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2019 NSCRO Challenge Cup Champions, Azusa Pacific University

Azusa Pacific University - 2019 NSCRO Challenge Cup National Champions


NSCRO is pleased to announce that the 2020 National Championship will take place at St. Mary's College in Moraga, CA on April 24 to 26. It will be hosted by D1A Rugby in conjunction with their semifinal playoff match on April 25.

The expected schedule is:
Friday April 24
3pm - Champions Cup Semifinal
5pm - Champions Cup Semifinal

Saturday April  25
11am - Challenge Cup Semifinal
1pm - Challenge Cup Semifinal
Reception and D1A match is required attendance by ALL NSCRO teams.

3pm - VIP Reception (meal and drinks)* - no cost to NSCRO teams!
5pm - D1A Semifinal - no cost to NSCRO teams!
*There will be a limited number of VIP tickets - sold in advance - available for fans including admission to all NSCRO matches, Reception, and D1A Semifinal match.

Sunday April 26
9am - Champions Cup 3rd Place
11am - Challenge Cup 3rd Place
1pm - Champions Cup 1st Place followed by Awards Ceremony
3:15pm - Challenge Cup 1st Place followed by Awards Ceremony

All matches will be live streamed for free to our fans who cannot attend the event in person.

Additional details including discounted hotels will be made know as soon as possible.

2019-20 NSCRO Playoffs

NSCRO has selected the hosts for the Northeast Region 1, Mid-Atlantic Region 2 and Central Region 3 Championships. The selection process for the Spring playoffs and National Championship is underway.


The Central Region Championships for both the Challenge Cup and Champions Cup will be hosted by the City of Columbia (MO) and the Columbia RFC on 9-10 November 2019 at the Scott Boulevard Fields located at 3662 Scott Boulevard, Columbia, MO.

The Challenge Cup Mid-Atlantic Region Championship will be hosted by the Raleigh Rugby Football Club on 16-17 November 2019 at the Poole Road Rugby Complex located at 7417 Poole Road, Raleigh, NC.

The Northeast Region Championships for both the Challenge Cup and Champions Cup will be hosted by Siena College on 23-24 November 2019 located at 515 Loudon Road, Loudonville, NY.



The field is set for the Northeast Region Championship at on Nov. 23-24 at Siena College in Loudonville, NY.  Three teams are making their first appearance in an NSCRO Region Championship...they are Wentworth Tech (Boston, MA), SUNY Maritime (Bronx, NY), and SUNY Geneseo (Geneseo, NY). The University of New Haven (New Haven, CT) is making their second appearance after winning this event 2 years and finishing 3rd at Nationals. Please see the Welcome Packet below for event details including location and schedule.

Wentworth 36 - SUNY Geneseo 14
New Haven 27 - SUNY Maritime 17
Wentworth 17 - New Haven 10
Wentworth Institute of Technology advances to the NSCRO National Championship on April 25 and 26, 2020. Venue to be announced

Wentworth Institute of Technology - 2019 Challenge Cup Northeast Region Champion.


The Region Championship field is set for Nov. 16-17 at the home field of the Raleigh RFC with 1 returnee and 3 newcomers to the NSCRO playoffs. The newcomers are Emory & Henry College (Emory, VA), College of Charleston (Charleston, SC) and Hampden-Sydney (Hampden-Sydney, VA). The fourth side is Widener University (Chester, PA) who finished 4th in the inaugural NSCRO National Championship in 2008. Please see below for the Welcome Packet with event details including location and schedule.

Hampden-Sydney 75 - Widener 24
Charleston 24 - Emory & Henry 19
Charleston 27 - Hampden-Sydney 24
The College of Charleston advances to the NSCRO National Championship on April 25 and 26, 2020. Venue to be announced

College of Charleston - 2019 Challenge Cup Mid-Atlantic Region Champion. Photo courtesy of Karl Berwyn.

Central Region

This year's Challenge Cup Regional finds two first-timers to an NSCRO Region Championship. Lee University (Dixie Conference) and California University of Pennsylvania (Three Rivers Conference). Wayne State College (Mid-America RFU) marks its return after defeating the College of St. Scholastica 45-19 in the Great Plains Cup qualifier on Nov. 3. The 2018 Region Champion, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, marks its return after finishing 3rd at the 2019 National Championship. See Welcome Packet below for event details including schedule, accommodations, etc.

Wayne State 45 - Lee 19
UWSP 57 - California Univ of PA 15
UWSP 73 - Wayne State 15
The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point advances to the NSCRO National Championship on April 25 and 26, 2020. Venue to be announced.

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point - 2019 Challenge Cup Central Region Champion. Photo courtesy of Sean Cox.


On April 4-5, the PacWest Region Championship will be held at the Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Arizona.   To date Oregon Institute of Technology from the Northwest CRC is the lone qualifying team. Teams from the Gold Coast, NorCal, Frontier and Inter-Mountain West Conferences will be vying for the other 3 places this Spring based on league results.


The National Championship will take place on April 25-26 at a location to be announced,

All matches will be live streamed for free on the NSCRO YouTube Channel.

When the details are set we will issue a Welcome Packet with the schedule and event details.

2018-19 PLAYOFFS


The Championship field is set with as last year's runnerup Washington & Lee University (Cardinals CRC) makes a return with 3 first-timers - LaSalle University (Mid-Atlantic RC) and Niagara University (Upstate Small CRC).  W&L will face LaSalle in one semifinal while Niagara will be matched against UMass-Dartmouth. UMD defeated Keene State College 80 to 5 to in the East Coast Qualifier to earn its place.

Semifinal - W&L 83 - LaSalle 22
Semifinal - UMD 42 - Niagara 12
Final - W&L 85 - UMD 5

Congratulations to Washington & Lee University on earning a place in the 2019 National Championship set for April 27-28, 2019.

Washington and Lee University - 2018 East Coast Champion. Photo courtesy of Jeff Alascio.


In the West Region Championship match, host Minnesota State University Moorhead came from behind to defeat Wayne State College 32-22 and earn their first trip to the National Championship.

Minnesota State University Moorhead - 2019 West Champion. Photo courtesy of Laurel Hoseth.


The Region Championship will feature Humboldt State University (NorCal), Azusa Pacific University (Gold Coast), Central Oregon CC and Western Oregon University (Northwest) on March 30-31.

Semifinal - Humboldt 27 - COCC 17
Semifinal - APU 29 - WOU 21

Third Place - WOU 49 - COCC 7
Final - APU 25 - Humboldt 5

Congratulations to Azusa Pacific University on earning a place in the 2019 National Championship set for April 27-28, 2019.

Azusa Pacific University - 2019 Pacific Coast Region Champions. Photo courtesy of Back Light Productions.


University of New Haven - 2017 East Coast Region Champion

John Carroll University - 2017 Central Region Champion

Wayne State College - 2018 West Region Champion

MiraCosta College - 2018 Pacific Coast Region Champion

"NSCRO has done a tremendous job for schools like Christopher Newport University and us.  There is such a separation between levels and it's great for more teams to have post season opportunities.  W&L has 800 men and with varsity sports that comes down to 600 men to make up our team.  NSCRO and the Challenge Cup has meant a lot to our alumni, fans, school and players.  All have been much more excited about what's happening with our club.  The school recently removed two fields to make way for more housing so field space has been a real issue this Spring.  Having a post season like the Challenge Cup has helped get us field space and kept practice attendance up.  Thanks again for everything."

~John Welsh, Washington & Lee University Head Coach

"Even though the rugby club at Pacific has been around since 1908, this is the first time that the club has achieved such success and it has greatly increased awareness both on campus and off. Attendance at home games was doubled this year and both on campus groups and alumni have been very supportive. Financial support from the school for travel has been very generous and fundraising has been more profitable than usual due to our greater exposure."

~Kreg Nelson, University of the Pacific, Head Coach

"With our club making it to the NSCRO Challenge Cup National Championship it has brought lots of excitement to our campus and opened many students eyes to the great sport of rugby. We have also had a tremendous increase in support from our alumni and the community here in Greeley. We have received the support of a few companies from the Denver area to help fund the trip to Nationals. The excitement created by our recent success should ensure that UNC Rugby will continue to grow and improve over the next couple seasons!"

~ Erik Smith, University of Northern Colorado, Club President

Salem State University - 2015 Challenge Cup East Coast Region Champion

Point Loma Nazarene University - 2016 Challenge Cup Pacific Coast Region Champion

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis - 2015 Challenge Cup Central Region Champion

University of Northern Colorado - 2016 Challenge Cup West Region Champion