Mid-Atlantic Recap: Drama Across All Divisions

The Mid-Atlantic was well and truly in full swing this weekend, with every division seeing some action.

Every division of the Mid-Atlantic took to the rugby pitch on Saturday as a tie, a domination, a last minute comeback, a championship rematch, and a 100-point blowout highlighted week three's action. All four divisions of the men and three divisions of women competed in a total of 36 matches in the region.

The surprise in Men's DI was the Potomac Exiles' 19-19 tie against the Norfolk Blues on the road. After losing both matches last season to the Blues, Potomac jumped up to a 19-5 lead before Norfolk mounted its comeback bid.

"Potomac plays an aggressive game and attempts to get you to play that same style," Norfolk's Chris Porter said. "The second half we regained our composure and stuck to our plan. We were able to pull the game even with a chance to win it in the end. Jake [Humphrey]'s penalty kick just fell short at the whistle. The boys showed a ton of heart at the end and I am very proud of how they finished the match."

In Women's DI, Philadelphia ripped off its second straight victory with a dominant, hard-hitting 64-7 home win versus Boston. It was a total team effort as seven players found the tryzone.

"We came out striking from the first minute of the game on Saturday," captain Becca Fagan stated. "We wanted to shut down any attacks early and fast so we focused on creating a strong defensive front, and then worked to keep the ball in hand as much as possible. Once we dotted down the first try, we knew we had to keep pushing."

A thriller in Men's DII saw the Richmond Lions come back from a 26-point deficit to beat Raleigh 39-38 on a Geronimo Guzman penalty in the 77th minute. Brandon Granger and Joseph Forkins scored hat tricks in the win, but Guzman got the glory with the game-winner.

"We started chipping away in the second half and the next thing you know, we were down eight with seven minutes left," Richmond coach Ben Morgan said. "We started building pressure, worked our way down, and scored an unconverted try. We were then down by two, built pressure again, and they got a yellow card. We kicked the penalty and were able to run it out."

In the rematch of last season's Women's DII Championship, Harrisburg repeated history with a 21-5 defeat of Doylestown. Although the squad is still working out the kinks, Harrisburg coach Scott Stratton was encouraged the play of his impact reserves.

"It was nice to sub in six forwards and not miss a beat," Stratton said. "To be able to continue what we were doing with the bench in, it is important if we want to go far in the playoffs and compete on a bigger stage. It is big thing to focus on to make sure we are developing all of our players, not just the starting 15. That is our biggest accomplishment of the last two games."

Lastly, in Women's DIII, the South Jersey Devils reached the century mark against Lehigh Valley. Eighteen tries were dotted down in the 100-0 win with Jenelle Fuller leading the way with six.


Weekend Results:

Pittsburgh Harlequins36Schuylkill River Exiles15Men - DI
Norfolk Blues19Potomac Exiles19Men - DI
Washington Irish33Northern Virginia Rugby15Men - DI
Phoenixville White Horse13North Penn Rugby12Men - DII-North
South Jersey Devils29Doylestown Dragons47Men - DII-North
Old Gaelic Rugby60Lehigh Valley Hooligans20Men - DII-North
Wilmington Rugby30Lancaster Roses37Men - DII-North
Virginia Rugby40Washington Rugby15Men - DII-South
Raleigh Vipers38Richmond Lions39Men - DII-South
Severn River Rugby47Frederick Rugby10Men - DIII-Central
Virginia Griffins24Rocky Gorge Rugby D350Men - DIII-Central
West Potomac Beavers26Washington Renegades19Men - DIII-Central
Washington Irish D326Northern Virginia Rugby D333Men - DIII-Central
Hibernians Rugby10Media Rugby27Men - DIII-North
Harrisburg Rugby15Wilkes-Barre Scranton Breakers55Men - DIII-North
Happy Valley Barbarians10Reading Rugby78Men - DIII-North
Jersey Shore Sharks57Philadelphia Gryphons7Men - DIII-North
Schuylkill River Exiles D30Northeast Philadelphia Irish67Men - DIII-North
Delmarva Rugby10Brandywine Rugby38Men - DIII-North
Norfolk Blues D30Virginia Beach Falcons40Men - DIII-South
Rappahannock Rugby42Newport News Mariners47Men - DIII-South
Blackwater Rugby17Blacksburg Rugby7Men - DIII-South
Rocktown Rugby17Roanoke Rugby46Men - DIII-South
Patuxent River Rugby5Washington Renegades D420Men - DIV
Prince William County Rugby56North Bay Rugby D422Men - DIV
Phoenixville White Horse75Washington Scandals0Men - DIV
Western Suburbs Rugby D467Baltimore Flamingos10Men - DIV
Philadelphia Rugby64Boston Rugby7Women - DI-East
Harrisburg Rugby21Doylestown Dragons5Women - DII-North
Phoenixville White Horse62Brandywine Riot26Women - DII-North
Severn River Rugby50Chesapeake Rugby24Women - DII-South
Norfolk Storm67D.C. Furies D25Women - DII-South
Philadelphia Rugby D335York & Lancaster Thorns33Women - DIII-North
Lehigh Valley Rugby0South Jersey Devils100Women - DIII-North
Patuxent River RugbyForfeitFrederick RugbyWinWomen - DIII-South
Rappahannock Rugby19Maryland Stingers38Women - DIII-South