National Small College Rugby Organization LLC: NSCRO 7s: NEC Lions Roar as Hosts of the NERFU 7s and Earn a Trip to Philly

Monday, May 6
NEC Lions Roar as Hosts of the NERFU 7s and Earn a Trip to Philly

It didn't take long for the New England College Lions to make the adjustment from 15s to 7s by winning an NSCRO qualifier held this past weekend in Henniker, NH.

Just one week earlier the Lions were in Glendale, Colorado competing for the NSCRO National 15's Championship, which they finished an impressive 3rd in the nation in their first year of competition.

Six teams competed on Saturday May 3 for that coveted spot in the NSCRO National 7s Championship to be held in Philadelphia on June 1-2 at the CRC 7s. Salve Regina University, Western New England University, Lasell College, Paul Smith's College, Mitchell College and New England College participated in an exciting fun filled day of rugby.

NEC steamrolled through the pool rounds beating Mitchell 59-7 and Lasell 43-0. Western New England beat Paul Smith's 31-0 and had a hard fought battle with Colonial Conference rival Salve Regina winning 19-15 to finish as the top seed from pool 1. This set up a semi-final rematch of the Northeast Regional Championship (from last November) between NEC and Salve Regina. NEC got off to fast start 19-0 at the half, but Salve would not go down without a fight and came storming back with two quick try's to make it 19-10 before NEC put in one last score to put the game out of reach at 26-10. WNE had no trouble with their semi-final against Mitchell 31-0.

For the final NEC came out and scored first and WNE answered back to make it 7-7, but NEC went on a scoring frenzy putting the ball in 5 more times in the 1st half to make it 42-7 at the half. WNE would play hard in the 2nd half keeping it even at 10-10, but the 1st half was to much for a final of 52-17. Jay Muniz (an All-NSCRO Championship XV selection) was the tournament MVP with 7 tries.

Reported submitted by Jeremy Treece, NEC Head Coach

NEC 2013 NERFU 7s Champ
New England College - 2013 NERFU 7s Champion