Life’s dominant 53-19 win over No. 3 Army did not see the Running Eagles jump 2014 D1A Champions Saint Mary’s for the No. 1 spot. However, the votes between the two powerhouses are beginning to split, and a less than punctuated victory next semester for Saint Mary’s could see the Gaels slip.
Life and Kutztown left the ACRC Bowl Series with impressive victories, but it was the Running Eagles’ 53-19 win over Army that was heard loudest. Patiently waiting to meet the Rugby East Champions in Charlotte, N.C., Life has quietly been fine tuning a team that has the “most collective talent since I’ve been here,” according to now-former Head Coach and current Life University Athletic Director Dan Payne.
The Hawkeyes earned the victory they desperately sought in a 36-31 outcome against Michigan. The five-point win was due in large part to hard-charging outside center David Ryberg. The senior from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, saved his best performance of the season for the last match with a hat trick against the Wolverines.
The main attraction at the Nov. 21-22 ACRC Bowl Series is the match between No. 2 Life and No. 3 Army. The two squads enter Saturday’s big game at different points of their 2014-15 seasons. Army has already completed its conference schedule and is looking to tie a bow on a remarkable fall season. Meanwhile, Life does not get into the teeth of its schedule until after the New Year.
The California and Mid-South Conferences are the two D1A Rugby leagues that play their entire conference schedule during the spring semester. However, the two conferences take vastly different approaches to its fall preparation and training. D1A Rugby takes a look at what the squads in the Golden State have been up to this fall.
The top half of the Canterbury D1A Top 20 remains intact, but the rest of the rankings saw plenty of movement. Wisconsin’s Big Ten Universities Championship win over Ohio State bumped the Badgers up three spots to No. 13. Even in defeat, Ohio State jumped to No. 16 in this week’s rankings.
Frigid temperatures prevented the two sides from breaking an early sweat, and may have played a part in the limited scoring opportunities over the first forty minutes. Ohio State would eventually initiate the scoring and earn its one and only lead on the day when a successful penalty kick made it 3-0.