April 7 - The penultimate round of qualifying for the Collegiate Rugby Championship is upon us with a smattering of tournaments across the country on Easter weekend. From Massachusetts to California, teams will be vying for a total of seven bids to the CRC across five divisions.
In San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly is hosting the West Coast Conference Qualifier for women’s Division II, with teams such as St. Mary’s, Cal Poly and Sacramento State looking for a bid to National 7s.
The Lonestar 7s Series comes to a close Saturday with a third and final stop at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, qualifying teams for both Women’s Division I and II at National 7s in Maryland.
On the men’s side, all the qualifiers are for the 18-team Small College field. The Northwest Collegiate Rugby Conference will crown its champion this weekend at Western Oregon University. The host Wolves already punched their ticket last weekend at Cal Maritime, so someone else will leave Monmouth with a bid.
The Irish Cultural Center in Canton, Massachusetts is playing host to the Northeast Small College Regional, with six different conferences pouring into this automatic qualifier – NERFU, Colonial Coast, New England Wide, Lake Effect, Tri-State and Upstate.
In men’s Division I, the second of three stops on the Mid-Atlantic Rugby Conference series is at the University of Delaware Saturday. The Blue Hens are hoping to improve on their second-place performance last week at the series opener at Rowan, where James Madison finished first and the host Profs third. The series wraps up next week at West Chester, with the champion punching its ticket to the CRC.