For Immediate Release
April 18, 2011
MEN’S AND WOMEN’S DII COLLEGIATE SEMIFINALS FIELD SET
BOULDER, Colo. – The 2011 Emirates Airline USA Rugby Men’s and Women’s DII College Playoffs wrapped up Sunday with four men’s and four women’s teams emerging from the Round of 16 and Round of 8. Those teams will convene in Pittsburgh on April 30 to move one step closer to a DII College National Championship. The semifinals and Championship games will be played on April 30 – May 1 at Founders Field in Pittsburgh.
The women from Notre Dame beat Shippensburg University and Mesa State in the playoffs and will face Stonehill in the semifinals. Stonehill beat University of North Carolina – Charlotte and Winona State for a shot at a title.
In an absolute nail biter that went into overtime, Western Washington prevailed over George Washington and will storm into Pittsburgh in two weeks to take on Radcliffe College in the semis. Radcliffe defeated University of Wisconsin – La Crosse and Norwich University to qualify for the semis.
On the men’s side, Sierra College, Salisbury University, University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, and Middlebury College are bound for the DII College Semifinals on April 30.
University of Wisconsin – Whitewater defeated two California teams, Cal State – Fullerton and Cal Maritime, to earn a spot in the semis where they will face Sierra College. Sierra took care of Cal State – Long Beach and Pepperdine in the Round of 16 and Round of 8, respectively.
Middlebury and Salisbury square off in the other DII Men’s College semifinal. Middlebury beat St. Joseph’s University and University of South Florida on their path to the semis. Salisbury notched wins over Michigan State and East Carolina University in the playoffs.
The semifinals victors will advance to the National Championship game on May 1.