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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

DI East Coast, Midwest Recap


With the DI season heating up this week's recap is split into east and west.

Mid-Atlantic

After a soft start to the spring season two weekends ago the Mid-Atlantic was in full-swing last weekend. Rocky Gorge were the dominant team all fall but they were made to sweat by the Pittsburgh Harlequins only coming away with a 31-29 lead. Even if they would have lost Rocky Gorge have a nearly insurmountable lead and will almost certainly be the top seed in the Mid-Atlantic playoffs.

Rocky Gorge got off to a good start in the match when Chris Kunkel scored less than ten minutes in and Eagle Ben Cima converted. However, ten minutes later Pittsburgh did the same to even up the score. The match continued to yo-yo with tries for each team on either side of the half. The continued throughout the half with Rocky Gorge going up 21-12 before Pittsburgh scored a try and a penalty to take a 22-21 lead. Rocky Gorge regained the lead with a penalty but a late try from Pittsburgh looked to have given them the win. Unfortunately for them and fortunately for Rocky Gorge John-Eric Bell would score a try and Matias Cima would convert for the win.

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Despite the loss the Harlequins sit in second place three points ahead of Schuylkill River but having played one more match. For their part Schuylkill River beat Wilmington 54-17. The Norfolk Blues are fourth in the division. They had the weekend off. The only other team with a realistic chance at the playoffs are the Potomac Exiles. They helped their chances with a 43-27 win over the Baltimore-Chesapeake Brumbies.

Atlantic North

The Atlantic North saw NYAC continue to roll with a big 85-7 win over the Boston Irish Wolfhounds.

Midwest

The Midwest remains a logjam at the top with a series of close results. Columbus hold a narrow two point lead over Metropolis at the top of the table and with a game in hand. They used a late try from Taylor Howden to beat the Chicago Lions 31-29. The loss puts the Lions in fourth place but only seven points behind Columbus, two behind the third place Griffins, and five behind Metropolis. The Lions have a game in hand on each of the Griffins and Metropolis.

Both Metropolis and the Griffins suffered defeats over the weekend. Metropolis lost to Palmer 23-19 and the Griffins lost to the Kansas City Blues 41-22. The win was a big boost for Kansas City who haven't had the same form as last season. The Blues sit five points behind the Lions for fourth place. The Cincinnati Wolfhounds sit in fifth place just one point behind the Lions. They were narrowly beaten but Milwaukee 32-31.

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