New Mexico Highlands University Wins 2015 NSCRO Men’s 7s National Championship

Medford, NJ  June 9, 2015 – On May 30-31, the third NSCRO Men’s 7s National Championship was held in conjunction with the CRC 7s at PPL Park near Philadelphia, PA. The event was a great success!

PPL Park recently completely the building of two world-class rugby/soccer grass fields adjacent to the Stadium. NSCRO used these fields for its pool play and Sunday’s 3rd, 5th and 7th place matches. The semifinals and final were played inside the Stadium.

The 8 participating teams came from across the country. They displayed an exemplary commitment to preparation and performance. The teams represented their schools and small college rugby very well and looked like they belonged in a professionally run event with both web and TV coverage.

Pool A:
The Claremont Colleges, Claremont, CA
New England College, Henniker, NH
Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA
Wayne State College, Wayne, NE

Pool B:
Lafayette College, Easton, PA
Lee University, Cleveland, TN
New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, NM
University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL

Click here to see the full results.

Saturday Results
The Claremont Colleges playing in their first NSCRO 7s National Championship lost a close one to defending National Champion New England College 14-12 in pool play but qualified for the semi-finals with a 2-1 record on Day One and will face New Mexico Highlands University. The Vatos looked very strong winning their pool at 3-0. The NEC Lions won some close matches and finished at 3-0 in pool play and will face the Deadbirds of North Florida in the other semi.

Wayne State College will take on Lafayette College in the 5th place match, while Susquehanna University will battle Lee University for 7th place.

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Sunday Results
In the first semifinal Pool B winner New Mexico Highlands dominated Pool A runner-up Claremont Colleges 33-0. The second semifinal resulted in Pool A winner New England College defeating Pool B runner-up University of North Florida 33-7.

Results for the Consolation matches:
7th Place: Susquehanna 24 – Lee 17
5th Place: Wayne State 20 – Lafayette 5
3rd Place: North Florida 28 – Claremont 17

Championship Match
In a repeat of the 2014 the final the New England College Lions played New Mexico Highlands Vatos. NEC was victorious in 2014. Both of these schools have less than 800 full-time male undergraduate students. It was an outstanding display of athleticism and 7s rugby skills by both teams for the full 14 minutes of play. Late in the match NEC scored to take a commanding 19 -10 lead. NEC kicked off with 1:09 left to play in the match. The Vatos took the ball into contact, re-won the rock, then scored under the posts and converted to close the gap to 19-17. With time about to expire the Vatos kicked short and high with Jeremy Misailegalu going up over two Lions players to reclaim the ball, one ruck later the ball went wide to Kevon Williams who scored in the corner after the hooter had sounded, making the final score 22-19 in favor of the Vatos and earning them the title of the 2015 NSCRO 7s National Champion. The crowd erupted as 10,000 fans at PPL Park were treated to some of the finest and most exciting 7s played on the weekend. Williams was named MVP as he had a fine weekend and two other tries in the match including a 107-meter run in the first half of the final.

An NSCRO All-Championship Team was selected by Howard Kent. Click here to see the selections.

NSCRO thanks the CRC hosts United World Sports, the Referees, Media and Staff at PPL Park!

A special thank you to The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company as the Top Sponsor of NSCRO.

This culminates three years of NSCRO successfully holding small college 7s Qualifiers and Championships under the leadership of Howard Kent.

NSCRO looks forward to preparing for the 2016 National Small College Rugby 7s Championship.

About National Small College Rugby Organization
The National Small College Rugby Organization was formed in 2007 to organize the Division 3 and Division 4 college rugby national playoff system which has become a vital part in developing collegiate rugby in the U.S. NSCRO also devotes its time and energy in working with every collegiate organization providing advice and ideas for growth and improvement.

There are currently over 210 men’s and over 80 women’s teams participating in local Unions and Conferences with their eye on the prize of the NSCRO Small College National Championship. This represents nearly 40% of all colleges playing rugby in the U.S.  In 2013, NSCRO was recognized by USA Rugby as an independent organization, sharing similar goals for bettering the collegiate rugby experience.

Our goals are simple:

  • Foster the growth and development of men and women’s small college rugby in the United States.
  • Provide top-level competition and promote high-level sportsmanship on and off the field.
  • Be a resource for small college rugby players, coaches, trainers and staff; and, offer a sense of community for NSCRO members.

To find out how your team can become a member and participate in NSCRO’s playoffs, contact us atpresident@nscro.org.

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