The final AUDL standings are set following the conclusion of regular season play this past weekend. In addition, with the final standings confirmed, the dates and opponents of the two Eastern Division playoff contests have been announced as well.
Here are the final 2017 Eastern Division Standings:
#1 Toronto Rush 11-3
#2 DC Breeze 10-4
#3 Montreal Royal 9-5
New York Empire 6-8
Philadelphia Phoenix 4-10
Ottawa Outlaws 2-12
2017 Eastern Division Playoff Schedule
Game 1: #3 Montreal Royal at #2 DC Breeze
Date: Friday Evening, August 11
First pull: 7:00pm ET
Location: Gallaudet University, Washington, DC
Game 2: Game 1 Winner at #1 Toronto Rush
Date: Sunday, August 13
First pull: 1:00pm ET
Location: Varsity Stadium, Toronto, Ontario
On Saturday the DC Breeze clinched no worse than the No. 2 seed in the playoffs with their 23-20 win over the Philadelphia Phoenix. With the Toronto Rush defeating the New York Empire by the score of 20-14 on Sunday, the Rush secured the top seed in the Divisional playoffs for the fifth season in a row.
This year, the only East Division season series the Breeze failed to win was the series against the Montréal Royal. Both teams won their respective home games, with Montréal getting the edge thanks to a +1 goal differential.
If the Breeze were to advance to the Eastern Division Championship, DC would play a team they beat twice in three tries this season. However, both the Rush and the Breeze won their respective home contests in this match up as well, the Breeze going 2-1 thanks to the two home games.
Montréal finished off their regular season with a 31-22 win over the Ottawa Outlaws on Sunday. No matter the result of that game, The Royal were destined to finish third in the playoff bracket after DC’s win in Philadelphia the previous evening. Montréal lost the season series against Toronto 2-1, but the Royal are the only East team to ever beat the Rush at Varsity Stadium, holding an impressive 2-4 record at the venue. The only other team to beat the Rush in Toronto were the San Jose Spiders, who took down the Rush in the 2014 AUDL Championship Game to win the title in front of Toronto’s home crowd that season.