As the dust settled after a hot weekend of 7s rugby action at the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championships held last weekend at Talen Energy Stadium near Philadelphia, PA, the National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) can look back at the weekend with pride.
The on-field standard of play was very high throughout the weekend. Three of the four teams who made the semifinals—The Claremont Colleges, Christendom College, and New Mexico Highlands University—were one of the National Champions for the past four years. Loyola University Maryland, the newcomer to the semis, had a great showing all weekend and finished in third place, edging out Christendom. In the final, defending 7s champion and current NSCRO 15s National Champion, Claremont, faced off against the NMHU Vatos in a match not only played in the stadium in front of thousands of fans but also broadcasted live on national television by ESPN. The match was simply outstanding with the Vatos winning in the final seconds after numerous phases of ball control by a score of 17 to 12.
While the CRCs had several different divisions filled with invitational teams, NSCRO stood alone as the only National Championship. None of the eight men's teams that participated were invited to the Championship. All earned their place by competing in a qualifying tournament held either last Fall or this Spring. Nearly 60 different NSCRO member schools competed in the various qualifiers for a chance to play for our National Championship.
NSCRO has established a 7s Bracketing Standards that set its pool play scheduling based on strength of competition (seeding), recovery time between matches, and a limit on the number of matches per day.
Recognizing that the significant cost to attend this event, NSCRO provided over $6000 total in travel grants to its teams. In addition, a total of $1000 in gift certificates from our partner, Rhino Rugby, were awarded as well as team trophies for the top four finishers and gold, silver and bronze medals to the top the finishers.
NSCRO further recognized the on-field accomplishments of the players by selecting an All-Championship team along with Honorable Mentions as well as the MVP, Voshon Jackson from New Mexico Highlands University.
There were 19 nominations for the 2019 Penn Mutual Life of Significance Award which recognized individuals whose off-the-field accomplishments consistently upheld the values of the rugby community and The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company. Of note, eight of the 19 nominations were players from the NSCRO teams at the CRCs. The full article is available on Penn Mutual’s website. Such accomplishments by NSCRO players as well as teams serving their community and the greater good are nothing new. NSCRO encourages and recognizes that there is more to rugby than on-field accomplishments.
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The field is now set for the 2019 7s National Championship scheduled for June 1-2 at Talen Energy Stadium near Philadelphia, PA. The NSCRO Championship is being held in conjunction with the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship.
On Saturday, each team will play 3 pool round matches on the Academy Field adjacent to the Stadium. On Sunday, NSCRO action moves inside the Stadium with our semifinals and final. The additional matches to determine 3rd to 8th place finishers will be held on the outside field.
This year's event is loaded with both talent and experience as 5 teams are returning to the Championship including the last 4 Champions....New Mexico Highlands University (2015, 2016), Christendom College (2017) and The Claremont Colleges (2018)....along with the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and Susquehanna University. The three new teams that are joining the veterans are Thomas More University, Loyola University Maryland and the University of Denver. Returning also is the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point who finished 3rd in 2017. Susquehanna's return marks their 6th appearance in the 7 years this event has taken place. They have appeared in more Championships than any other school including their best finish in 2016 (third place).
The schedule is posted below. Unfortunately our event will not be live streamed. So please plan to attend in person. You can save 50% off the ticket price and support NSCRO by clicking here.
2018-19 NSCRO 7s Qualifying Tournaments
Oct. 13 - NorCal 7s - Hosted by Cal State University Monterey Bay.
Final: The Claremont Colleges 31 - Cal Maritime 0
Feb. 28-March 1 - Vegas 7s, Las Vegas, NV. Hosted by Claremont College.
Contact Jeremy Ognall at email@example.com
Final: University of Denver 15 - California State University Maritime Academy 10 (overtime)
March 30 - Generals 7s - Washington & Lee University, Lexington, VA
Contact John Welsh at firstname.lastname@example.org
Final: Christendom College 19 - Susquehanna University 14
April 6 - Dip Classic 7s - Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA
Contact Stephen Bomberger at email@example.com
Final: Susquehanna University 21 - Endicott University 14
April 6-7 - Oak Leaf 7s - Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Contact Jim Snell at firstname.lastname@example.org
Final: Thomas More University 14 - Northwestern University 5
April 13-14 - Rugby Athletic 7s - Founders Field, Cheswick, PA
Contact Matt Rosemeyer at email@example.com
Final: Loyola University Maryland 14 - University of Wisconsin Stevens Point 5
April 27 - Crossroads 7s - Des Moines Rugby Club, Des Moines, IA
Contact Jon Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Final: New Mexico Highlands University 29 - University of Wisconson-Eau Claire 0
2018 NorCal 7s Champion - The Claremont Colleges
2019 Las Vegas Invitational 7s Champion - University of Denver
2019 General 7s Champion - Christendom College
2019 Dip 7s Champion - Susquehanna University
2019 Oak Leaf 7s Champion - Thomas More University
2019 Rugby Athletic 7s Champion - Loyola University Maryland
2019 Crossroads 7s Champion - New Mexico Higlands University
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Photo Gallery of Previous National and QT Champions
Christendom College - 2017 NSCRO 7s National Champion
New Mexico Highlands University - 2017 Tulane 7s Champions