[Last Update: Nov. 5] The National Collegiate Rugby (NCR) women’s 15s regional playoffs occur between Nov. 10-12, and the Division I, Division II and Small College competitions have nearly named all of their representatives. This post tracks conferences’ championships and their teams heading to regionals. There are still at-large berths to award and there are always a few post-season tweaks that necessitate some edits, and this post will update accordingly. Red teams have secured a regionals spot.
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DI playoffs begin at the quarterfinal (Nov. 10) / semifinal (Nov. 12) stage, and occur at two locations: St. Louis and Elkhart, Ind. The DI national championship is Saturday, Dec. 2 in Houston. There is one at-large berth to name.
Allegheny (3) – Uses standings. Notre Dame College is the rep after beating Kent State and Pittsburgh.
Big 10 – (7) Uses standings. 2 teams at regionals. Michigan (6-0) has locked up #1 spot and heads to St. Louis. Indiana (5-1) is runner-up and traveling to Elkhart, Ind., for regionals.
Independents – There are several independent teams, some of which belong to hybrid conferences, others that form their own schedules across conferences. Boise State from High Peaks is an at-large candidate.
Lone Star (3) – Southern Nazarene University shut out Texas A&M in the conference championship and heads to St. Louis for regionals.
Midwest (5) – Uses standings. 2 teams spots at regionals. Northern Iowa (4-0) repeated as champ and heads to St. Louis for regionals. Iowa State (3-1) is the runner-up and will head to Elkhart, Ind., for regionals.
South Atlantic (6) – Uses standings. League play ends Nov. 4 but Virginia Women’s Rugby has claimed the top seed in the conference and will head to Elkhart, Ind., for regionals. This league has a very good case for the at-large berth, and if it’s awarded, then that team would travel to St. Louis.
Division II holds its Round of 16/8 on Nov. 11-12 at four locations (St. Louis, Mo.; Elkhart, Ind.; Henniker, N.H.; Culpeper, Va.). Each of the four pools has one at-large berth to fill. The Dec. 2-3 nationals will feature semifinals and finals.
Great Lakes – Uses standings. Grand Valley State Univ. is undefeated and will rep the Michigan/Ohio league in Elkhart, Ind.
Great Waters – UW Eau Claire and Illinois won their respective semifinals on Nov. 4 (see below), and then the DII reigning champions topped Illinois 43-5 in Sunday’s final. Both head to regionals. UWEC goes to Elkhart, Ind., and Illinois goes to St. Louis.
Nov. 4 Semifinals
UW Eau Claire (North 1) 45-10 Loyola (South 2)
Illinois (South 1) 34-14 Marquette (North 2)
Nov. 5 Championship
Final: UW Eau Claire 43-5 Illinois
High Peaks – Uses standings. Colorado School of Mines has locked up the seed and will head to St. Louis.
Lone Star – Louisiana State University will represent the otherwise Texan league in the St. Louis regionals.
Mid-Atlantic – Oct. 28 semifinals were crossovers between the North and South pools, and the North teams triumphed for berths to the Nov. 4 final. Temple Univ. beat Delaware Univ. 54-12 to repeat as MARC champion and heads to Culpeper, Va., for regionals.
Oct 28 semifinals
Temple (N1) 45-0 Mary Washington (S2)
Delaware (N2) 42-39 American (S1)
Nov. 4 finals
Championship: Temple 54-12 Delaware
New England Wide – New Hampshire beat Vermont 14-10 on Oct. 29 for a spot in the Nov. 4 final against Coast Guard. The two met in Springfield, Mass., and the Bears won 80-17 for the title. The academy heads to Henniker, N.H., for regionals. New Hampshire picked up an at-large bid.
Northeast – Roger Williams Univ. beat Providence College for the conference title and will contest regionals at Henniker, N.H.
Northern Lights – North Dakota State University beat University of North Dakota in the Oct. 29 conference championship. League doesn’t get an automatic berth to regionals and needs to apply for at-large.
Ohio Valley – Uses standings. Univ. Cincinnati is the champ and heading to Elkhart, Ind., for regionals.
South Atlantic – Coastal Carolina University beat Appalachian State 46-19 in the conference championship and will head to Culpeper, Va., for regionals.
Tri-State – The conference held a full post-season beginning at the quarterfinal stage (see below), and the highly anticipated rematch between Columbia (#1) and Vassar (#2) occurred on Sunday, Nov. 5. Tied at 17-17 at halftime, Columbia pulled ahead late to win 31-22 and takes the conference title to Henniker, N.H., for regionals. Vassar and Fairfield picked up at-large berths.
Oct. 28 Quarterfinals
Columbia (1) 89-0 Rutgers (8)
RPI (4) 27-14 Marist (5)
Fairfield (3) 29-5 Montclair (6)
Vassar (2) 65-0 Stony Brook (7)
Oct. 29 Semifinals
Columbia 19-0 RPI
Vassar 27-12 Fairfield
Nov. 5 Final
Columbia 31-22 Vassar
Upstate New York – Uses standings. Syracuse is the league’s rep after going 5-0 this fall. Team heads to Culpeper, Va., for regionals.
There are 12 Small College leagues, so each regional championship site (4) was originally scheduled to host three champions and an at-large team for the Round of 16/8 (Nov. 11-12). Nationals weekend is semifinals (Dec. 2) and final (Dec. 3).
Allegheny – Gannon Univ. is the only small college team playing 15s and the conference rep is penciled into the Elkhart, Ind., pool for regionals.
Colonial Coast – Endicott College beat Salve Regina 41-10 in the conference championship, and the reigning national champion will contest its regional playoffs in Henniker, N.H.
Eastern Pennsylvania (EPRU) – Conference held semifinal/championship weekend on Oct. 28-29. Scranton forfeited to York College, while East Stroudsburg University beat Loyola in the Saturday semifinal. On Sunday, York beat ESU 69-10 for the league title, but East Stroudsburg is taking the berth to Culpeper, Va., for regionals.
Great Waters – What a final! Northern Michigan and UW Platteville won their respective semifinals on Nov. 4 and then faced each other in the Sunday final. In the waning minutes, North Star kicked a penalty for the go-ahead points, 28-27 the final, after trailing the entire second half. Northern Michigan heads to Elkhart, Ind., for regionals, but UW Platteville would be an excellent at-large option for St. Louis.
Nov. 4 Semifinals
#1 UW Platteville 73-5 #4 Michigan Tech
#2 Northern Michigan 48-0 #3 U Chicago
Nov. 5 Final
Northern Michigan 28-27 UW Platteville
Mid-America – Pittsburg State is representing the league at St. Louis for regionals.
Northeast – Uses standings. Colby College is the champ and will report to Henniker, N.H., for regionals.
Northern Lights – MSU Moorhead beat Gustavus Adolphus in the conference final and heads to St. Louis for regionals.
Ohio Valley – Uses standings. Baldwin Wallace Univ. is champ but TBD on regionals.
Prairie State – Wayne State College is the champ and heading to St. Louis for regionals.
South Atlantic – Originally there was an East vs. West conference final scheduled, but Lee University is the champ and heads directly to Culpeper, Va., for regionals.
Tri-State – Conference semifinals were scheduled for Oct. 29, but one was canceled and the other was a forfeit. On Saturday, Nov. 4, top-seeded Siena College hosted #2 Hofstra in the conference final and won 40-27. The New York school reports to Henniker, N.H., regionals.
Upstate New York – After a semifinal round on Oct. 21, St. Bonaventure University won the conference with a 32-22 title win against SUNY Cortland and heads to Culpeper, Va., for regionals. The Peace Frogs are taking an at-large berth to Elkhart, Ind.
Oct. 21 Semifinals
Cortland 38-0 Niagara
St. Bonaventure 65-17 SUNY Oswego
Oct. 29 Championship
St. Bonaventure 32-22 Cortland