The College Rugby Association of America (CRAA) has wrapped its women’s Division I fall regular season, and now all that awaits are the semifinals and championship. The Rocky Mountain and Rugby Northeast conferences are sending two teams apiece to Charlotte, N.C., for Friday, Dec. 1 semifinals and then Saturday, Dec. 2 title match.
Colorado Mesa University (CMU) locked up a spot in the CRAA post-season when Colorado beat Montana State the weekend prior, but its seed – and the second team to attend the fall championship – depended on a make-up game. Last Sunday, Colorado and Air Force contested the decider, and the Buffaloes triumphed 38-31. Crucially, however, Air Force banked two bonus points in the loss.
“This year’s close records meant that the standing points were also very close for our top 4 teams,” Rocky Mountain conference commissioner Theresa Pitts-Singer addressed the league. “The bonus points were the determining factors for the final ranking. … The competitive rugby and close rankings are testimony to the high quality of our players, coaches, and volunteers.”
So Mesa advances to DI fall semifinals as the No. 1 Rocky Mountain seed, and Air Forces advances as the conference’s No. 2 seed.
They will face the top-two teams from DI Rugby Northeast. Northeastern and UCONN finished atop the standings at the end of the regular season, but there was an opportunity for No. 3 and No. 4 teams to play into the CRAA championship. But the higher seeds prevailed in last weekend’s playoff. Northeastern beat Boston Univ. 91-7, and UCONN beat Boston College 38-12. Northeastern and UCONN – who played to a 15-8 decision in the regular season – will not contest another game, so the Maddogs are #1 out of the conference, and Huskies are #2.
CRAA DIVISION I FALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Friday, Dec. 1 • Semifinals
Colorado Mesa (Rocky Mountain #1) vs. UCONN (Rugby Northeast #2)
Northeastern (Rugby Northeast #1) vs. Air Force (Rocky Mountain #2)
Saturday, Dec. 2 • Final
Kickoffs and streaming information will come from CRAA.