Written by Press Release    Wednesday, 09 November 2011 20:40    PDF Print Write e-mail
Carleton Tops in NSCRO West
Colleges - Small Colleges

Wayne Rugby Park in Wayne, Nebraska was the scene on Nov. 5-6 for the NSCRO West Regional Championship. The event featured the following teams:

Minnesota #1 - Carleton College from Northfield, Minnesota
Minnesota #2 - Bemidji State University from Bemidji, Minnesota
Great Plains #1 - Wayne State College from Wayne, Nebraska
Great Plains #2 - Augustana College from Sioux Falls, South Dakota

The Carleton women's team, which won the NSCRO West this weekend.On Saturday, both Carleton College and Wayne State College stood tall at day's end. Carleton's quick recycling of the ball to their skilled flyhalf Robin Burrell and darting runs by outside center Sara Harrison provided too much for the Augustana women leading to a 58-0 win. Wayne State used its forward power to control the rucks and scrummaging as they pulled away from the Bemidji women 37-0.

On Sunday, Wayne State and Carleton met in what was expected to be a close encounter. It was a scoreless match until Carleton's Alison Lisi broke out of a lineout to dot down a try about half way through the first half. Carleton's flyhalf Robin Burrell and inside center Edee Lee added tries making it 17-0 at the end of the half. The first half was marred by numerous penalties called at the breakdown against Wayne State leading to 2 yellow cards and a red card for their scrumhalf for repeated infringements. Carleton went back on attack after the break with Burrell taking off on a 50m run for a try. A few minutes later her Wayne State counterpart was red-carded for repeated infringements. Down to 13 players...Wayne State fought hard and scored when no. 8 Jennifer Becker drove over with the ball from a ruck at the goal line. Carleton responded with 3 tries and the match ended with a score of 37 to 7.

As a result of their win in the Regional Championship, Carleton College has qualified for the NSCRO National D3 Championship scheduled for Nov. 19-20 in Cherry Hill, NJ. They will face the winner of the New England RFU D3 Championship which will be determined this Saturday between Western Connecticut State and Wentworth Institute of Technology. Info about this event is provided below as well as the NSCRO website.

Elsewhere in the NSCRO World of Small College Rugby....

Division 3
New England Region - In the NERFU semifinals, Wentworth Institute of Technology handled the University of Hartford 59-12, while Western Connecticut State University edged the University of Maine-Orono 15-14. WIT and Western Conn State will face off this Saturday in the NERFU D3 final. This winner will play on Sunday in the final. The winner will qualify for the NSCRO National D3 Championship scheduled for Nov. 19-20 in Cherry Hill, NJ.

New York State/New England Region - The College of Holy Cross edged Wheaton College 10 to 7 to win the inaugural New England Women's Collegiate Rugby Conference title. Holy Cross was the the 2008 NSCRO Division 4 Champion. Holy Cross will face the NY State RC Champion, St. Bonaventure University this Saturday at Smith College in Northampton, MA. The winner will qualify for the NSCRO National D3 Championship scheduled for Nov. 19-20 in Cherry Hill, NJ.

East Penn/Met NY Region - Lock Haven University, the 2010 NSCRO Division 4 Champion, beat Millersville University 10 to 3 to capture the East Penn RU D3 title this past Saturday. Lock Haven travels to Fairfield, CT this Saturday to face the Met NY RU D3 Champion, Fairfield University. Fairfield is looking to return to the National Championship after having lost in 2010 in the semifinal to the eventual National Champion, Bentley University. The winner will qualify for the NSCRO National D3 Championship scheduled for Nov. 19-20 in Cherry Hill, NJ.

Division 4
Albright College won the East Penn RU D4 Championship this past Saturday 29 to 10 over Susquehanna University and will face the winner of the New England RFU D4 Championship on Sunday, Nov. 20 in Cherry Hill, NJ. Albright was runnerup in the D4 Championship match in 2008 losing to Holy Cross.

The NERFU D4 semifinals and final will be played this Saturday at Springfield College. The semifinal pairings are:
St. Anselm College vs Trinity College
Springfield College vs Johnson State College

2011 NSCRO National Women's D3 and D4 Championships
The event is hosted by the Philadelphia Women's RFC ( at the home field of the South Jersey RFC (

Sat. Nov. 19
11AM - Div 3 Semifinal - Winner: Nov. 12 match - St. Bonaventure (New York State Rugby Conference Champion) vs. Holy Cross (New England Women's Collegiate Rugby Conference Champion) VS Winner: Nov. 12 match - Lock Haven (East Penn RU Champion) vs. Fairfield (Met New York RFU Champion)
1PM - Div 3 Semifinal - Carleton College (West Region Champion) VS New England RFU Champion (determined on Nov. 12)

Sun. Nov. 20
9:30AM - Div 3 3rd Place (Sat semifinal losers) - 30 min halves
11AM - Div 3 Championship Final
1PM - Div 4 Championship Final

Field Location - Cherry Hill, NJ
The field is on Evesham Rd. diagonally across from William G Rohrer Center for HealthFitness close to the corner of Cropwell Road and E. Evesham Road, Cherry Hill, NJ. There is parking adjacent to the field.

Written by Pat Clifton    Wednesday, 09 November 2011 19:20    PDF Print Write e-mail
23 Teams Announced for 7s Nationals
Sevens - Collegiate Sevens

USA Rugby has named 23 of the 24 teams who will compete for the first-ever collegiate 7s national championship Dec. 16-17 in College Station, Texas. 10 of the 23 teams announced Wednesday won their way into the championship tournament by claiming the title of a qualifying tournament. Empire Conference 7s is slated for Nov. 19, and its champion gets the 24th bid to nationals.

The other 13 teams Texas bound were extended at-large bids by the USA Rugby collegiate competitions committee. Of them, nine finished second at a qualifier and three finished third. One, Cal Poly, finished fourth at California 7s. Two automatic qualifier champions turned down their bids; Dartmouth and BYU. Two teams who finished second at a qualifier, Utah (Pacific 7s) and Penn State (Big Ten), made it known to the competitions committee that if they were extended an at-large bid they'd turn it down.

Four teams who finished second at automatic qualifiers were not extended at-large bids; Harvard (Ivy League), UW-Milwaukee (Midwest 7s), Delaware (Halloween 7s) and Albany (East Coast 7s). 

Teams headed to nationals        *Automatic qualifiers
Air Force (Finished 2nd at Mountain 7s)
Arkansas State (Finished 2nd at South Independent 7s)
*Boston College (Won East Coast 7s)
Cal Poly - SLO (Finished 4th at California 7s)
*Central Washington (Won NCRC 7s)
*Colorado (Won Pacific 7s)
Florida (Finished 2nd at SCRC 7s)
*Kutztown (Won Halloween 7s)
*Life (Won South Independent 7s)
Louisiana State University (Finished 3rd at SCRC)
*Miami (Ohio) (Won Midwest 7s)
*North Carolina State (Won Atlantic Coast Invitational)
Oklahoma (Finished 2nd in Oklahoma 7s)
San Diego State (Finished 2nd at California 7s)
*St.Mary's (California) (Won California 7s)
*Tennessee (Won SCRC 7s)
Texas (Finished 3rd at Oklahoma 7s)
*Texas A&M (Won Oklahoma 7s)
UC Davis (Finished 3rd at California 7s)
UCLA (Finished 3rd at Pacific 7s)
Virginia (Finished 2nd at ACI)
Western Washington (Finished 2nd at NCRC 7s)
*Wisconsin (Won Big Ten 7s)

Written by RUGBYMag Staff    Wednesday, 09 November 2011 14:29    PDF Print Write e-mail
Women DII College Top 25 - Nov. 9, 2011
Rankings - Women DII College

For half of the country, women’s DII colleges now know their playoff fate. The Northeast and Midwest will name their three representatives to nationals this weekend, and the Mid-Atlantic will finalize which eight teams still have playoff ball waiting for them in the spring.

Can UW La Crosse (maroon) top the Midwest once again?

There’s a lot of drama wrapped up in the Mid-Atlantic. The Virginia RFU didn’t contest a state tournament this year and saw three teams – Mary Washington, William & Mary and Longwood – all finish with 5-1 records and an equal amount of points. The top two teams advancing to territorial championships in the spring were decided on head-to-head results among the three teams (excluding game results against the remaining four VRU teams). That left Longwood in third place, a disappointing finish for a team that just beat top seed MW 20-5 this weekend.

In Eastern Penn, Delaware and Temple posted big wins during the quarterfinals, while La Salle and Shippensburg played closer games against Scranton (7-0) and Drexel (22-7) respectively. Temple and Delaware face each other in the semis this weekend, and we’re hoping for a thrilling rematch (league game went to the Owls 12-5). Shippensburg should beat La Salle for the final’s berth, but EPRU gets three seeds to MARFUs, so Sunday and the third-place game is just as important.

In the Potomac, George Washington clinched the LAU title again and is the undisputed top seed heading to MARFUs. St. Mary’s played GW to a 27-8 loss in the final and is also still alive for a bid to nationals.

The Northeast will decide this weekend which three teams will advance to nationals in the spring. Norwich and Rutgers are the forerunners for the NRU championship. Vassar could very well be in the top 25, as they played Rutgers to a two-point loss earlier in league, but they haven’t enjoyed the same explosive growth that Rutgers has. Bowdoin stumbled against Rhode Island during NERFUs before playing SUNY Binghamton to a 29-12 quarterfinal win at NRUs.

Having five Midwest teams in the top 20 might not be realistic in terms of relative territorial strength, but right now, with the regional championships peaking at this weekend’s final four, there is some good rugby being played in comparison with the rest of the country.

We still like Grand Valley for a final’s berth, although the former DI team was greatly pushed by Slippery Rock last weekend, just eking out a 10-7 win. The Lakers will take on Winona during this Saturday’s semifinal and are expected to win. Pittsburgh has had a great season, having defeated SRU in the Allegheny final, and now awaits defending Midwest champ UW La Crosse in the semifinals.

The Rugby Northeast will also know who it’s sending to nationals this weekend. St. Michael’s pulled off a mild upset last weekend, eliminating Stonehill College (24-12) from playoff contention. St. Michael’s will take on American International College for the lone bid to nationals. AIC won the first meet-up 44-0.

Around the rest of the country, the Scrum by the Sea in San Diego saw some DII teams level up against one another. Humboldt played in the competitive division and beat DI teams UC San Diego, Arizona State and Chico State, before falling 12-0 to ASU in the final. Arizona won the social division and exacted revenge on UCLA in the final after first losing to the DI team 12-5 on day one. Arizona also beat UC Santa Cruz and USC twice over the course of the weekend.

Washington State and Western Washington swapped places on the rankings, after WSU pulled off a 17-12 victory a couple of weekends ago. Being that the match occurred so early in the season, it’s difficult to gauge the strength of each squad, but hopefully that will become more evident as the weeks roll on.

UNC Charlotte and Lee University have a healthy amount of games under their belts. UNCC just tacked on another couple of friendly wins as they ready for the matrix season, and Lee's most significant victory has come against DI's Georgia.

Finally, it’s been difficult following the Eastern Rockies division. Half of teams have forfeited at least one game – whether for insufficient numbers or paperwork violations. When the games have played out, Colorado College has looked the strongest.

As the season winds down over the next couple of weeks, be sure to tune back for the final rankings of the year.

Women DII College Top 25 – November 9, 2011
1 (1) Norwich (8-0). Taking #1 seed to NRU championships after defeating SUNY Binghamton 78-0.

2 (2) Grand Valley (9-0). In Midwest semifinals after defeating Slippery Rock 10-7.

3 (3) Shippensburg (7-0). Defeated Drexel 22-7 to advance to EPRU semifinals.

4 (7) Washington State (2-0). Defeated Western Washington 17-12.

5 (4) Western Washington (1-1). Lost to Washington State 17-12.

6 (5) George Washington (5-0). Defeated Catholic 55-5 and St. Mary's 27-8 for PRU title.

7 (6) Rutgers (7-0). Advances to NRU semifinals after defeating Coast Guard 43-14.

8 (9) UW La Crosse (7-0). Advances to Midwest semifinals after defeating Northern Illinois 17-0 and Illinois State 73-0.

9 (11) AIC (4-0-1) Top seed in Rugby Northeast championship.

10 (12) Pittsburgh (8-0). Advances to Midwest semifinals after defeating Bowling Green 46-0 and IUP 33-5.

11 (8) Slippery Rock (6-2). Lost to Pittsburgh in Allegheny final, defeated Loyola 35-14 in Midwest round of 16, then lost to Grand Valley 10-7 in quarterfinals.

12 (13) St. Michael's (4-1). Defeated Stonehill 24-12 for RNE championship berth.

13 (15) Texas Tech (1-1). Defeated Texas A&M 29-15 after losing to Texas.

14 (16) Delaware (5-1). Advances to EPRU semifinals after defeating York 51-0.

15 (18) Temple (5-1). Advances to EPRU semifinals after defeating East Stroudsburg 40-5.

16 (17) Winona (7-0). Advance to Midwest semifinals after beating UW Eau Claire 22-17 and MNSU Mankato 30-12.

17 (10) Mary Washington (5-1). Lost to Longwood 20-5 but secures #1 seed from VRU.

18 (19) Bowdoin (7-1). Advances to NRU final four after defeating SUNY Fredonia 29-12.

19 (20) Lee University (5-2). Biggest win came against Georgia 38-7.

20 (14) Stonehill (3-2). Lost to St. Michael’s 24-12.

21 (23) UNC Charlotte (4-3). Defeated College of Charleston 31-6 and UNC Greensboro 42-17 in friendlies.

22 (unr) Humboldt (5-1). Lost to ASU 12-0 in Scrum by the Sea final.

23 (24) Colorado College (2-0). Leads ERRFU with forfeit wins over Northern Colorado and Western State.

24 (unr) William & Mary (4-1). Defeated VCU 27-0 and secured #2 VRU seed to MARFUs.

25 (unr) Arizona (4-1). Won social division of Scrum by the Sea.

25 Utah Valley (8-0). Looks to round out undefeated season against Salt Lake City Women this weekend.

Written by RUGBYMag Staff    Wednesday, 09 November 2011 16:48    PDF Print Write e-mail
South U19 Girls All-Stars Named
School Age - All-Stars

USA Rugby South U19 girls Head Coach Eric Keys has named his roster for the 2011 U19 Invitational National All-Star Championship. This squad will compete on November 19 & 20 at Oswald Park in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and will face Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, MidWest, and Southern California territories plus the U20 Women’s National Team development squad.

Twenty of the players either currently play, or have played, for a youth or high school program. This has led to an increased number of players in their freshman or sophomore year of college who have already reached the level of play necessary to compete on an all-star team. The 16 college students on this year’s team is an all-time high for USARS.

Darcy Ayers – Maryville
Kirsten Brynestad – Knoxville WRFC
Erin Casey – Clemson U
Noelle Cobb – Maryville
Amber Cook – Sebastian River HS
Cierra Davis – At-Large
Gina Deihl – Hoke County
Anel Echagaray – Miami WRFC
Catherine Eichhorn – US Naval Academy
McKenzie Hawkins – Maryville
Megan Hays – Georgia Tech U
Christina Kellerman – Indian River
Morgan Koon – Georgia Southern U
Natalie Kosko – Indian River
Chelsea Love – Knoxville WRFC
Ashley Lynn – Knoxville WRFC
Sara Macias – Hoke County
Morgan Michaud – Maryville
Nicole Rackley – Hoke County
Summer Steele – Bearden
Courtney Treco – College of Charleston
Hilari Tribble – Georgia Southern U
Lona White – Georgia Perimeter
Canterra Whysong – U of TN – Knoxville

Head Coach – Eric Keys
Assistant Coach – Kris Graziano
Assistant Coach – Jay Hawkins
Trainer – Lisa O’Donnell

Written by Alex Goff    Wednesday, 09 November 2011 14:35    PDF Print Write e-mail
Air Force Claims 8th Straight Armed Forces Title
Tournaments - Tournaments

Air Force repeated as Armed Forces Champions with a 55-7 defeat of Coast Guard in Saturday’s final.

This was the Air Force’s 8th straight championship.

Led by captain Jeremy Allen, who played despite a torn biceps, Air Force continued to follow their tough-minded, wide-open style of play.

Outside center Marcus Satavu scored 15 minutes in to put his side up 5-0, and then his midfield partner Cameron Freeman ran over just two minutes later. Jesse Swanson’s conversion made it a 12-0 Air Force lead before 20 minutes were up.

Coast Guard fought back and were on the attack inside the Air Force half when Freeman nabbed a Coastie pass and ran 60 meters for the try. With Swanson’s conversion, Air Force led 19-0.

Flyhalf John Feely made it 26-0 by halftime, but Air Force was not done.

Scrumhalf Daniel Griffen got the USAF started in the second half, and Freeman scored his fourth and fifth before Satavu and prop Bran Lemay went over.

Swanson hit five conversions, but Freeman was the scoring hero of the day, with four tries.

“I was very pleased with the performance,” said Head Coach Wayne Kinsel. “Excellent execution of the Air Force rugby game plan was one of the seven pillars my staff and I preached throughout our camp, and our guys certainly accomplished this in the final.”

Despite some impressive individual stats, Kinsel said the win was a team effort.

“The scores were set up with perfect support by the entire team,” he said. “Our rucks and set pieces were a key in securing ball possession.  We ensured to stick to our game plan and dictate field position and played most of the game in the Coast Guard's half of the pitch.”

Joining Freeman as co Man of the Match was Austin Dowling, who led the forward. Freeman, added Kinsel, didn’t just waltz over for tries. The center broke at least one tackle on every score, and was outstanding on defense as well.

This final was something of an end of an era. The Armed Forces Rugby Council have voted to change over to 7s after this year. Privately some coaches have said they don’t love the idea – these teams have been playing 15s for years – and they love the tournament as is.

“We, the Air Force team, will embrace the move and work very hard to dominate in 7s as well,” said Kinsel. “Also, the USAF has the turn to host the tournament next year.  Even though 15s is no longer going to be a part of the official Armed Forces Rugby Tournament, we plan to hold an Inter-Service 15s event to continue our annual meeting of all the ruggers who work extremely hard to make their all Service rugby team.”

The move to an Air Force base hosting the tournament makes some sad to leave Fort Benning.

“The Armed Forces Rugby Tournament is an outstanding event,” said Kinsel. “Mr. Ken Wetherill from Ft Benning's MWR staff ensures all the teams are taken care of and that the tournament is second to none.  He deserves a large applause from all the military rugby players and staff who had the chance to compete in this tournament the past four years at Ft Benning.  The Army should be proud of their irreplaceable asset in Ken.”


Team Wins Loss / Tie Points For Points Against
Air Force 4 0 147 18
Coast Guard 3 1 65 49
Navy 2 2 67 70
Army 1 3 62 111
Marine Corps 0 4 20 113

Saturday 5 November 2011
Game Time Team Score Team Score
1000 - 1130 Navy 26 Army 12

Game Time Team Score Team Score
1200 - 1330 Air Force 55 Coast Guard 7


2nd Coast Guard

3rd Navy

4th Army

5th Marine Corps


Service Position # Postion Name Rank Player Name (First, Last)
USCG 1 Loose Head Prop MK1 Sean Lindersmith
USN 2 Hooker ENS/01 Athanasios Varvoutis
USAF 3 Tight Head Prop Capt Brian Lemay
USA 4 2nd Row 1st LT Jonathan Brown
USA 5 2nd Row Capt Kip Randall
USCG 6 Flanker MST2 Scott Baumgartner
USA 7 Flanker 1st LT Aaron Olsen
USAF 8 8-Man Lt Eric Duechle
USN 9 Scrum Half AWSAN Nick Flynn
USAF 10 Fly Half Lt John Feely
USN 11 Wing MMFN Gerald Roettger
USAF 12 Center SSgt Cameron Freeman
USCG 13 Center ET2 John Leo
USA 14 Wing SSgt Eddie Carr
USCG 15 Fullback LT Callan Robbins

Honorable Mentions

Service Rank Player Name (First, Last)
USAF SSgt David Davis
USAF Capt John Lockard
USAF SSgt Marcus Satavu
USN LT Jeffrey Brill
USN LT Kevin White
USMC SSgt George Moleni
USMC Capt Michael Hlad
USA SPC Jayson Weir

Air Force Rugby Team Staff

Major Wayne C. Kinsel, 51 CES, Osan Air Base, ROK (Head Coach)

Lieutenant Colonel Robert Sullivan, 96 MDG, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida (Team Doc)

Captain Anthony Ewers, 99 AS, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland (Asst Coach)

First Lieutenant Marc R. Ward, AFOTEC Det 4, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado (Asst Coach)

Technical Sergeant Steven E. Bowden, Det 3, 342 TRS, Hurlburt Field, Florida (Team Manager)

Mr. Mark Young, (Civilian) Ft. Benning, Georgia (Team Manager)

Major Robert V. Reinebach, 9 OG/DET5, 489RS, Beale Air Force Base, California (Pack Coach)


Air Force Rugby Team Roster

Major Zachary G. Davidson, 927 OSF, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida

Captain James F. Arthur, AFIT, Naval Post Graduate School, California

Captain Brandon C. Conyers, ESC?HGBI, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts

Captain Ryan M. Dombrock, 10 CWS, Hurlburt Field, Florida

Captain John P. Feely, USAFA/DFM, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado

Captain Daniel P. Griffin, 819 Red Horse, Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana

Captain Brian J. Lemay, USAFA HQ/DFM, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado

Captain John R. Lockard, 909 ARS/DORT, Kadena Air Base, Japan

Captain Joseph T. Schwab, 97 OSS, Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma

Captain Peter M. Smith, 392 TRS, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California

Captain Nathan C. Terrazone, ESC/HSIG, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts

First Lieutenant Richie Amisone, 28 CPTS, Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota

First Lieutenant Austin W. Dowling, AFIT, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio

First Lieutenant Eric M. Duechle, SMC/GPGN, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California

Second Lieutenant Carson C. Cleveland, 2 SOPS, Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado

Second Lieutenant Nick J. Goirigolzarri, 4 SOPS, Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado

Second Lieutenant Jesse P. Swanson, Det 3 342 TRS, Hurlburt Field, Florida

Senior Master Sergeant Jeremy M. Allen, 513 AMXS, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma  (Team Captain)

Master Sergeant Jammey C. Tipper-Booth, 100 OSS, RAF Mildenhall, England

Technical Sergeant Nicholas M. Conner, 566 EMXS, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia

Technical Sergeant Dustin K. Ballingham, 419 FW/RS, Hill Air Force Base, Utah

Staff Sergeant David H. Davis, DET 2, 1WS, Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii

Staff Sergeant Cameron Z. Freeman, 569 USFP, Vogelweh Air Station, Germany

Staff Sergeant Alresch A. Jayawardena, 105 TROKC, Stewart Air National Guard, New York

Staff Sergeant Marvin L. Mays III, 33 TRS, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas

Senior Airman Aaron R. Morrill, 25 OWS/WXS, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona

Senior Airman Erik M. Hartley, 182 AW, Peoria Air National Guard, Illinois

Senior Airman Marcus E. Satavu, 325 ACS, Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida

Airman First Class Joseph c. Senteno, 2 CPTS, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana


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