Boston, Life University, and San Francisco Golden Gate each won to qualify for the Super League semifinals, while Arkansas State and St. Mary's clinched College Premier Division quarterfinal berths.
Dropping a snowy 12-10 contest to the Chicago Lions, New York AC became first RSL champion to miss the following season's playoffs since 2000, when the Denver Barbarians fell from the 1999 title to 3-4 and 6th place in an 8-team conference. 2011's postseason has been cut in half, to 4 contenders, because the league has been reduced to 11 teams.
Unbeaten Life handled Old Blue 34-13 and 4-1 Boston downed the Chicago Griffins 32-27. Despite moving to 3-2, the Lions cannot catch the Beantowners; Boston would claim the tiebreak due to April 2's 24-22 head-to-head win, notable for the visitors' playing most of the contest shorthanded.
In the West, 5-0 San Francisco Golden Gate nabbed a home semifinal match with a 49-29 win over the Utah Warriors. Idle this past weekend, Old Puget Sound Beach (3-1) is in the driver's seat to win the second berth, and would sew up a trip to Treasure Island with a win over the Barbos this Saturday.
Reflecting the league's abbreviated schedule, Boston meets Life a second time on April 30, in a game that will settle the East title and home field for May 14's semis. The winner of that contest will host the league's May 20 finals.
In the college ranks, 5-0 Arkansas State rolled past Notre Dame 70-21, maintaining control of its playoff hopes, while 5-1 St. Mary's downed Central Washington 22-18 on the road, grabbing the Pacific's runnerup slot.
With two weeks to go in its debut campaign, 5 of the 8 CPD quarterfinalists are already locked in. At 31 teams and 7 games per division (save for the South), it looks to be too big to be competitive week in and week out.
Topped by BYU's +469, 8 of the 31 teams have cumulative points differentials of 97 or more; while 11 have scored 97 less than allowed, led by Wyoming's -283. By this conventional measure, less than 40 percent of the league regularly plays in matches determined by less than three tries: 97 points divided 5 matches equals 19.4, or two goals and a five-pointer.
(Cal and BYU, the 2 teams which have already played 6 matches, have been winning by considerably larger margins. Oklahama, which is -97, has played only 4 games.)
With a win next weekend over 2-2 Texas A&M, the Red Wolves will finish top of the South and host the Gaels on May 7. That would send 4-1 Life University, who fell 28-26 to Matt Huckaby's troops on April 2 but have nonetheless clinched a place in the quarters, to meet Pacific champ Cal (6-0, idle).
In the East, Army and Navy each moved to 5-0, having posted 57-15 and 27-10 wins over Ohio State and Dartmouth, respectively. The service academies meet at West Point on the final weekend of April, but first the Cadets host 4-1 Penn State, the only other team still in the divisional race, while the Midshipmen travel to 2-2 Delaware.
In the West, Brigham Young (6-0, idle) has already clinched a berth and does not play again until April 30's matchup against 4-1 Arizona State, a game that also impacts 4-1 Utah. Both ASU and Utah have a pair remaining, but where the Sun Devils meet 3-2 Air Force and then the Cougars, the Utes face Colorado State and Wyoming -- both winless to date.
The East champ hosts the West runnerup, while the Western winner welcomes the East's second-place team. The CPD's semifinals are set for May 14 in Denver, while the finals are May 21 in Salt Lake City.
In British Columbia's Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League quarterfinals, the University of British Columbia Old Boys downed Burnaby Lake 35-18, while the University of Victoria upset James Bay 41-26. UBCOB now meets Meraloma, while UVic tackles the top-seeded Castaway Wanderers.
British Columbia traditionally produces the lion's share of Canadian internationals, and given the Super League's truncation, the CDI looks to be North America's top senior circuit. For international fans, it is certainly the continent's best-reported league.