Men’s Division II Regionals set for Nov. 22-23

BOULDER, Colo. – The USA Rugby Men’s Division II College National Championship is fast approaching as teams have begun to qualify for the Nov. 22-23 Regional Playoffs.

The weekend of Nov. 8-9 will be crucial for many teams, as several conferences will be hosting their Conference Championships to determine which schools will move on to the Regional Round of 16. Furthermore, Nov. 15 will be the date when the final five Regional Playoff spots are established via cross-conference play-in matches.

The well-earned promotion to DII for Colonial Coast and New England Wide Conferences, as well as the continued overall improvement in the Men’s DII ranks, has created additional excitement surrounding the lone USA Rugby College National Championship played in the fall.

“The addition of the Colonial Coast Collegiate Conference and the New England Wide Collegiate Rugby Conference has improved and broadened the depth and quality of the USA Rugby Men’s Division II College National Championship,” said USA Rugby Collegiate Director Rich Cortez. “The traditionally strong conferences, such as the Northern Lights, Cardinals, Potomac, and the WIIL have also continued their pathways to excellence. The result is that we have more conferences playing better rugby with better organizations and coaching than ever before in Division II. We expect this year’s Championship to be the best one yet.”

USA Rugby is pleased to have the support of four schools for their hard work and preparation in hosting Regional Playoffs. James Madison University, Salisbury University, University of Rhode Island, and Washington University will present quality rugby pitches and atmospheres worthy of Regional Playoffs Round of 16.

USA Rugby Men’s Division II College National Championship – Nov. 22-23 Regionals:

Northeast Regional
Kingston, RI (University of Rhode Island)
WIIL #1 vs. Rugby Northeast
Vermont (New England Conference Champion) vs. Upstate NY

Mid-Atlantic Regional
Harrisonburg, VA (James Madison University)
James Madison (Cardinals Champion) vs. Tri-State or Mid-Atlantic #2
Potomac #2 or Cardinals #2 vs. Great Lakes

South Regional
Salisbury, MD (Salisbury University)
Potomac vs. New England Wide or Colonial Coast
Mid-Atlantic #1 vs. Furman (Southern Conference Champion)

Midwest Regional
St. Louis, MO (Washington University)
Northern Lights vs. Louisiana Tech (Deep South Champion) or Colorado College
St. Louis (Gateway Champion) vs. WILL #2 or Northern Lights #2

Each Regional winner will have two weeks to prepare for the Division II National Semifinals Saturday, Dec. 6, at Furman University in Greenville, S.C. The 2014 USA Rugby Men’s Division II National Championship will be played Dec. 7.