Grand Valley State against the University of Michigan

2017 College Fall Championships Update

The 2017 College Fall Championships are almost upon us! We’ve got the final results for Ivy Rugby but we’re waiting for brackets from NSCRO, USA Rugby and NIRA. While we wait, we thought we’d get everyone updated on how it stands ahead of Championship season.

Ivy Rugby

Dartmouth Women won their third straight Ivy title by defeating Harvard 22-8. Brown took third by defeating Princeton 62-25. Penn Women defeated Yale for the Ivy Club title by a score of 38-12.

October 28, 2017

Final: Dartmouth 22 v. Harvard 8 @ Hanover N.H.
Final: Brown 62 v. Princeton 25 @ Princeton, NJ
Final: Columbia 0 @ Cornell 28: Forfeit
Final: Yale 12 @ Penn 38

USA Rugby D1 Elite

Not technically a fall championship as they won’t have brackets until 2018; Playoffs are in April and Championships in May. Two weeks ago Penn State and Lindenwood met in Elkhart, IN for a rematch of the 2016 Elite final. Lindenwood led early but Penn State was able to match them try for try and it was tied at before the half. Lindenwood didn’t take their foot of the gas though and led 29-17 at the half.

Lindenwood was impressive throughout the match and spread its seven tries across six players: prop Laura Enk, hooker Annemarie Reed, flyhalf Richelle Stephens, inside center McKenzie Hawkins, outside center Teresa Bueso-Gomez (2) and wing Sativa Tarau-Peehikuru. Hawkins converted every single try and added a penalty to lead with 22 points.

Lindenwood 52 Penn State 24

NIRA Rugby

Quarterfinals are November 11 and NIRA Cup Finals (Tier 2) are the same weekend. Then semi-finals take place November 17 at Quinnipiac University with Finals on November 19 at the same location.

Coaches Poll as of 10/29/2017

1. Quinnipiac University
2. Dartmouth College
3. Central Washington University
4. Norwich University
5. American International College
6. Harvard University
7. Army at West Point
8. Notre Dame College
9. University of New England
10. West Chester University
11. Bowdoin College
12. Brown University
13. Sacred Heart University
14. Molloy College
15. LIU, Post
16. Mount St. Mary’s University
17. Castleton University

USA Rugby Women’s DI

Quarterfinal play-in rounds begin November 11-12, from there teams will be split into western and eastern pools for the Round of 8. The Fall Championship is December 2-3 in Greenville, SC.

Conference winners get automatic spots in the DI fall Quarterfinals. Rocky Mountain, Midwest, Northeast and Big 10 are all in and Lone Star (formerly Southwest) will also be in. If conferences are hybrid or small, then a play-in match is more than likely required.

Western Playoffs

Rocky Mountain
Air Force is the defending USA Rugby Fall Champion and they have clinched the standings with 25 points.
Minnesota hosted Northern Illinois University battled it our for the top spot a few weeks ago. Minnesota defeated Northern Illinois 36-5 to repeat as league champion.
Lone Star
Texas A&M breezed through the newly revamped hybrid DI/DII Lone Star conference and will be returning to the quarterfinals.

Eastern Playoffs


UCONN is 4-0 in the Northeast but this conference has a complete league schedule with their own quarterfinals and final four. Those playoffs are November 4-5 and will be hosted by UCONN.

Big 10
Penn State and Notre Dame are not surprisingly the top of the conference in each of their pools. League play continues for the Big 10.


NSCRO Championships begin with regional Championships on November 11-12 and will culminate at Life University on December 2-3 and all matches will be live streamed. View the 2017 bracket.

Regional Championships

Region 1 – Northeast : Colby-Sawyer College, New London, NH
Region 2 – Mid-Atlantic South: York College, York, PA
Region 3 – Central: Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, OH
Region 4 – West: Wayne State College, Wayne, NE

USA Rugby Women’s DII

Most leagues have finalized their Champions but we’ll have a clearer picture once the Round of 32 kicks off on November 11. We’re hoping USA Rugby releases a bracket soon but The Rugby Breakdown has compiled a pretty good list of expected teams:

(finishes determined by season-end standings)
Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP)

Grand Valley State is the clear leader and currently undefeated

Nov. 4-5 Final Four
SF: UW-Lacrosse v Northern Michigan
SF: UIC v UW Oshkosh

Oct. 28 Championship
Illinois State 22-5 Illinois

(finishes determined by season-end standings)
1st: Penn
2nd: Yale

Texas A&M finished first in the DI/II hybrid competition and will compete in the DI fall playoffs; UT San Antonio finished second and will compete in the DII fall playoffs.

Nov. 4-5 Final Four
SF: Kutztown v Delaware
SF: Bloomsburg v Rowan

Nov. 4 Final
Colby v Maine-Orono

(finishes determined by season-end standings)
1st: Coast Guard
2nd: New Hampshire

Oct. 28 Championship
Winona State 82-5 North Dakota

Nov. 4 Championship
Cincinnati v Eastern Kentucky

Finishes determined by season-end standings, and it’s still very much a race. The Nov. 4-5 games will name post-season reps:

Stonehill (3-1) v Bryant (3-1)
Roger Williams (3-1) v Saint Michael’s (1-3)
Providence (2-2) v Saint Anselm (0-4)

Oct. 28 Championship
Colorado Mines 71-27 Colorado Mesa

Nov. 4 Championship
Final: Vassar v Albany
3rd: Marist v Siena

Nov. 4 Final
Buffalo State v Cortland

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