National Small College Rugby Organization LLC: Latest News: New England College Lions Repeat as NSCRO Northeast Region Champions...Next Stop Infinity Park!

Thursday, November 21
New England College Lions Repeat as NSCRO Northeast Region Champions...Next Stop Infinity Park!

Nov 16-17, Henniker, NH

They say in New England if you don’t like the weather wait a minute. Well that was the case this weekend. Saturday’s NSCRO semifinal matches featured great weather Saturday, sunny and 60 degrees. Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) faced off at in the first match against defending Northeast Champs New England College (NEC). CCSU came out of the gate with fire and passion and capitalized on an errant pass by NEC returning it 22 meters for a try to take an early 12-7 lead. NEC answered back quickly to regain lead at half 14-12. NEC would regain their championship form in the second half to score 28 unanswered points to win 42-12.

In the second match of the day last year’s Northeast Region runner up and 2011 National Champion Salve Regina University took on Union College, the Empire Upstate Champion who defeated Bowdoin College 17-15 last Sunday to earn a place in this event. Salve dominated the first half 24-7. Union college would comeback in the second half to outscore Salve 12-10, but losing 9 starters to injury this Fall would prove to be too much and Salve won 34-19.

Sunday’s weather was quite different from Saturday. It was 42 degrees, foggy, and drizzly. In the third place match, CCSU outfought Union 41-17. This year’s final match was a repeat of last year’s between Salve and NEC. The match would prove to be the most physical match of the season for NEC. “The first half was trench warfare” said head coach Jeremy Treece of NEC. Salve and NEC were inside each other’s 22 meter zone three times and neither team could score leaving it 0-0 at the half. The second half would prove no different in the beginning. However, NEC capitalized on a Salve penalty awarded by referee Miles McIvor to take a 3-0 lead 10 minutes into the half. Then 10 minutes later, the championship MVP Jay Muniz, intercepted a pass and returned it 40 meters for the first try of the match to give NEC a 10-0 lead. Salve played hard the whole game, but NEC kept the pressure on when a long run from freshman Ky Young who off loaded to freshman Connor Fantasia resulted in the final try of the match. NEC would add 2 more penalty kicks at the end to win 21-0. “Every fan I spoke to after the match said they don’t know much about rugby, but wow that was exciting to watch” said Coach Treece.

NEC will now move onto the NSCRO Men's Small College National Championship on April 27-28, 2014 at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado where they finished third this past April.