Clayton To – The Claremont Colleges: MVP 2017 NSCRO Champions Cup

May 10, 2017

Clayton To – The Claremont Colleges: MVP 2017 NSCRO Champions Cup


Photo: Steve Oathout – (L) 2017 NSCRO Men’s 15s Champions Cup MVP, Clayton To of The Claremont Colleges with USA Rugby CEO, Dan Payne (Top Left) 2017 Champions Cup Heart & Soul Winners (LSUA not pictured) (Top Right) 2017 Champions Cup Most Impressive Tackler Winners (LSUA not pictured) (Bottom Right) All Championship XV Team (LSUA not pictured) 

National Small College Rugby Organization Release: May 10, 2017

Medford, NJ  10 May 2017 – Following the 2017 NSCRO Champions Cup National Championship at Infinity Park in Glendale, CO on 30 April 2017, Stephen Cohen, president of NSCRO, presented the following awards:

Most Valuable Player (best overall player during the event)
Clayton To, The Claremont Colleges

Heart & Soul Awards
NSCRO custom match ball is given to a player on each team who was been an inspiration and significant contributor to the club on and off the field. The match ball is signed by his teammates in appreciation of what he has meant to their club. The recipients were:

The Claremont Colleges – Frankie Reyis
Xavier University – Matt Flynn
Tufts University – Jed McKinney
Louisiana State University Alexandria – Eoin Keenan

Most Impressive Tackler Awards
A fit kit from NSCRO partner Impact Protection for a free custom mouthguard was presented to the player who tackled everything in sight. The recipients were:

The Claremont Colleges – Spencer Swensrud
Xavier University – Brett Moore
Tufts University – Henry Seidel
Louisiana State University Alexandria – Lukem Beaumont

NSCRO “All Championship XV”
NSCRO recognized the 15 “best” players by position. Each player received a custom NSCRO t-shirt courtesy of Rhino Rugby recognizing their selection. See the list below of the selected players.

MVP Clayton To The Claremont Colleges
1 – Prop Anthony Portelas Louisiana State University Alexandria
2 – Hooker Omar Rodriguez The Claremont colleges
3 – Prop Matt Flynn Xavier University
4 – 2nd Row Sean Pyne The Claremont Colleges
5 – 2nd Row Nick Urban The Claremont Colleges
6 – Back Row Kadis Simmons Louisiana State University Alexandria
7 – Back Row Clayton To The Claremont Colleges
8 – Back Row Jacob Garrell Tufts University
9 – Scrumhalf Rodrigo Mejias The Claremont Colleges
10 – Flyhalf Brendan MacDonald The Claremont Colleges
11 – Wing Spencer Swensrud The Claremont Colleges
12 – Center Lukem Beaumont Louisiana State University Alexandria
13 – Center Shane Pico The Claremont Colleges
14 – Wing Gator Adams The Claremont Colleges
15 – Full Danny Gresser Xavier University

Trophies were also given to each of the teams, along with medals for each of the players on the top three finishing teams (gold – first place, silver – second place, bronze – third place). All teams were also provided gift certificates, courtesy of Rhino Rugby ($500 – first place, $250 – second place, $150 – third place, $100 – fourth place).

Photos of the Heart & Soul and Most Impressive Tackler are available on our website,

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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