UVA hosted and won the VWIT with four convincing wins. /// Photo courtesy Virginia Women’s Rugby
It’s been a somewhat uneventful two weeks in terms of rankings-shifting results, and as such, the DI Spring Top 15 hasn’t moved since Feb. 22.
A few teams did play their first games of the season. Penn State (1) played DII Bloomsburg to big wins and is currently in Italy on its annual spring break tour. Lindenwood (4) traveled to the Las Vegas Invitational and lost the Open final to AIC 15-5. BYU (5) was also in Vegas and banked two solid 15s wins against the SoCal Griffins.
Central Washington (2) wrapped up its DI Pacific Mountain Rugby Conference (PMRC) schedule with an 89-0 over Washington State, which takes the top North seed to conference playoffs. The PMRC West also concluded, with UC Davis (6) finishing atop the standings after a 45-7 win over Chico State. Stanford (7) took second and capped the season with a 64-3 win over Cal. UC San Diego (8) has one more league game remaining but clinched the top PMRC South seed after a 70-26 win over Arizona and 32-14 victory over Arizona State.
A tight race continues in Florida, as Florida International (14) and Central Florida (15) will likely end the season with identical records. It will all come down to bonus points, and currently, the Knights are one point ahead in that category. UCF will challenge itself against Life (3) this weekend in 7s and 15s games, while FIU waits until the end of the month before resuming league play.
Life remained busy and hosted DII fall champion Davenport (read more). The Running Eagles leaned on their speed and distribution skills to win 55-0. UVA hosted the annual VWIT and defeated Pittsburgh’s two teams, James Madison and George Washington by a combined 352-13 for the title.
The next two weeks are relatively light as well. The PMRC South will conclude, at which point the PMRC crossover match-ups will be confirmed. The top seeds will host, and then the four victors will move onto the western portion of the DI spring championship quarterfinals (UC Davis, April 8-9). Details as to how the eastern half of the playoffs, which includes the Mason Dixon and Florida conferences, will align have not been announced.
SPRING RANKINGS /// MAR 8, 2016
New Rank (Old Rank) Team (Record). Results.
1 (1) Penn State (11-0). Beat DII Bloomsburg in friendlies; on tour in Italy
2 (2) Central Washington (9-0). Defeated Washington State 89-0
3 (3) Life (10-2). Defeated DII Davenport 55-0
4 (4) Lindenwood (7-2). Runner-up to AIC at LVI 7s
5 (5) BYU (4-1). Defeated SoCal 15s 42-22, 31-7
6 (6) UC Davis (5-1). Defeated Chico State 45-7
7 (7) Stanford (4-2). Defeated Cal 64-3
8 (8) UC San Diego (9-0). Defeated Arizona 70-26, Arizona State 32-14
9 (9) UVA (3-0). Defeated NC State 75-0, won VWIT 4-0
10 (10) Indiana (5-4). Idle until end of March
11 (11) UConn (11-0). Idle until March 19
12 (12) Chico State (2-4). Lost 45-7 to UC Davis
13 (13) North Carolina (3-0). Idle
14 (14) Florida International (5-1). Idle
15 (15) Central Florida (6-1). Defeated South Florida 55-0