbus, Ga. West Florida won its way into the championship game by defeating Tulane 26-21 to take the Bayou Conference Saturday, and East Carolina swept the Tournament Conference earlier.
The semifinals take place this upcoming weekend in Santa Rosa, Calif., with the top three teams advancing to Nationals.
Sierra is the top seed out of Northern California, having beaten Santa Rosa in league play. Utah Valley is the Utah champ, and Idaho State is the Pacific Northwest champ.
Sierra vs. Idaho State
Santa Rosa vs. Utah Valley
If Cal State Long Beach wins and bonus points Saturday against Pepperdine, they advance. If they do anything else, and Santa Barbara City College beats Cal State Fullerton, then SBCC will make up a previously rained out Pepperdine.
Either way, it will be either Cal State Long Beach or SBCC representing SoCal against the Pacific Coast champion in the Sweet 16 Palo Alto, Calif.