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Top-Ranked DII Team Upset

Saturday Apr 18, 2009 in Amateur Competitions Division II Colleges

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April 18, 2009 – The ERugbyNews DII men’s college rankings took a couple of beatings this weekend during the national playoffs in Sanford, Fla. Friday and Saturday.

Top-ranked Cal Maritime lost in the quarterfinals Saturday 20-17 to Georgetown. The 19th-ranked Hoyas have benefited greatly from an influx of outstanding and experienced young talent, but it was still a surprise as Cal Maritime had won impressively as season long.

The Hoyas are now in the national semis.

Seventh-ranked Arizona State defeated #4 Utah Valley University 44-22. Arizona State was superb in the way they controlled possession and kept to their pattern. Head coach gary Lane noted that ERugbyNews had implied ASU wasn’t physical enough. They were plenty physical Saturday. Ryan Thompson led a strong effort in midfield and flanker Travis Hughes put in a full and honest day’s work.

Lock forward Tim Buchanan unveiled a wide skill set and set up and scored several tries.

”We don’t have a lot of size but we have a lot of pride,” said Buchanan. “We’ve been working hard on committing to our way of playing as a team. I think it was a real team effort.”

ASU was fit and bottled up Utah Valley’s danger men effectively.

Wisconsin – ranked #5 – edged #6 Salisbury 19-17 in a scoreline that went perfectly with the rankings.

And #3 Miami of Ohio hammered Northern Colorado (#9) 50-7 in a quarterfinal matchup to make the Big Four. Middlebury (#2) beat Humboldt State (#22) 37-13. Almost the same score, 37-14, saw #8 South Florida down #12 Colorado School of Mines.

On Sunday #5 Wisconsin faces #7 Arizona State and #2 Middlebury plays #8 South Florida, both in quarterfinal games.

- Alex Goff © www.erugbynews.com

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