College Playoffs Start Today

Via USA Rugby:

USA Rugby’s Division I & II College Playoffs Set to Begin
BOULDER, Colo. – Forty-eight of the nation’s best Division I and Division II men’s and women’s college rugby teams will compete in the USA Rugby College Playoffs, April 20-22. The teams in contention are set to meet at one of four locations across the U.S. for the opportunity to advance through the first two rounds of their respective championship brackets. USA Rugby’s DI and DII Men’s and Women’s College Championships will host the winners from this weekend’s event and are set to be held on May 4-5 at Stanford, Calif.

The DI men’s and women’s college tournament follows a standard 16 team format with four pools of four teams each, while the DII men’s and women’s tournament goes by an eight team format with two pools of four teams each. Each year the Competitions Committee reviews the results of the previous year’s championship event and seeds and allocates the field for the following year. All seven of USA Rugby’s territories see representation at this highly anticipated collegiate rugby tournament.

The 2007 USA Rugby Championship season officially kicks off at noon on Friday, April 20, at the University of California – Berkeley, when Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Rugby Club will meet the University of Minnesota in the first official match of the tournament. The University of California’s Witter Rugby Field plays host to the Division I Men’s Pool A (University of California, San Diego State University, University of New Mexico and Harvard) and Pool B (Brigham Young University, Cal Poly SLO, University of Wyoming and University of Minnesota) action.

Penn State University is the other location that will start its event on Friday. PSU hosts both the DI Men’s and Women’s playoffs and starts at 5:30 p.m. on Friday night when Tennessee plays Penn State in Men’s Pool C action. Following that match up, Utah will take on Purdue, while Pool D’s Clemson takes on Navy and Army meets St Mary’s.

The University of California is again the team to beat in this year’s DI men’s brackets, as they try to make 2007 their fourth National Championship win in a row. However, this year sees five new teams brought into the top-16 with the Harvard replacing Dartmouth in the Northeast’s second slot, San Diego State University making a name for itself as a representative of the Southern California territory, St. Mary’s College snagging one of the Pacific spots, the University of Minnesota taking Ohio State University’s position and the University of New Mexico squeezing in for the West as the No. 16 seed.

On Saturday, the DI women’s tournament action starts with Pool B’s Ohio State University facing Penn State on PSU’s home field at 9 a.m. Army plays Chico State to round out the Pool B matchups, while Pool C, which includes the U.S. Naval Academy versus Brown and UC Santa Barbara versus the University of New Mexico, will also be played out at Penn State. Pool A (West Chester University, Clemson University, Stanford University and Texas A & M) and Pool D (Appalachian State University, University of Northern Iowa, Virginia and UC Davis) will also battle it out on Saturday but at the University of Florida’s Southwest Recreational fields. Top-ranked Stanford University is again the team to beat in this women’s division, although the No. 2 seeded Penn State undoubtedly looks to find its way to Championships.

In Division II action, both the men’s and women’s collegiate playoff action takes place in sunny Sanford, Fla., just 20 miles north of Orlando. The round of eight kicks off on Saturday morning with Pool A’s top-ranked U.C. Santa Cruz meeting the No. 8 College of Charleston on the women’s side. The University of Arizona and Bowdoin continue the women’s play, while the top-seeded U.S. Coast Guard Academy takes on the University of Northern Iowa, and Arkansas State University matches up against Loyola in the men’s bracket. Later in the day, Humboldt State University will face Salisbury, while Middlebury College will take on the University of Northern Colorado in Pool B Men’s action, and the women’s Iowa State University team will face off against Mary Washington, while Western Oregon meets Norwich.

USA Rugby has requested all of its playoff hosts to hold a moment of silence before each of the day’s first matches as our thoughts go out to the family, friends and colleagues of the victims from Virginia Tech.

For more information on the DI/DII Men’s Collegiate Playoffs, please visit http://www.usarugby.org/goto/mens_collegiate and for the DI/DII Women’s Collegiate Playoffs, go to http://www.usarugby.org/goto/womens_collegiate.

MATCH SCHEDULE:
University of California – Division I Men
Friday, April 20
12:00 pm: (Pool B) Cal Poly SLO vs. University of Minnesota
2:00 pm: (Pool B) University of Wyoming vs. BYU

Saturday, April 21
10:00 am: (Pool A) Cal v University of New Mexico
12:00 pm: (Pool A) San Diego State v Harvard
2:00 pm: Pool B Consolation Bracket
4:00 pm: Pool B Championship Bracket

Sunday, April 22
12:00 pm: Pool A Consolation Bracket
2:00 pm: Pool A Championship Bracket

Penn State University – Division I Men
Friday, April 20
5:30 pm: (Pool C) University of Tennessee v Penn State University
6:00 pm: (Pool C) University of Utah v Purdue University
7:30 pm: (Pool D) Clemson University v U.S. Naval Academy
8:00 pm: (Pool D) Army v St. Mary’s

Saturday, April 21
4:00 pm: Pool C Consolation Bracket
4:30 pm: Pool D Consolation Bracket
6:00 pm: Pool C Championship Bracket
6:30 pm: Pool D Championship Bracket

University of Florida – Division I Women
Saturday, April 21
10:00 am: (Pool D) Appalachian State v University of Northern Iowa
10:30 am: (Pool D) Virginia v UC Davis
12:00 pm: (Pool A) West Chester v Clemson University
12:30 pm: (Pool A) Stanford v Texas A & M

Sunday, April 22
10:00 am: Pool D Consolation Bracket
10:30 am: Pool A Consolation Bracket
12:00 pm: Pool D Championship Bracket
12:30 pm: Pool A Championship Bracket

Penn State University – Division I Women
Saturday, April 21
9:00 am: (Pool B) Ohio State v Penn State
9:30 am: (Pool B) Army v Chico State
11:00 am: (Pool C) U.S. Naval Academy v Brown
11:30 am: (Pool C) UC Santa Barbara v University of New Mexico

Sunday, April 22
9:00 am: Pool B Consolation Bracket
9:30 am: Pool B Championship Bracket
11:00 am: Pool C Consolation Bracket
11:30 am: Pool C Championship Bracket

Sanford, Fla. – Division II Men
Saturday, April 21
11:00 am: (Pool A) U.S. Coast Guard Academy v University of Northern Iowa
11:30 am: (Pool A) Arkansas State University v So Cal #1
3:00 pm: (Pool B) Middlebury College v University of Northern Colorado
3:30 pm: (Pool B) Humboldt State University v Salisbury

Sunday, April 22
11:00 am: Pool A Consolation Bracket
11:30 am: Pool B Consolation Bracket
3:00 pm: Pool A Championship Bracket
3:30 pm: Pool B Championship Bracket

Sanford, Fla. – Division II Women
Saturday, April 21
9:00 am: (Pool A) UC Santa Cruz v College of Charleston
9:30 am: (Pool A) University of Arizona v Bowdoin
1:00 pm: (Pool B) Mary Washington v Iowa State University
1:30 pm: (Pool B) Western Oregon v Norwich

Sunday, April 22
9:00 am: Pool B Consolation Bracket
9:30 am: Pool A Consolation Bracket
1:00 pm: Pool B Championship Bracket
1:30 pm: Pool A Championship Bracket

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3 responses to “College Playoffs Start Today

  1. KLK

    Sanford was a riot, for once there was some decent weather. Grats to the final four in D1; Stanford, New Mexico, Penn State, and Davis. DII winners included us (UCSC) and Iowa State. So we’re going back to Cali Cali!

  2. Scott

    i hear the final four d1 women’s will be televised. anyone know when and which espn?

    rooting for unm to go all the way!

    cheers,
    scott

  3. KLK

    its usually on cstv

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