May 4, 2017
Claremont Colleges Win 2017 NSCRO Men’s National Champions Cup
National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) Release: May 4, 2017
Medford, NJ 04 May 2017 – The Claremont Colleges who finished second last year left no doubt who the 2017 National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) National Champion is with a resounding 65-0 win over Tufts University at Infinity Park in Rugbytown USA, Glendale, CO on 30 April 2017.
It was a great match between Xavier University and Louisiana State University Alexandria for 3rd place but in the end, Xavier stood at the podium for 3rd place with a final score 32-17. Four teams (The Claremont Colleges, Tufts University, Xavier University and Louisiana State University Alexandria) arrived in Glendale, CO to a snowy field and 30 degree weather. While conditions on Saturday made for challenging semifinal matches and affected team strategies, it could not change the determination and intensity the players gave from start to finish. In the first semifinal match, Tufts held on to a slim win over LSUA, 17-15 while Claremont, determined to make another run for the title, kept Xavier off balance to win 22-12.
Clayton To of The Claremont Colleges was named MVP.
The 2017 NSCRO National Championship would not have been a success without the support of many people and companies, including but not limited to: The City of Glendale for hosting the event at Infinity Park, Michael Hoff, Manager of Stadium Operations and his staff; NSCRO VP Steve Hiatt and Director Mark Reilly; the Penn Mutual Life Insurance Co., NSCRO’s top sponsor; Rhino Rugby, the official equipment and ball supplier of NSCRO; USA Rugby-appointed referees, Lee Bryant and Lex Weiner; the Rocky Mountain RRS for providing assistant referees and technical zone managers; the broadcast production team led by Patrick Guthrie and Matt Brown; and, match commentators, Brian Vizard and Dallen Stanford.
We’d also like to thank USA Rugby for their recognition and support of NSCRO as an independent organization and working together with us for bettering the collegiate rugby experience for all.
A full report and scores will be available shortly on our website, www.nscro.org/mens-champions-cup.
About National Small College Rugby Organization
Since 2007, 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 135 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.
NSCRO is “The Home of Small College Rugby in America”.
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