Vassar strong in Tri-State / Photo: Carlisle Stockton
The Tri-State conference is one of four leagues competing in the American Collegiate Rugby Association (ACRA), which is based primarily in the Northeast region, with its southern border in Pennsylvania and Delaware. ACRA has partnered with the Collegiate Rugby Association of America (CRAA) and together they will host the DII fall 15s championship.
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Tri-State hosts North and South divisions, which will contest crossover quarterfinals on Oct. 24. There is also a DIII, but there is no post-season pathway beyond the conference stage.
#1 Rutgers (South #4) @ Vassar (North #1)
#2 RPI (N3) @ Siena (S2)
#3 Columbia (S3) @ Fairfield (N2)
#4 Marist (N4) @ Montclair (S1)
On Oct. 31, the conference semifinals take place:
#2 Winner @ #1 Winner
#3 Winner @ #4 Winner
On Nov. 6, the Tri-state champion and 3rd place games will occur. And then it’s on to ACRA regional playoffs.
There are four conferences in ACRA: Tri-State, New England Wide, Mid-Atlantic and Rugby Northeast. Vassar is the long-time Tri-State champion and went 5-0 through the North Division. Last weekend, the Brewers added a friendly against DIII NIRA National Champion Bowdoin, and gleaned good info in the 26-17 loss.
New England Wide run three tiers of competition, but only Tier 1 is eligible for DII ACRA playoffs. U.S. Coast Guard Academy is the team to beat and is technically 5-0 (the Bears’ game against Hartford this weekend is a forfeit win). Conference semifinals will be held Oct. 29, and the champion will be named Nov. 6.
Rugby Northeast accounts for eight DII teams competing in ACRA, and thus far, St. Michael’s and Stonehill are leading. The former beat Colby 37-19 and NCR Small College Middlebury 24-15, while the latter defeated UM Lowell 60-14 and Providence 34-18 (Stonehill also scheduled to play Southern Connecticut last weekend but that result is still pending). Season-ending standings will name the conference champion and runner-up.
The Mid-Atlantic got the latest start of all the conferences, and info is sparse. But the traditional leaders are being challenged early. Bloomsburg tied The College of New Jersey 17-17 on opening weekend, and Temple beat Kutztown 24-17 last Saturday.
On Nov. 13, the four conference runners-up will contest Wild Card matches, and the victors will advance to the ACRA Rounds of 8/4. During the Nov. 20-21 playoffs, two members of the Rocky Mountain conference join the bracket. Rocky Mountain belongs to CRAA, but it is the only league with a fall-based Division II competition. The two reps will very likely have to fly to the east coast for their double-header weekend.
ACRA WILD CARDS
Match 1: Rugby Northeast #2 @ Tri-State #2
Match 2: MARC #2 @ New England Wide #2
ROUND OF 8 @ TBD
Match 3: New England Wide #1 v Winner Match 1
Match 4: Rocky Mountain #1 v MARC #1
Match 5: Tri-State #1 v Rugby Northeast #1
Match 6: Rocky Mountain #1 v Winner Match 2
Winner Match 3 v Winner Match 4
Winner Match 5 v Winner Match 6
The CRAA/ACRA DII Fall Championship title match will occur Dec. 4 in Matthews, N.C.