D1A performs well in non-conference tests

D1A Rugby: D1A performs well in non-conference tests
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BOULDER, Colo. – The official start of the 2014-15 D1A season was pushed back a week as Texas Tech’s trip to Austin, Texas, to face the Longhorns was postponed to a date yet to be determined. Similarly, several D1A teams had their matches canceled due to poor weather conditions, but many clubs managed to gain a valuable 80 minutes of rugby over the weekend.

Rugby East

The now-seven-team Rugby East Conference kicks off its league schedule this Saturday. With league matches quickly approaching, the majority of Rugby East was busy improving its skill and preparing its first XVs against non-conference opponents.

Kutztown 57-10 Ottawa University (Saturday)

Kutztown 62-7 Algonquin University (Sunday)

The most notable of Rugby East’s exploits was Kutztown’s efforts in Canada. The Golden Bears beat Ottawa University and Algonquin University by a combined 119-17 over the weekend, even though last year’s Rugby East Champions didn’t travel with a number of players anticipated to contribute to the team’s top side.

Iona 53-3 Fordham

The Gaels of Iona had no problems handling neighboring rival Fordham. Eight Gaels touched down for Iona, which should build some team confidence heading into its Conference-opener against St. Bonaventure next week.

Buffalo 8-36 Ohio State

The Bulls played Ohio State tough for 60 minutes, but couldn’t hold an 8-7 lead against the Buckeyes of the Big 10 Universities. Buffalo played enough quality rugby to show it can compete in Rugby East, but it won’t be able afford these second half lapses against the likes of Kutztown, Penn State, and West Point.

St. Bonaventure 81-0 Syracuse

The Bonnies jumped on Syracuse early and never looked back on their way to a massive shutout. Out of the three teams debuting in Rugby East this fall, St. Bonaventure looks like the squad most readily capable of competing with the big boys out east.

West

Colorado and Colorado State posted easy wins against smaller schools from the Centennial State, while Wyoming put together a nice performance in a victory over Montana State.

Colorado 73-10 Colorado College

Colorado State 52-19 Colorado School of Mines

Wyoming 44-12 Montana State

Mid-South

Lindenwood 62-5 St. Louis Ramblers

Lindenwood’s top side was surely disappointed to have its match against Wisconsin canceled, but it had no bearing on the Lions’ win over senior club side St. Louis Ramblers. Lindenwood used a developmental side on the afternoon, and will visit Palmer Chiropractic Rugby Club next week.

Davenport 14-27 Western Ontario

Western Ontario was able to exact revenge on Davenport after the Panthers beat Ontario last week. Davenport will have to shake off the loss in a hurry with a visit to Penn State awaiting the Panthers this Saturday.

Big 10 Universities

Michigan State 22-0 Grand Valley State

Sparty may not have won its top-10 battle against Oregon on the gridiron over the weekend, but Michigan State was able to blank Grand Valley, 22-0, on the pitch.

Red River

Oklahoma 27-17 Missouri

The young but talented Sooners traveled to Columbia, Mo., and returned with a win over a Tiger team that made the DIAA Regionals last season. Oklahoma’s final test before it opens Conference play will be next Saturday against senior men’s club side Oklahoma City Crusaders.

Canceled/Postponed matches:

Texas vs. Texas Tech

Michigan vs. Notre Dame

Wheeling Jesuit vs. Wake Forest

Army vs. AIC