Who's Impressed In Men's Club D2 This Fall?

While there are still a number of teams that won't begin their D2 seasons until the spring, we still had plenty of action this fall across the Midwest, the Northeast, and the Middle Atlantic regions. 

Here are four teams that have put their hands up as contenders moving forward into the new year:

White Plains - Atlantic North: Empire Division

White Plains took home the Empire conference championship this fall after rattling off eight straight wins to end the season. 

Following an opening round loss to Buffalo, they caught fire and won six straight games heading into the conference semifinals against New York Rugby Club. 

They held off New York 31-26, setting up a rematch with Buffalo in the conference final. 

The second time around, White Plains jumped all over Buffalo, going up 29-0 before three second half tries pulled the final score to 29-15. 

White Plains will play the winner of the New England Rugby Football Union conference at time in the spring yet to be determined. 

Wisconsin Rugby Club - Midwest: West Division

Wisconsin wrapped up an undefeated conference season by taking down Green Bay in the Midwest semifinals and then the Pittsburgh Forge in the championship game. 

The semis against Green Bay could have been expected to be a close battle, given that Green Bay were 7-1 on the season and riding a four-game win streak, but WRC were having none of it. 

They jumped out to a 19-5 halftime lead en route to a comfortable 39-15 win against their in-state rivals. 

In the championship game, they faced East division winners Pittsburgh in a matchup of unbeaten teams. This one did turn out to be close. Very close. 

After jumping to a 17-6 first half advantage, WRC relinquished the lead and fell behind 20-17 with ten minutes remaining. They didn't panic, and managed to punch one in to take the lead back and eventually win, 22-20, claiming the title of Midwest Division 2 champions. 

Doylestown Dragons - Mid-Atlantic: North Division

The Dragons were oh-so-close to reaching the national title game a season ago, but an 81st minute try from Atlanta Old White crushed their hopes in the national semifinals. 

Rather than sit back and feel sorry for themselves, Doylestown seems to have taken the sting of that loss and use it as motivation in the new year. 

Through their first six conference games, the Dragons are 6-0 and atop the Mid-Atlantic North. They have scored 369 points and conceded just 81. 

With guys like Bruce Dolan and the Kornock brothers still around, Doylestown are once again looking like a strong DII national title contender. 

Wichita Barbarians - Frontier: Mid-America North Division

Like the Dragons, the Barbarians also fell just a game shy of the national championship last campaign. They'll wonder what could have been if not for a game-changing red card in their semifinal loss to Olympic Club.

This year though, the former D3 national champs have gotten off to a flying start in league play. Wichita sit atop the Mid-America North division with a 4-0-1 record through the first half of their schedule, compiling 223 points for and 77 against. 

They don't play another conference game until March 21, but that one will be a real tester and we'll see what they're made of when they host the Little Rock Stormers.

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