Round 8 Recap: Most conferences set-in-stone after ‘Medusa’ weekend

D1A Rugby: Round 8 Recap: Most conferences set-in-stone after ‘Medusa’ weekend
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  • Kutztown tops East Conference table
  • Navy, BYU, & Northeastern remain undefeated
  • Davenport & Notre Dame College tie
  • Big Ten Conference Top-2 set
  • Syracuse tops Liberty (Empire) table
  • Notable games throughout conferences

CROSSOVER

#5 Navy hosted #10 Penn State in a cross conference matchup of titans. Navy was undefeated heading in to this match while Penn State was 3-2, coming off the back of two tough loses to Davenport and Kutztown. Navy got out to an early lead after their scrumhalf Kevin Strehle scored in the third minute of the match. Navy would build on their lead, scoring two more tries to go in to half time up 19-5. Navy would hold their lead in the second half, winning 38-12 and improving to 7-0 on the year.

#8 Davenport got out to a hot start against #12 Notre Dame College, scoring 13 points and shutting out NDC in the first half. NDC would battle back in the second half though, at one point holding a 19-16 lead with just seven minutes left to play. However, Davenport was able to hang on and tie the score at 19 a piece thanks to a late penalty kick by flyhalf Mathew DeVilliers in the 74th minute. Despite only scoring one try, Davenport were able to stay in the game and eventually tie it thanks to a strong showing from their kicker DeVilliers, who successfully converted four crucial penalty kicks.

EAST

#7 Kutztown hosted a struggling #18 St. Bonaventure this past weekend, demolishing them 83-7. Kutztown scored early in the match, when outside center Ryan Nolan sprinted in for a try in the 13th minute of the match. St. Bonaventure would soon strike back, as their inside center Tyler Tomlinson would score just three minutes later. St. Bonaventure would successfully convert the kick, giving them their only lead of the game. Kutztown would go on to score 78 unanswered points after St. Bonaventure’s lone try in the first half. Winger Aaron Gray and fullback D’Montae Noble each scored three tries in the win.

Elsewhere in Rugby East, #13 Army defeated Mary Washington 31-15. While Army was down 7-15 at the end of the first half, they were able to fight back in the second half and score 24 unanswered points.

INDEPENDENT

Notre Dame finished their east coast tour, playing at Michigan on Friday night. Notre Dame would go on to win 56-15, improving their record to 3-3 against D1A opponents this year.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN

#9 BYU remained undefeated this year, as they shutout Wyoming 78-0. BYU flyhalf Connor Parry led his team with 28 points, courtesy of two tries and nine conversions. BYU appear to have first place in the Rocky Mountain conference locked down, with only two games left in the regular season.

#21 Colorado State narrowly defeated a strong Utah Valley side 26-21, with winger Christopher Heyman leading the way with two tries in the match. Air Force ended their four game losing streak with a win against Utah State, beating them 44-10.

BIG TEN

The second to last week of the season for the Big Ten saw #17 Indiana defeat a last place Purdue 62-15. Indiana’s eight-man Russell Lemaster scored three tries in the win. #19 Ohio State beat Wisconsin on the road 69-15, remaining in first place point standings, following the win. Illinois beat Minnesota at home 39-5. Illinois’ eight-man Lonnie Buchanan had an eventful game, scoring two tries for Illinois prior to being yellow carded early in the second half.

LIBERTY

Teams in the Liberty Conference made their final push towards the playoffs this past weekend, with most teams playing in their final regular season game. Syracuse remained undefeated in league play, beating Albany 63-10 and locking up first place in the Empire division in the process. Syracuse Hooker Aidan Kelly scored three tries in the game, bringing his team leading total to 11 on the season.

Northeastern came back from a 7-17 deficit against Fordham, to win 31-17 and remain undefeated this year at the top of the New England division. Boston College held off a dedicated Umass side, beating them 38-29 to lock up at least a second place finish in the New England division. Buffalo wrapped up their season with a 36-14 win at home against Colgate, #14 Iona beat AIC 54-20, Oswego beat Binghamton 44-5, Brockport narrowly defeated Cortland 31-27, and Stony Brook beat Rutgers 24-10.

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Wednesday, Oct 23rdSyracuse31 – 40Notre Dame
Friday, Oct 25thMichigan15 – 56Notre Dame
Saturday, Oct 26th#5 Navy38 – 12#10 Penn State
#17 Indiana62 – 15Purdue
Buffalo36 – 14Colgate
#7 Kutztown83 – 7#18 St. Bonaventure
#13 Army31 – 15Mary Washington
Fordham17 – 31Northeastrn
Syracuse63 – 10Albany
Stony Brook24 – 10Rutgers
Oswego State44 – 5Binghamton
Boston College38 – 29UMass
Rhode Island37 – 10Tufts
Brockport31 – 27Cortland
Illinois39 – 5Minnesota
Wisconsin15 – 69#19 Ohio State
Utah State10 – 44Air Force
#9 BYU78 – 0Wyoming
#14 Iona54-20American International
#21 Colorado State26 – 21Utah Valley
Sunday, Oct 27th#12 Notre Dame College19 – 19#8 Davenport