The four DII men’s college teams to play in the national semifinals May 18 have been decided, after quarterfinal matches played Sunday.
Salisbury, Towson, Lindenwood and Utah Valley will contest for the national title at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.
Salisbury held East Carolina to three first-half penalty kicks and ran away with the game in the second half after leading by only a single point at halftime.
Jacob Fields scored two tries and flyhalf Nick Kuhl also scored two and added three conversion for a personal haul of 16.
Tries: Kuhl 2, Fields 2, Reese, Groves, Peroutka
Convs: Kuhl 4
East Carolina 9
Pens: Hughston 3
Towson shut down Colgate and prop Aaron Goldberg scored three tries as the Maryland side won 46-3.
Tries: Goldberg (3), Turner, Rodgers, Buss, Neutzling, Sweeney
Convs: Lowe 2, Fluke
New varsity program Lindenwood finally got the truly competitive game they needed, and they prevailed, beating UW-Whitewater 27-15 in Sunday’s quarterfinal.
The two teams battled to a virtual standstill in the first 20 minutes. But two Lindenwood tries in the second 20 minutes put them up to stay. Morgan Findlay and Brendan Davis provided all the scoring for Lindenwood, with Findlay touching down three times and Davis scoring two tries and a conversion.
Tries: Morgan Findlay (3), Davis (2)
Tries: Koehler, Haen, Kopp
Utah Valley opened up a very tight game to defeated Cal State Long Beach 34-13 Sunday. UVU flyhalf Dan Ottesen scored two tries, including the key momentum-shifter. With the score 10-8 Utah Valley, and halftime just a minute away, Ottesen scored and, with Robert Ofa's conversion, UVU lef 17-8 and never looked back.
Utah Valley 34
Tries: Araujo, Lfrendt, Ottesen 2, Afu, Pahulu
Convs: Ofa, Ottesen
Tries: Sanchez, Mazer