The 2016 Atlantic North Conference playoffs featured a slate of New England based women's D1 and D2 clubs while NERFU men's D2 and D3 representatives faced off against Empire GU sides.
The weekend began with women's D2 regional semi-finals where Burlington overcame Portland. It was a close match, ending 19 to 17. Meanwhile, Providence defeated Hartford 43 to 22. Boston ladies topped Beantown 23 to 10 in the women's D1 regional final.
NERFU Men's sides in D2 and D3 were both defeated by Empire clubs. Mystic River Barbarians lost to Village Lions 37 to 19 and MIT fell short against Fairfield Yankees 45 to 7.
Three NERFU clubs now move on to USA Rugby quarter-finals, representing the Atlantic North Conference and competing for the USA Rugby Eastern League title. Women's D1 champs Boston and D2 champs Burlington will face off against rather fearsome-sounding clubs Raleigh Venom and Harrisburg Harlots respectively. Meanwhile Mystic River Men will square up against Metropolis Rugby for the men in D1.