BY HUGH BROWN
The D-1A collegiate semifinals took place this past weekend. Life University edged Arkansas State 18-13 while St. Mary’s hammed Cal Poly 58-24. Life is now favored to win the D-1A championship as they took their rubber match from the No. 1-ranked Red Wolves on a wet pitch. Life led 13-3 at the half and led 18-8 when Arkansas State scored a late try.
In St. Mary’s victory the Gaels only led 17-10 at the half, but they blistered Cal Poly in the second as prop Nick Wallace scored three tries. Kingsley McGowan, who played outstanding for the U.S. All-American Juniors team last June in Murray in the Junior World Rugby Trophy. The talented McGowan is very talented and has a great story.
The D-1A championship match will be held in Greensboro, N.C., on May 18. It will be broadcasted live on ESPNU and ESPN3.com.
D-1AA SEMI’S THIS WEEKEND
The D-1AA college semi-finals will be played on Saturday, pitting Dartmouth against Central Florida and highly favored Lindenwood against Western Washington. The finals are scheduled for the next day, also at Bowling Green University in Ohio.
PROVO STEELERS OUT
The Provo Steelers traveled to Texas on May 4 to play the Dallas Harlequins. The winner would advance to the Sweet Sixteen of the National D-1 Men’s Club Rugby Championships on May 18. It would not be Provo this year, as Dallas destroyed the Steelers 56-10.