The College Premier Division's inaugural season is officially in the books. The cream has settled to the top, leaving just eight sides to battle for the national rugby crown.
Topping the table in the Pacific Conference is #1 California (24-0, 7-0) and #2 St Mary's (12-2, 6-1). California's Golden Bear's will host the Mid South #2 side, Life University (6-1, 5-1) at St Mary's home turf for a quarterfinal match on May 7. The Gaels will be away at the Mid South #1 venue to face Arkansas State (9-0, 6-0).
Winners of the two Pacific/Mid South quarterfinal matches will square off against one another in a semifinal match in Glendale, Colo. on May 14.
Glendale's other seminfinal match will pit the winners of the Western Conference/Rugby East Conference quarterfinals against one another for the right to move on the final at Sandy, Utah on May 21.
Army (7-0,7-0) won the top spot in the Rugby East Conference with Saturday's 34-27 win over Navy (7-3, 6-1). The Cadets host Utah (11-2, 6-1) for the quarterfinal while the Western Conference #1 side, BYU (12-0, 7-0), takes on the Midshipmen.
A dozen matches were contested in the final weekend of regular CPD play Saturday, including some notable upsets:
Kutztown (Rugby East #4) ground out a 31-10 victory over Dartmouth (#5)
Life University (Mid South #2) shut out Oklahoma (#7) 90-0
Penn State (Rugby East #3) edged Delaware (#6) 42-41
Notre Dame (Mid South #4) beat Tennnesee (#6) 34-5
LSU (Mid South #3) defeated Texas A&M (#4) 16-10
BYU (Western #1) put out the lights for Arizona State (#3) 80-0
Colorado State (Western #7) took out Wyoming (#8) 38-12
Cal Poly SLO (Pacific #4) trounced Claremont (#8) 51-31
Central Washington (Pacific #3) capped its season with a 36-27 victory over San Diego State (#4)
Army (Rugby East #1) shook off Navy (#2) 34-27
Arizona (Western #5) upended Air Force (#4) 35-29
Ohio State (Rugby East #7) doubled up on Rutgers (#8) 45-22