The 2016-17 NSCRO Men’s 15s competitive cycle is heading towards an exciting finish this spring with both National Championships – the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup. Four clubs so far have qualified for the championships based on the Fall Regional Championship results: Tufts University and Xavier University have qualified for the Champions Cup while Bethel College and Trinity College have qualified for the Challenge Cup. This is the first time any of these clubs have played in an NSCRO National Championship.
All NSCRO National Championships will be live-streamed for those who cannot attend in person. Details will be found on our website when the event date is near.
2016-17 Men's Champions Cup
The Champions Cup will be held at Infinity Park in *Rugbytown USA* Glendale, Colorado on April 28-29. Here are the latest results by Region.
Region 1 - Northeast
In the Northeast Qualifier on November 12, Tufts University (NERFU Runnerup) handed Ithaca College a 60 to 22 defeat. At the Regional Championship hosted by Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, Connecticut, Tufts edged SUNY Plattsburgh 38-32 in a semifinal match, while the University of Maine-Orono overran SUNY New Paltz 89-7 in the other. In the 3rd place match, Plattsburg held off a second half comeback by New Paltz to win 46-31. In the final, Maine took a 7-0 halftime lead, but Tufts turned it on in the second half to win 22-7 and earn its first appearance in the National Championship at Infinity Park.
Region 2 - Mid-Atlantic South
In the Mid-South Qualifier on November 12, Elon University surprised Duke University by edging them 18 to 17 and earned the first place spot in the Spring Regional Championship.
The East Penn RU final was held on November 19 with last year's champion, Bucknell University, facing their nemesis Susquehanna University (2014 EPRU Champ). Bucknell held off a furious late comeback by Susquehanna to win 55-41. Both teams earned a spot in the December 3rd Qualifier.
The Capital RU NSCRO league was won by Loyola University (Maryland). They hosted Susquehanna on December 3rd in the Mid-Atlantic South qualifier and came away with a 59 to 34 win. Catholic University edged American University 26-21 on November 19 and played at Bucknell on December 3 in the Mid-Atlantic North qualifier. Catholic held off a late Bucknell challenge to win 43-38.
Elon, Catholic and Loyola are now set for the Regional on April 1-2 hosted by the North Bay RFC in Aberdeen, Maryland.
The final team will be the winner of the South Cup hosted by the Atlanta Rugby Foundation and Atlanta Old White RFC in Atlanta, Georgia on March 18-19. Participants will be the champions from the Deep South Conference, Dixie Conference, Florida RU and Georgia RU.
Click here for the latest results and standings for the South Leagues via the links found on our Region 2 page.
Region 3 – Central
The playoffs kicked off on November 5 when 2-time NSCRO Champion St. John's University was defeated by the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point 48 to 31 in the Central Qualifier.
The Central Region Championship was held at Cyntheanne Park in Fishers, Indiana on November 12-13 and was hosted by Southeastern Youth Rugby. In the first semifinal, University of Southern Indiana (Indiana RFU Champion) knocked off Franciscan University (Three Rivers Conference Champion) by a score of 46 to 8. UWSP was edged Xavier University (Great Lakes Conference Champion) 31 to 29 in the semifinal. USI finished 3rd in Nationals in 2016, while Franciscan did the same in 2012. USI was looking for a return trip to Infinity Park, but Xavier had other ideas and handed them a solid 56 to 19 defeat in the final. UWSP defeated Franciscan 54 to 5 for 3rd place.
Xavier is the first team to 'punch a time' to Infinity Park for the NSCRO National Championship.
Region 4 - PacWest
Playoffs will begin with the Cowboy Cup on March 25-26 hosted in Irving, Texas by the University of Dallas. Pending Frontier League confirmation, Regis University and the University of Denver will represent the Rocky Mountain RFU against the top two teams from the LoneStar Conference. Presently the University of Dallas sits atop the Blue Division with 6-0 record, while Angelo State University and Tarleton State University likewise are 6-0 in the Red Division. The top two finishers move onto the Regional on April 8-9.
The California Cup on April 1-2 will be hosted by California Maritime Academy in Vallejo, California. The top two teams from both the Gold Coast and NorCal Conferences will meet with the two winners heading to the Regional to face the Cowboy Cup teams. League play for both conferences has just begun.
You can the latest results and standings for these league via the links found at the Region 4 page by clicking here.
The Claremont Colleges will host the PacWest Region Championship on April 8-9.
2016-17 Men's Challenge Cup
The Challenge Cup will be held at Founders Field in Cheswick, Pennsylvania on April 22-23. Here are the latest results by Region.
Region 1 - East Coast
On November 19-20, Mount St. Mary's University hosted the East Coast Region Championship in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Trinity College (New England RFU) handled Alfred University (Upstate SCRC) 53-10, while Washington & Lee (Cardinals CRC) won by forfeit over Widener University (East Penn RU).
In the final, Washington & Lee scored first to take a 5-0 lead but Trinity tied it up 5-5 by halftime. In the second half, Trinity's backline attack and staunch defense led them to a 27 to 5 win and earn them their first appearance in the Challenge Cup at Founders Field.
Region 2 - Central
On November 12-13 the Central Region Championship was held at Cyntheanne Park and was hosted by Southeastern Youth Rugby. The semis saw Bethel College (Indiana RFU) knocking off Minnesota State University Moorhead (Minnesota RFU) 115-0, while Case Western Reserve University (Great Lakes CRC) pulled away from Fairmont State (Three Rivers CRC) in the second half to win 54-14. In the final, Bethel powered its way over CWRFU 72 to 3, while Fairmont State won a hard-fought match against Moorhead 36-26. Bethel College, in just its 2nd year of competition, qualified for the Challenge Cup.
Region 3 - West
Iowa Central CC won the Mid-America RFU championship beating Wayne State College 60-22 on November 13. The Tritons will face the Lonestar CRC Challenge Cup team on March 25 at the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas.
Region 4 - Pacific Coast
On April 1-2, Cal Maritime Academy will host the Pacific Coast Region Championship in Vallejo, California with two NorCal teams and one Gold Coast team along with Willamette University representing Northwest CRC.