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Through our relationship with Ultiworld, MLU will begin to bring you our weekly College Update. With so many of MLU’s young and future players competing in the college ranks, Ultiworld has provided us with the oppurtunity to keep fans up to date on the college season.
#22 Michigan Headed To Easterns
Aside from a slow start against Penn, Michigan went largely unchallenged at the 2016 Easterns Qualifier and defeated Brown 15-10 in the final to claim the final berth to Easterns, one of the country’s most important regular season tournaments.
That sets up Easterns for a very impressive field featuring six of the top 10 teams in the country as well as 16 of the top 25.
Cal Poly SLO Rallies Late To Earn Stanford Spot
Cal Poly SLO has been the most impressive Southwest team this season other than #16 Stanford. They’ve turned that into a shot at the elite teams in March.
SLOCORE defeated Oregon State 12-10 in the Stanford Open final with a five point rally to close out the game as they battled back from a three point deficit. With the win, they earned a bid to the Stanford Invite — the first elite mid-season tournament — in two weeks.
Will SLO be able to bring their best effort north to Fremont? They have had a grueling tournament schedule over the last few weeks.
No new rankings this week. Michigan should hold steady after an expectations-level performance at EQ. Cal Poly SLO will remain just outside the top 25.
Less than two weeks: Stanford Invite is hotly anticipated this season with our first look at teams in midseason form and titans like #2 UMass and #3 Oregon set to go head to head.
UC-Davis Claims Coveted Stanford Invite Spot
With three ranked teams in the field, the Stanford Open was better than your average qualifier. #25 UC-Davis went undefeated, including a strong 14-12 victory over the #21 Cal in the final. Rogue is back to back champion of the Stanford Open.
No new rankings this week, but expect UC-Davis to move up.
This weekend: A busy one with eight tournaments, highlighted by Commonwealth Cup, featuring #7 Pittsburgh, #9 Michigan, #16 Virginia, and #20 UNC-Wilmington, as well as solid competitors who could fight their way into the rankings, like Delaware, Penn State, and UNC.
Next weekend: Stanford Invite is the headliner, bringing together a competitive field, featuring most of the top 10 and giving us our first look at how the east stacks up against the west.
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