Two out of the three NERFU clubs at the USA Rugby Eastern Regionals are through to final four. Both Beantown (Women's Division 1) and Mystic River (Men's Division 1) won their matches today and have advanced onto the club championship semi-finals.
NERFU clubs were competing in three of the five possible slots allotted to the Atlantic North region in the national play-offs. While Beantown took the lead early and never looked back, Mystic had to mount an epic comeback (full match report below) to win their match.
In today's third match involving a NERFU club, Burlington despite scoring first, eventually bowed out of the Women's Division 2 quarter-finals when their second-half comeback efforts fell short.
Today's final scores from the Eastern Regionals:
Burlington 15-26 Wisconsin
Beantown 25-13 Chicago North Shore
Mystic River 25-24 Kansas City
Beantown will face Pittsburgh on Sunday while NYAC is up next for Mystic River. We congratulate both clubs for making it to the Division 1 Final Four and wish them good luck in their semifinal matches. A win tomorrow for either club will put them in the championship final in Colorado.
Burlington Rugby also deserves well-earned thanks for representing our union so strongly this year in Women's Club Division 2.
Mystic River vs Kansas City Match Report:
Last minute heroics from Mystic River sees the team through to the semi-finals of the USA Rugby Men's Division 1 Championship. Mystic appeared to be in trouble as Kansas City Blues scored two quick tries to start the second half and open up a 14 point lead. But Mystic fought back and in the dying moments of the game, Evin O'Driscoll slipped over for a try. Mike Armstrong calmly hit the conversion for the one point win as time was close to expiring for the comeback win, in a game dubbed "epic" by Mystic River's coach Josh Smith.
In the other Men's Division 1 quarter final, NYAC easily dispatched Potomac Exiles, winning 50-17, with NYAC crossing for eight tries. Mystic River and NYAC will face off at 4pm Sunday with a place in the Championship game at stake. It will be the first competitive meeting between the two sides since they met two years ago in the Northeast Division 1.