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Sunday, April 24, 2016

DI-A Down To Four, DI-AA Sets Finalists


Four of the top teams in the country remain in the DI-A playoff hunt while the DI-AA playoffs are down to two.

DI-A

Life 44-0 Davenport

Life let everyone know once again why they are considered the team to beat in DI-A. In fact, only BYU can claim to have the same level of dominance that Life has shown so far this year. The latest evidence of Life's strong play is a 44-0 blanking of Davenport in the quarterfinals. The match was relatively close at halftime, 18-0, but the long travel from San Diego and then to Atlanta seemed to catch up with Davenport in the second half.

Lindenwood 36-28 Indiana

There were some questions how Indiana would do given a higher level of opposition. Even though they weren't able to come away with a win they did impress in their 36-28 loss to Lindenwood. Brandon Chalker had two tries for for Lindenwood and Morgan Findlay added one as well. Indiana saw first half tries from Jake Hidalgo, Alex Dorrier, and Connor Marsh. The only difference in the half was Lindenwood making all three of their conversions while Indiana made two.

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The second half was tight as well. I there was an edge it was that Lindenwood has more experience in situations like this and was able to make the small plays happen at the right times. They scored two tries and a penalty in the second stanza with Indiana only adding a try.

The win for Lindenwood sets up a mouthwatering match against Life next week in Marietta. Life have had the edge against the Lions in recent years in the playoffs but the gap has been shrinking. Life will be favored in the match but the threat of an upset is there more than ever.

Utah 36-14 Arizona

When they played earlier in the year Arizona and Utah was a tight affair. Last Saturday's match was not as Utah ran out to a 36-14 win. Utah has played a lot of rugby since the meeting months ago and that seasoning seems to have really paid off. Arizona also had to go to Louisiana next week and the travel might have been a little too much.

Air Force 43-17 Cal Poly
St. Mary's 77-17 Air Force

When last weekend's match in Colorado Springs was cancelled due to snow and then moved to Moraga Air Force lost the edge of home field advantage. In the end they didn't need it as they beat Cal Poly 43-17. Unfortunately for Air Force that match might have taken too much out of them as they then slumped to a 77-17 loss to St. Mary's on Sunday. The Gaels looked as dominant as ever in their win and will host Utah next week.

DI-AA

Notre Dame College 24-14 AIC

Many, including ourselves, had AIC as the team to beat in the DI-AA playoffs. Well, Notre Dame College have beaten the team to beat and have advanced to the DI-AA final. Roneil Reynolds for NDC and Gavan D’Amore-Morrison for AIC traded tries early. Two penalties then put NDC up 11-7. Adrian Ray would give AIC the lead at 14-11 before Corey Graham scored a try to make it 18-14. Loan Weinstock would finish off the match with a couple of penalties for AIC.

To reach the regional final NDC beat Middle Tennesse State 38-7 while AIC beat James Madison 68-27.

UC-Davis 32-15 Arkansas 

UC-Davis advanced to defend their title with a 32-15 win over Arkansas. UC-Davis led 20-10 at halftime and were on control most of the way. They beat Sacramento State 38-5 in the quarterfinals while Arkansas beat Utah State 45-17.

The DI-AA final between UC-Davis and Notre Dame College will be on May 7th in Moraga. 

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