D1A Weekend Recap: Week 4

D1A Rugby: D1A Weekend Recap: Week 4
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It was another jam-packed weekend for D1A Rugby, with a plethora of interesting matchups out of the Big Ten, Rugby East, and the Liberty Conference.

While No. 7 Indiana took care of Notre Dame 50-17 in a non-conference showdown, other Big Ten teams were facing off and grappling for position in the conference. Michigan State continued to impress with a 26-0 shutout over Michigan, improving to 3-0 overall. Wisconsin picked up another quality conference win as well, narrowly defeating Ohio State 18-14 thanks to the consistent effort from their tight five in a rainy and muddy affair.

No. 19 Navy, eying big things for the fall, kicked off its season with a non-conference matchup hosting No. 15 Air Force for the battle of the Shea Cup. Navy looked impressive in their fall debut, winning 46-7 to take back the Shea Cup behind a potent offensive attack that will be a force to be reckoned with this season. The match up was exclusively featured on The Rugby Channel

“The boys have been working very hard over the past 7 weeks to develop our attacking options as well as tightening up a few areas,” Navy head coach Gavin Hickie said. “Yesterday was only the first step in what will be a long season. We still have a lot of work-ons and we will be back at it again on Monday as we prepare for a strong Dartmouth side next Saturday.” 

In Rugby East play, No. 11 Army bounced back from a loss against Notre Dame College with a convincing victory over St. Bonaventure 54-17. The Black Knights, now 3-1 in Rugby East play, came out strong in the first half notching six tries, including two by senior fullback and All-American Jake Lachina. Next up for the Black Knights is a non-conference east coast showdown against Iona, who has been tearing up the Liberty Conference this season.

Iona locked up the 1-95 division Saturday with a statement win and 81-0 shutout of Delaware and are now to prove themselves next week against one of the highest ranked teams on the east coast. Other Liberty teams are beginning to separate themselves in their respective divisions, as UCONN defeated Fairfield 55-14, improving to 3-1 in the New England division while Binghamton now tops the Empire division after a 79-12 triumph over Brockport.