Tuesday, January 24, 2017

NSCRO Announced Championship Qualifiers

Press Release

Medford, NJ  24 January, 2017 - The 2017 National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) Men’s 7s National Championship will be held on June 3-4, 2017 in conjunction with the Penn Mutual CRC 7s at Talen Energy Park near Philadelphia. There will be eight Qualifier 7s tournaments to determine the eight teams that will vie for the Championship.

This will be NSCRO’s 5th year holding its Championship alongside the CRC 7s with our semifinals and final being played inside the stadium. The above photo shows the 2016 final between eventual champion New Mexico Highlands University facing off against St. Mary’s College of Maryland. NMHU, which won its second consecutive national championship, was led by Kevon Williams. Kevon now plays for the USA Eagle 7s National team. Read about his rise to success as well as other NSCRO players on our website.

The first NSCRO 7s QT was hosted by Santa Rosa JC on October 22, 2016 in Santa Rosa, CA. It was won by Solano Community College. The remaining Men's 7s Qualifying Tournaments are scheduled as follows:

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  • March 4 - Elon 7s hosted by Elon University in Elon, North Carolina. Contact is Ryan Bays at baysr@hotmail.com.
  • March 25 - St. Mary's 7s hosted by St. Mary's College in St. Mary's City, Maryland. Contact is Ivan Messi at iamessi@smcm.edu.
  • April 8 - East Penn 7s hosted by Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Contact is Jon Niles at jon.m.niles@gmail.com.
  • April 8 - Tulane 7s hosted by Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Contact is Matt Austin at meaustin@gmail.com.
  • April 8 - Foodbank 7s hosted by Plattsburgh State University in Plattsburgh, New York. Contact is Max Marie at mmari009@plattsburgh.edu.
  • April 22 - Winona 7s hosted Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota. Contact is Ryan Vargas at rvargas12@winona.edu.
  • April 22 - Grove City 7s hosted by Grove City College and the Pittsburgh Harlequins RFC at Founders Field near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Contact is Geoff Jordan at gjordan14@gmail.com.

For further information about NSCRO Men’s 7s go to http://www.nscro.org/mens7 as well as contact Howard Kent, NSCRO Men’s 7s Commissioner, at info@denversevensrugby.com.

About National Small College Rugby Organization

Since 2002, the National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) has been at the forefront of fostering and developing small college rugby programs in the United States. NSCRO is comprised of more than 240 men’s and 105 women’s colleges and universities who participate in more than 30 leagues for an opportunity compete on a national level and showcase their abilities to a broader and larger audience.

By focusing on small colleges and universities, we help bring these schools, their teams and players exposure outside of their conference/union while also giving them a chance at a national title and ranking. NSCRO provides a responsive national organization dedicated to small colleges and universities which has helped legitimize rugby in the eyes of school administrators. The increased visibility and recognition from NSCRO has led to better school support, greater on-campus interest in rugby and more alumni involvement.

Our goals are simple:

  • Foster the growth and development of men and women's small college rugby in the United States.
  • Provide top-level competition and promote high-level sportsmanship on and off the field.
  • Be a resource for small college rugby players, coaches, trainers and staff; and, offer a sense of community for NSCRO members.

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