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DI Club Rankings – April 19, 2016

  • 20 Apr 2016
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Raleigh storms to #2 on the rankings. /// Photo courtesy of Raleigh Venom Rugby

 

The field advancing toward the DI national championship will begin narrowing this weekend, as conferences start holding playoffs. By May 8, the national quarterfinalists will be named and then convene on May 21-22 for the eastern and western playoffs. That’s when many questions about conferences’ relative strength will be answered. Here’s where the Top 15 ranking sits today:

 

While tournament results are not as influential as full-length or league results, D.C. Ruggerfest was different. The elite bracket brought together WPL sides and three DI teams preparing for playoffs, and therefore, the results are more influential. Raleigh went 3-1 to finish runner-up to WPL New York, defeating Beantown 14-0, Black Ice 33-0 and D.C. Furies 10-0.  Beantown went 1-4, losing to Raleigh, New York and Furies, while defeating Black Ice 31-14. For now, that’s enough for a position swap. Similarly, Black Ice fell to #10.

 

Houston made the biggest leap from #15 to #9 for the bonus-point loss it surrendered to #6 Austin. The Red River leaders played each other in Saturday’s league-ender, and the Valkyries prevailed 27-22. Don’t be surprised to see these two teams in the conference championship on May 8.

 

Belmont Shore was promoted two spots after beating Santa Monica 39-34 in a fantastic game. The Dolphins actually outscored Belmont Shore on tries: three in the first half (Hannah Han, Margaret Lee, Whitney Vance) and three in the final 10 minutes of the game (Alexandrya Walker, Vance 2). Belmont Shore put Sisilia Puaka (2), Matelina Maluia (2) and Joann Chang into the try zone, but inside center Elizabeth Simmons’ boot made the difference. She added two penalties in addition to four conversions for the cushion.

 

Since Las Vegas (1-4) beat Tempe (2-3) 34-33 last weekend, the Arizona side is now statistically eliminated from the SoCal final. Regardless of this weekend’s results, the SoCal seed will be decided between Belmont Shore and Santa Monica on May 7.

 

The Mid-Atlantic has wrapped up league (Raleigh must play Severn River Saturday but the outcome has no bearing on playoff match-ups), with Raleigh and Pittsburgh remaining undefeated in their respective pools. Even though NOVA lost to Raleigh, a 12-point defeat to a team that has now been promoted to the #2 spot isn’t a bad result. So NOVA moved up a spot. The proper rank will be worked out on May 7-8, when MAC holds its semifinals: Raleigh vs. Philadelphia, Pittsburgh vs. NOVA.

 

The Midwest kicked off the spring portion of its season, and the results followed the fall trend: Chicago North Shore defeated Detroit 29-12, and the Minnesota Valkyries topped unranked Chicago 29-21. The Valkyries dropped three spots after losing a 62-37 contest to DII Wisconsin.

 

Finally, list-topper Seattle put in a good performance against BC Premier leader Westshore last weekend, losing 27-17. The Saracens have advanced to the Canadian semifinals and will play #2 Castaway Wanderers Saturday. Should Seattle win, then it will play the winner of Westshore vs. Burnaby Lake on April 30.

 

 

DIVISION I CLUB TOP 15 – APRIL 19, 2016

New Rank (Old Rank) Team (League Record). Results

 

1 (1) Seattle (10-5). Lost 27-17 to league-leader Westshore

 

2 (5) Raleigh (5-0). Defeated NOVA 27-15, 2nd at Ruggerfest

 

3 (2) Beantown (7-0). Beat Providence 21-15, 1-3 at DC Ruggerfest

 

4 (3) Boston (5-2). Defeated DII Portland 19-7

 

5 (4) Chicago North Shore (4-0). Defeated Detroit 29-12

 

6 (6) Austin (7-0). Defeated HARC 27-22

 

7 (7) Pittsburgh (4-0). Defeated Philly 28-7, 36-10

 

8 (9) NOVA (4-2). Lost 27-15 to Raleigh

 

9 (15) HARC (4-1). Lost 27-22 to Austin

 

10 (8) Black Ice (1-2). Lost 29-24 to Vipers, defeated DII Boulder 44-24, 1-3 at Ruggerfest

 

11 (13) Belmont Shore (4-1). Defeated Santa Monica 39-34

 

12 (10) Santa Monica (3-2). Lost 39-34 to Belmont Shore

 

13 (12) Philadelphia (1-3). Lost to Pittsburgh 28-7, 36-10

 

14 (11) Minn. Valkyries (3-1). Defeated Chicago 29-21

 

15 (14) Detroit (1-3). Lost 29-12 to Chicago North Shore

 

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