Mid Atlantic Region Begins to Wind Down Regular Season

Plenty of action this weekend in the Mid-Atlantic as teams search for strong finishes to their regular season.

Men's Division I
In the final game of the regular season, the Norfolk Blues knocked off previously unbeaten Rocky Gorge, 39-34, to earn the #1 seed in the MAC playoffs. Gorge had the 20-15 lead at the half, but the Blues scored three straight tries to open up the second half. Gorge attempted a comeback however they ran out of time. This is the first time Norfolk has beaten Gorge since it moved up to DI three years ago.

"We stayed patient and stuck to our attack plan," Norfolk coach Chris Porter said. "In the past, we would get frustrated at not getting a score after a few phases. On Saturday, we showed we have grown as a team and are able to string together multiple phases to score."

"Norfolk stayed in it by scoring off of our mistakes, that's what good teams do," Gorge coach Nick DiMichele said. "The key was their quick try after the half which gave them a lot of momentum and we dug ourselves a hole we couldn't get out of. Being undefeated is great and we always want to win, but winning the MAC Championship is the goal and we are still in a good position to do that."

As the #1 seed, Norfolk draws Potomac in the semifinals on Saturday while Rocky Gorge will host Pittsburgh.

Men's Division I-B/II
Before the DI match, the top two sides of DI-B battled to a 50-36 Norfolk victory over Rocky Gorge. Unlike DI, Gorge won the divisional title and retained the #1 seed and the Blues captured the #2 seed. Gorge host Philadelphia-Whitemarsh this Saturday while Norfolk travels to Doylestown.

In the last DII-South match of the season, Washington beat Richmond, 36-29.

Women's Division I
In a potential championship preview, Philadelphia outlasted NOVA, 28-22. Down late, NOVA's Lauren Hoeck cut the lead to one point with less than five minutes remaining. NOVA kept fighting but Kristin Aliberto's try at the buzzer shut the door on any comeback and secured Philly the win.

With only three teams left in DI, NOVA will play Raleigh on May 5th for the right to challenge Philadelphia in the final on Sunday.


Women's Division II
In the penultimate weekend in DII, the top four squads advancing to the playoffs were pretty much determined. Doylestown and its 8-0 record are the #1 seed, Harrisburg's 60-15 win over Norfolk earned it second place, and Phoenixville Whitehorse locked up third with a 58-41 win against Severn River. Chesapeake beat Brandywine, 34-31, to remain alive for the fourth seed. If Chesapeake can defeat James River on Saturday, it is in the playoffs. However, if it loses, Severn River takes its spot to play Doylestown in the semifinals.


Women's Division III
With one week left in the DIII season, the semifinal matchups are set. The Maryland Stingers capped their 8-0 season with a 69-12 win over Patuxent River and will play Philadelphia in the semifinals and Northeast Philadelphia draws NOVA in the other semifinal.


Norfolk Blues 39 Rocky Gorge Rugby 34 Men DI
Norfolk Blues DI-B 50 Rocky Gorge Rugby DI-B 36 Men DI-B
Washington Rugby 36 Richmond Lions 29 Men DII-South
Philadelphia Rugby 28 NOVA 22 Women DI
Pittsburgh Angels Forfeit Raleigh Venom Win Women DI
Chesapeake Rugby 34 Brandywine Riot 31 Women DII
James River Rugby 0 D.C. Furies D2 79 Women DII
Norfolk Storm 15 Harrisburg Rugby 60 Women DII
Phoenixville White Horse 58 Severn River Rugby 41 Women DII
James River Forfeit Doylestown Win Women DII
Rappahannock Rugby 22 Frederick Rugby 10 Women DIII-South
Maryland Stingers 69 Patuxent River Rugby 12 Women DIII-South