The Northern Lights Conference is pleased to announce their commitment to joining the new NSCRO Open Division for its men’s and women’s D2 clubs beginning in Fall 2020. The Northern Lights Conference was formed in 2012 as the collegiate arm of the Minnesota Rugby Union. It includes 31 men’s and women’s teams competing at both the Small College and Division 2 levels.
This decision was overwhelmingly supported by a vote of collegiate membership after a task force, appointed by the Minnesota Union, engaged and interviewed multiple organizations in order to present side-by-side comparisons of their offerings at a collegiate meeting earlier this week.
“Our task force was committed to doing our due diligence and presenting all options to our teams as objectively as possible. In the end, NSCRO stood out as the organization with the most comprehensive plan that would allow our teams to play on a competitive national pathway without significant disruption in our seasonality or hybrid format” said Greg White, Men’s Commissioner. “The move to NSCRO is the best fit for all of our teams at this time”, Women’s Commissioner Rachel Hill adds, “We are excited where this move will take us.”
The Northern Lights membership includes:
Men’s Division 2 Women’s Division 2
Minnesota State University Mankato Minnesota State University Mankato
Minnesota State University Moorhead University of Minnesota Duluth
North Dakota State University North Dakota State University
South Dakota State University St. Cloud State University
St. Cloud State University University of North Dakota
University of North Dakota Winona State University
Winona State University
Men’s Small College Division Women’s Small College Division
Bemidji State University Bemidji State University
Carleton College Carleton College
Gustavus Adolphus College Gustavus Adolphus College
Macalester College Macalester College
St. John’s University College of Saint Benedict
St. Olaf College St. Olaf College
College of St. Scholastica College of St. Scholastica
University of St. Thomas Minnesota State University Moorhead
Southwest State University (Dev)
University of Minnesota Morris (Dev)
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