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NSCRO Names Men's All-Americans and Rising Stars

By Stephen Cohen, NSCRO, 07/03/18, 1:45PM EDT

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We have just released our list of 25 student-athletes named to the inaugural NSCRO Men’s All-Americans and 25 Rising Stars for the 2017-18 season.
 
As with the recently announced Women’s All-Americans, this is the first year for this program which honors players for their on-field skills demonstrated through teamwork, athletic ability, game knowledge, match awareness and more.
 
Players were considered based on nominations submitted to NSCRO, reports from NSCRO scouts at our playoffs and at the All-Star National Championship.

NSCRO Rising Stars recognizes young players with emerging talents and show promise of confidently ascending towards NSCRO All-American recognition. We look forward to seeing these players’ future contributions to their teams, NSCRO and to rugby. Congratulations to all who have received this prestigious recognition.

NSCRO All-Americans will received a certificate of recognition and an NSCRO All-American t-shirt while the Rising Stars will receive an NSCRO All-American Rising Star t-shirt.

2018 NSCRO Men's All-Americans

Name Team Year Region
Sofiane Ben Meftah Iowa Central Community College Freshman Central
Ben Brissette Salve Regina University Senior Northeast
Trevor Brooks University of North Alabama Junior Mid-Atlantic South
John Bulaich California Maritime Academy Senior PacWest
Liam Burke Salve Regina University Senior Northeast
Cameron Davidowicz Plymouth State University Senior Northeast
Nathan Epplett Iowa Central Community College Freshman Central
Isaiah Faleuka Iowa Central Community College Freshman Central
Ciro "CJ" Ferrigno California Maritime Academy Senior PacWest
Elliott Finn Iowa Central Community College Freshman Central
Joe Goff Salve Regina University Senior Northeast
Kyle Higgins Loyola University Maryland Junior Mid-Atlantic South
Brendon MacDonald The Claremont Colleges Senior PacWest
Dominic Mann Christendom College Senior Mid-Atlantic South
Peter Moala Southern Virginia University Senior Mid-Atlantic South
Simi Moala Southern Virginia University Junior Mid-Atlantic South
Ani Mteto Iowa Central Community College Sophomore Central
Joe Neveux University of Maine-Orono Senior Northeast
Conner Pederson The Claremont Colleges Sophomore PacWest
Ryheem Powell Susquehanna University Junior Mid-Atlantic South
Omar Rodriguez The Claremont Colleges Junior PacWest
Jourden Stanley Angelo State University Junior PacWest
Lukas Svitek The Claremont Colleges Junior PacWest
Jackson Thiebes Endicott College Senior Northeast
Darell Williams San Francisco Community College Sophomore PacWest

 
2018 NSCRO Men's Rising Stars

 

Name Team Year Region
Cameron Breen Xavier University Sophomore Central
Ben Conley Alfred University Junior Northeast
Ian Crilly MiraCosta College Sophomore PacWest
Jordan Drain University of Maine-Orono Freshman Northeast
Vince Duhig Christendom College Freshman Mid-Atlantic South
Adrian Escobedo Abliene Christian University Sophomore PacWest
Mathew Gash-Glider Endicott College Freshman Northeast
Daniel Giannascoli Loyola University Maryland Junior Mid-Atlantic South
Matthew Grundlingh The Claremont Colleges Freshman PacWest
Michael Irving Christopher Newport University Junior Mid-Atlantic South
Josh Leatherby Franciscan University Junior Central
Connor Lehner The Claremont Colleges Sophomore PacWest
Cody Liguori Paul Smith's College Freshman Northeast
Barrett Lyons University of New Haven Sophomore Northeast
Tim Marra Christendom College Junior Mid-Atlantic South
Gabriel Martinez MiraCosta College Sophomore PacWest
Tashir Newsome-Smith Angelo State University Junior PacWest
Mike Nita Wiregrass Georgia Technical College Sophomore Mid-Atlantic South
Kyle O'Connor Salve Regina University Junior Northeast
Frankie Rayis The Claremont Colleges Junior PacWest
Donovan Ronan Regis University Junior PacWest
Michael Mukuru Tumusiime California Maritime Academy Junior PacWest
Trevor Ulicni Oregon Institute of Technology Freshman PacWest
Stephen Wagner Ave Maria University Sophomore Mid-Atlantic South
Jeff Wood Alfred University Sophomore Northeast


The 2018 All-Americans list and 2018 Rising Stars lists can be downloaded here and here.