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July 31, 2015
BOULDER, Colo. (USA Rugby Release) – USA Rugby has selected the 2014-15 Men’s Collegiate All-American and Honorable Mention All-American teams for the 15s and sevens codes of the game, honoring deserving college rugby players from more than 40 institutions. The players were based on the past seasons' performance and most importantly on their showing at the USAR (Men's) Collegiate All-American camp that was held from July 14-19, 2015 at California Maritime Academy in Vallejo, CA.
Out of the 67 players that were invited to the camp, eight players represented various NSCRO schools (pictured above, left to right):
Cathal Finneran (New England College)
Ian Luciano (New England College)
Kevon Williams (New Mexico Highlands University)
Lucian York (University of Northern Colorado)
Jeremy Misailegalu (New Mexico Highlands University)
Eli Phillips (University of North Alabama)
James Tayson (New England College)
Matthew Moore (University of North Alabama)
8 NSCRO players received Honorable All-American (15s) selection. From the above group, Matthew Moore, Eli Phillips, Ian Luciano, James Tayson, Lucian York and Kevon Williams were selected along with Ryan Morris and Austin Morris (both from Cal Maritime Academy).
In addition, Jeremy Misailegalu and Kevon Williams received Honorable All-American Sevens selection.
NSCRO is proud of these young men whose hard work and dedication has reaped a well-deserved recognition.
The camp was the first opportunity for the new AIG Men's Collegiate All-American Staff to work in a national team assembly environment. Players from this camp will be selected to play with the AIG Men's Collegiate All-American Sevens team at Serevi RugbyTown Sevens in August, others will train with Taranaki Rugby in New Zealand, and overall standouts will be shortlisted for selection to MCAA and MJAA teams.
The camp ran alongside the Men's Eagles' World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup assembly.
According to Stephen Cohen, president of NSCRO, "There are a lot of great players out there that don't often have the opportunity to be discovered outside of their own club or union. We are proud to be able to give them the chance to, not only raise their caliber of play through our national playoff system, but also provide the national and international team scouts and coaching staff the opportunity and venues to evaluate these players."
"We are thrilled to have eight of our NSCRO players be recognized for their talents and to be invited to participate in this camp. It's a testament to what we're trying to achieve as an organization and as a rugby community," said Cohen.
After months of preparation, qualifiers and playoffs, four teams arrived at Infinity Park in Glendale, CO for their shot at the NSCRO Men's National Champions Cup title on 25-26 April 2015.
The first of two semi-final matches featured two-time defending champion, St. John's University against Mount St. Mary's University while New England College faced California Maritime Academy in the second semi-final match on Saturday.
Semi-final #1 - St. John's University vs. Mount St. Mary's University
The Johnnies came out in full force at the beginning of the match with a try by Sam Olmscheid which was converted by Tanner Hersch for an early score of 7-0 against The Mount. The Mount seemed to have woken up after than and came back firing to put 5 points by Zack Hirschler on the score board. SJU answered back with a quick goal, bringing their score to 14-5. Undeterred, The Mount attacked with a lineout then a seven meter scrum to bring the score to 14-12. The attack-and-counterattack continued right through the first half with MSMU taking the lead: 26-21.
The second half saw much of the same action, again, with The Johnnies coming out the gate and closing the gap 28-26 at the 43-minute mark then further extending their lead to 33-26 minutes later. MSMU stormed back and put another 12 points on the board to take the lead, 38-33.
After 80 minutes of intense play between these two teams, The Mount advanced to the final match with a score of 55-45.
Semi-final #2 - New England College vs. California Maritime Academy
In the second semifinal, New England College faced off against California Maritime Academy. The NEC Lions came to Infinity Park on a mission to win the National title after losing in the final last year to St. John's. The Keelhaulers who, in 2012, were likewise 2nd place finishers and had plans of their own. Both teams came to play with the opening kickoff. NEC's fullback Cathal Finneran slotted a penalty kick at the 5th minute to put the Lions up 3-0. But it was Lions' winger Bryant Etuka that got the crowd going with a scintillating long run for a try at the 17th minute. Ten minutes later, Lions' flyhalf James Tayson took a lineout ball through a gap in the defense from 25m out to score by the posts. Finneran's conversion made it 15-3 which remained so through halftime. CMA's offensive sprung to life in the second half and both sides traded tries. When the final whistle was blown by referee Leah Berard, NEC had held on for a 25-18 win sending them back to Sunday's Championship final.
Consolation Match - St. John's University vs. California Maritime Academy
The third place match began much like the semi-finals with St. John's coming out the gate with a try by 8-man Steven Oczak followed by a touchdown by Casey Walsh and a conversion by Tanner Hersch: SJU 12, CMA 0. The Johnnies continued their attack on the Keelhaulers, widening their lead to 19 points, but not until CMA managed to put 5 on the board before the whistle was blown.
The Johnnies came out swinging in the second half with another goal by Benny Bissonette and then sealing their third place finish with a final goal by Hersch, ending the game at 38-5.
Championship Match - New England College vs. Mount St. Mary's University
The wet and chilly weather didn't dampened the spirits of the New England College Lions or Mount St. Mary's University in this championship match. NEC opened the match with a goal by Ky Young and a conversion by Cathal Finneran. A penalty goal by Tito Miranda put The Mount on the scoreboard: 7-3. The Lions answered back with another try by Daryl Wilson followed by a completion by Finneran and then a penalty goal by Finneran for a total of 17-3. The Mount took advantage of a yellow card against NEC with Tito Miranda putting seven points on the board before the end of the first half.
The steady rain made playing conditions in the second half sloppy but NEC managed to make the most of it. The Lions came onto the field and quickly took possession of the ball, putting 10 points on the board 15 minutes into the second half. The Mount answered back with 8-man CJ Beasley crossing the goal for a score of 27-15. Unfortunately for MSMU, that would be their last opportunity to put points on the board. NEC closed out the match with one final goal, sealing their title as the 2014-15 NSCRO Champions Cup winner with a score of 32-15.
For a full summary of each of the matches, visit www.thisiscoloradorugby.com.
The roads taken by 215 men's colleges have reached their end in the NSCRO 15s National playoffs. A great season comes to the end...an even better one awaits starting in the Fall. Lions and Tigers rule the NSCRO jungle! The Lions of New England College and the Tigers of the University of the Pacific. Read below to see how it all came together.
NSCRO Champions Cup
Region 1 - Northeast
Rochester turned out to be no match for the powerful NEC Lions who won 72-5. ECSU then faced Oneonta likewise were dominant winning 65-5 in second semifinal at the Nov. 22-23 NSCRO Northeast Region Championship hosted by NEC in Henniker, NH. On Sunday, Rochester came back strong to beat Oneonta 50-7, while NEC had its toughest match in a long while prevailing over ECSU 38-12. NEC now returns to Nationals for the 3rd time in a row in just their 4 year of reformation in 2010.
Region 2 - Mid-Atlantic South
Neumann University was soundly defeated by the University of Mary Washington (Cardinals CRC Champ) 86-21 in the Mid-Atlantic Qualifier on Nov. 23.
Dixie Conference Playoffs - Feb. 28-Mar. 1
Lee 28 - Freed Hardeman 0 (by forfeit)
Tennessee Tech 28 - North Alabama 17
Lee 38 - Tennessee Tech 25
NSCRO South Qualifier - March 8
Loyola (New Orelans) 33 - Tennessee Tech 29
The South Cup was held on March 14-15 in Ocala, Florida.
Sat. March 14 Semis
Univ. of North Florida (Florida Champ) 42 - Loyola Univ. (South Qualifier) 21
Lee Univ. (Dixie Champ) 64 - Valdosta State Univ. (Georgia Champ) 35
Sun. March 15
Final : North Florida 19 - Lee 12
The NSCRO Mid-Atlantic South Region Championship is March 28-29, 2015 at the exciting new Rugby Athletic Center in Charlotte, NC. The schedule is:
Sat. March 28 Semis
12pm - Mount St. Mary's Univ. 65 - Susquehanna Univ.29
2pm - Duke Univ.* 32 - Univ. of North Florida 29
Sun. March 29
11am - 3rd Place: UNF 39 - Susquehanna 5
1pm - Final: Mount 67 - Duke 14
followed by NSCRO Awards Ceremony
* UMW had to withdraw and was replaced by Cardinals Conference Runnerup Duke University.
Mount St. Mary's returns to Nationals for 2nd year in a row. A testimony to the rugby program they have created.
Region 3 – Central
Complete. Report from Nov. 15.16 below:
Neither snow nor can frigid temperatures keep a good rugger off the pitch. This was proven this past weekend in Elkhart, Indiana at the Moose Rugby Grounds. Thanks to Bart Bottorff and his staff at the MRG for transforming the snow-covered grounds into a very playable field. On Saturday, Three Rivers Champ Robert Morris University continued its surprising ways beating a solid University of Southern Indiana team 30-15. Defending National Champion, St. John’s University handled Great Lakes Champ Baldwin-Wallace University 48-25. On Sunday, USI came back at the end to edge Baldwin-Wallace 34-29 to capture 3rd place. Meanwhile, St. John’s took care of business with RMU dominating 77 to 10 and have punched their return ticket to Glendale next April for the National Championship at Infinity Park. This will be their third trip in a row and stands as a testimony to a well-run program. Now that NEC has done the same in Region 1 qualifying for their third straight appearance in Glendale...will there be a possible rematch with the Johnnies in the final? Time will tell.
Region 4 - PacWest
Frontier League Playoffs - March 8-9
New Mexico Highlands 73 - Western State 5
Colorado School of Mines 33 - Denver 23
NMHU 46 - Mines 27
Lonestar Conference Playoffs - March 8-9
St. Edward's 22 - Southern Methodist 10
Angelo State 27 - Univ. Texas-San Antonio 20
SEU 30 - Angelo State 7
The NSCRO Cowboy Cup is set for March 21-22 at Burr Field in Austin, Texas. The schedule is:
Sat. March 21 Semis
12PM - Champions Cup - Colorado School of Mines (Frontier Runnerup) 21 - St. Edward's (Lonestar Champion) 15
2PM - Champions Cup Semi - New Mexico Highlands (Frontier Champion) 42 - Angelo State (Lonestar Runnerup) 13
Sun. March 22
10AM - Champions Cup 3rd Place : SEU 24 - ASU 12
12PM - Challenge Cup Final - Lonestar Champion vs Frontier Champion....see Challenge Cup info below
2PM - Champions Cup Final : NMHU 48 - Mines 14
The NSCRO Pacific Coast Cup is set for March 28-29 at Claremont-McKenna College in Claremont, CA. The schedule is:
Sat. March 28 Semis
12pm - The Claremont Colleges (Gold Coast Champ) 48 - Sonoma State Univ. (NorCal Runnerup) 31
2pm - California Maritime Academy (NorCal Champ) 44 - Azusa Pacific Univ. (Gold Coast Runnerup) 15
Sun. March 29
10am - 3rd Place: APU vs. Sonoma State - canceled
12pm - Final; Cal Maritime 29 - Claremont 17
followed by NSCRO Awards Ceremony
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The NSCRO PacWest Region Championship is April 11-12, 2015 at California Maritime Academy in Vallejo, CA. The schedule is:
Sat. April 11 Semis
12PM - Cal Maritime Academy (Pacific Coast Cup Champion) 28 - Colorado School of Mines (Cowboy Cup Runnerup) 7
2PM - Claremont College (Pacific Coast Cup Runnerup) 39 - New Mexico Highlands Univ. (Cowboy Cup Champion) 24
Sun. April 12
10AM - 3rd Place: NMHU 24 - Mines 20
12PM - Final: CMA 33 - Claremont 22
followed by NSCRO Awards Ceremony
Cal Maritime returns to Nationals for first time since 2012 where they placed 2nd to Salve Regina. Way to go Keelhaulers!
Infinity Park, Glendale, CO * Rugbytown USA *
All of the matches and the Awards Ceremony will be live streamed for free at: http://rugbytownusa.com/matchplayer
Saturday April 25 - Times shown are Mountain Time Zone
1PM - Mount St. Mary's (Emmitsburg, MD) 55 - St. John's University (Collegeville, MN) 45
3PM - New England College (Henniker, NH) 25 = California Maritime Academy (Vallejo, CA) 18
Sunday April 26
11AM - 3rd Place: St. John's 38 - Cal Maritime 5
1PM - Final: NEC 32 - Mount St. Mary's 15
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