Mid-Atlantic Provided a Highly Competitive Round

Despite the the inclement weather, teams played at a high level throughout the Mid-Atlantic.

With the hurricane blowing up the coast, eight of the 27 Mid-Atlantic club games were postponed due to weather issues. In the remaining matches, history was made as the Eastern DI Women's competition played its first match, three divisions on the men's side competed, and the women's DII and DIII rumbled into their second weekend of play.

The newly formed Eastern DI kicked off its first women's test with the Albany Sirens hosting Philadelphia. After the teams were deadlocked at 5-5 after 50 minutes, Philadelphia scored four tries in the final 25 minutes to win 31-5. 

"We played a tough game last season against Albany and we knew that they were looking for a different result this time around," Philly captain Becca Fagan said. "We wanted to come out strong, play together as a team, and start out our season with a win."

"The key to Philly's success on Saturday was a solid defense, strong set pieces, and a dynamic game plan. Albany presented us with a number of challenges in the first half and, ultimately, we were able to adapt and change our gameplan, playing a strong and solid game from the first minute to the last."

In women's DII, Severn River dominated the D.C. Furies to record its second shutout in a row while the Chesapeake versus James River match was postponed. The DIII North began its season with Philadelphia and the South Devils each notching victories.

With the Norfolk at NOVA test postponed and Schuylkill River beating Baltimore-Chesapeake by two tries, Rocky Gorge took over first place in men's DI by rocking Pittsburgh, 38-14. The Harlequins took the early 7-0 lead but Gorge fought back with five tries for its second victory of the season.

"They were big and fit, but we have a good amount of experience as this team has been playing together since 2012," captain Josh Brown stated. "We knew they were big so we wanted to weather their storm in the first 25-30 minutes. They came out hard and heavy and swung it wide more than we were expecting. At the end of the day, we just played our style and cut out the penalties."

For the first weekend of men's DII, several teams made statements to start the fall. Doylestown and James put up 40 points on Old Gaelic and Washington, Philadelphia-Whitemarsh welcomed Phoenixville White Horse to DII with a 32-10 win, and Richmond and Lehigh Valley eked out close wins over Virginia and North Penn.

Lastly in the game to watch in DIII, the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Breakers came back in the last ten minutes to beat Reading 36-27. Wilkes-Barre scored the first 19 points but Reading responded by ripping off 27 straight. Raphael Verdetto's third try in the 70th minute finally gave the Breakers the lead and his fourth try at the buzzer put the final nail in the coffin.

It's been a friendly/fierce 40-year rivalry between the clubs and this game was no different. "The key to the match was steady and unselfish ball movement by our backline which was allowed by solid set piece and loose play rucks with the forwards," Breakers coach Jack Bukowski said. "After fixing our interior defensive issues, we were able to keep them out of the try area in the second half and come away with a gritty win."

Summing up the rest of DIII, the Washington Renegades, Western Suburbs, the Hibernians, Media, Brandywine, Jersey Shore, and Blackthorn were victorious in most team's first match of the season.

HOMESCOREAWAYSCORECONFERENCE
Schuylkill River Exiles36Baltimore-Chesapeake Brumbies22Men - DI
Rocky Gorge Rugby38Pittsburgh Harlequins14Men - DI
Northern Virginia RugbyPostponedNorfolk BluesPostponedMen - DI
Wilmington RugbyPostponedSouth Jersey DevilsPostponedMen - DII-North
Old Gaelic Rugby28Doylestown Dragons40Men - DII-North
North Penn Rugby7Lehigh Valley Hooligans17Men - DII-North
Philadelphia Whitemarsh Rugby32Phoenixville White Horse10Men - DII-North
Richmond Lions22Virginia Rugby7Men - DII-South
Washington Rugby24James River Rugby46Men - DII-South
Western Suburbs Rugby28Severn River Rugby20Men - DIII-Central
Washington Renegades17Northern Virginia Rugby D312Men - DIII-Central
Baltimore-Chesapeake Brumbies D3PostponedWest Potomac BeaversPostponedMen - DIII-Central
Frederick RugbyPostponedNorth Bay RugbyPostponedMen - DIII-Central
Hibernians Rugby53Happy Valley Barbarians24Men - DIII-North
Media Rugby31Harrisburg Rugby0Men - DIII-North
Reading Rugby27Wilkes-Barre Scranton Breakers36Men - DIII-North
Brandywine Rugby28Schuylkill River Exiles D327Men - DIII-North
Delmarva Rugby19Jersey Shore Sharks34Men - DIII-North
Philadelphia Gryphons20Blackthorn Rugby24Men - DIII-North
Virginia Beach FalconsPostponedRappahannock RugbyPostponedMen - DIII-South
Blacksburg RugbyPostponedRocktown RugbyPostponedMen - DIII-South
Roanoke RugbyPostponedBlackwater RugbyPostponedMen - DIII-South
Albany Sirens5Philadelphia Rugby31Women - Eastern DI
Chesapeake RugbyPostponedJames River RugbyPostponedWomen - DII-South
D.C. Furies D20Severn River Rugby51Women - DII-South
Lehigh Valley Rugby12Philadelphia Rugby D347Women - DIII-North
South Jersey Devils36York & Lancaster Thorns5Women - DIII-North