A Busy Weekend Throughout the Mid Atlantic

Women's Division I 
To kick off the spring, the first leg of the DI women's Gold Cup was held this past weekend as teams from the Mid-Atlantic and the Red River battled in Raleigh, N.C. The Raleigh Venom played the Houston Athletic Rugby Club (HARC) and Northern Virginia (NOVA) squared off against the Austin Valkyries on Saturday then switched opponents for Sunday's games.

When the dust settled, the Mid-Atlantic swept the tests as NOVA beat Austin, 29-10, and then stomped HARC, 43-10. As for Raleigh, the Venom dominated HARC, 75-12, on Saturday and defeated Austin, 32-7, on Sunday.

"For the weekend as a whole, we were able to get our newer players some valuable playing time against high level competition," Raleigh head coach Mike Streicker said. "For an early season test, it gave us a great bar to set and push ourselves to continue to get better for the next few months."


Women's Division II and DIII:

Due to field conditions, the DII match between Doylestown and James River and the DIII bout between Frederick and Patuxent River were postponed.

 
Men's Division I
The Norfolk Blues rocked Baltimore-Chesapeake for 12 tries leading to a 76-12 win. Head coach Chris Porter attributed the victory to the forwards giving the backs good ball and space to attack. Ben McDougall and Herman Sandoval each notched hat tricks and Jacob Humphrey totaled 19 points with a try and seven conversions. The win plants Norfolk in second place with a 7-1 record.

After a difficult fall that ended with a three-game losing streak, the Potomac Exiles has begun the spring winning its first two games following a 31-26 come from behind triumph over the Washington Irish. The Exiles were hot then cold then hot again after racing out to a 19-5 lead, surrendering the advantage to Irish, then winning the game on a try at the horn by Kevin Kimble.

In Rocky Gorge's first foray of the spring, the divisional leader tested itself against one of the top teams in the East as Old Blue of New York made the trip down I-95 to Maryland. It wasn't pretty for Gorge as there was plenty of rust to knock off and turnovers and penalties plagued them all day resulting in a 37-24 loss.

 
Men's Division DI-B
Like the DI game that followed, the competitive B-side match between Norfolk and Baltimore-Chesapeake concluded with a 57-24 Blues victory. The Blues scored nine tries in the win including a set by David Paradiso.


Men's Division III

Because of lack of numbers for both sides, the DIII-Central match between Frederick and Quantico was cancelled. All was not lost as the teams joined forces and played a social match against Western Suburbs.

In DIII North, Jersey Shore scored the first three tries of the match against the Hibernians and never looked back for the 22-12 win. Head coach Doc J Zimmerman said that the deciding factor was "aggressive defense. Defensive line speed, togetherness, communication, and 85 tackles made [won the game]."

Lastly, Harrisburg dominated the Happy Valley Barbarians, 61-15, in the DIII North. Fullback Peter Tantillo was a man on fire with five tries to push Harrisburg's record to 7-2. The win secures the #2 seed in the Red Division and Harrisburg will join the #1 seed, Phoenixville Whitehorse, in the EPRU playoffs on April 14th.