National Small College Rugby Organization LLC: Latest News: NSCRO News: Wayne State Defends and Retains Their National Title

Sunday, November 24
NSCRO News: Wayne State Defends and Retains Their National Title

The 2013 NSCRO Women's Small College National Playoffs came to an end this weekend as Wayne State College of Nebraska successfully defended their 2012 National Title with a hard-fought win over Smith College 18-5.

Full report to be issued in a day or two.

See below Handout for the final playoff brackets. The various Regions' league standings and playoff results are also available in the Documents section.

Region 1- Northeast => Smith College
Chris Reed and Colby-Sawyer College (New London, NH) hosted this 4-team regional event on Nov. 2-3. It featured the top 3 New England Union teams (University of New England, Wesleyan University and Franklin Pierce University) and the top New England Wide Conference team (Smith College). Both Smith and UNE were totally dominated their semifinal matches against Franklin Pierce (51-0) and Wesleyan (109-8), respectively. On Sunday, FPU took 3rd place honors 42-10 over Wesleyan. In the final, Smith hung on to beat UNE 18-10 and claim its first-ever place in the NSCRO National Championship. Smith College is located in Northampton, MA.

Region 2 - New England Empire
The Colonial Coast CRC Champion, Roger Williams University, battled the Empire GU Champion, University of Rochester at Union College in Schenectady, NY on November 10. In a hard fought battle, RWU came away with a 22-7 win. RWU will be returing to the National Championship as the club finished 2nd in 2012.

Region 3 - Mid-Atlantic
Swarthmore College (Swarthmore,PA) hosted the Regional Championship on Nov. 9-10. Kenyon College, the Ohio Champions faced off against the cadets of Virginia Military Institute, the Capital Conference Champion, and pull away for a 46-10 win. In the other semifinal Tri-State Conference Champion, Sacred Heart University, faced the East Penn Champ, Millersville University and came up short 22-5. On Sunday, Sacred Heart defeated VMI 49-5 in the 3rd place match, while Millersville handed Kenyon its first loss of the season with a convincing 40-5 win. All 4 clubs were making their inaugural appearance in the NSCRO playoffs. Millersville will now face the defending National Champion Wayne State College in the semifinals on Nov. 23.

Region 4 - West => Wayne State College
Defending National Champions, Wayne State College (of Nebraska), who reportedly were rebuilding after last year's success secured their 2nd trip in a row to Cherry Hill with a convincing win over Moorhead State, the Minnesota RFU Champion, 51-12 on Nov. 3 in Wayne. Take a look at Wayne State's "Great American Road Trip" at http://www.eteamz.com/NSCRO/news/index.cfm?id=5504017.

National Championship
Venue: Home Field of South Jersey RFC
Cropwell Road and E. Evesham Road, Cherry Hill, NJ

Schedule and Results
Sat. Nov. 23
10:30AM - Semifinal - Smith 20 - Roger Williams 10
12:15PM - Semifinal - Wayne State 41 - Millersville 7

Sun. Nov. 24
11AM - 3rd Place - Millersville 33 - Roger Williams 5
1PM - Championship Final - Wayne State 18 - Smith 5
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Handout: 2013 NSCRO Women's National Playoffs Bracket