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NSCRO Finals This Weekend

The National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) along with its Video Partner, BC Productions and its Media Partners: The City of Virginia Beach, World Rugby Shop, Rugby Magazine, USA Sevens LLC and The City of Glendale/Infinity Park are pleased to bring you the 2011 NSCRO Men's Division 3 Championship on April 30-May 1. The event is hosted by the Norfolk Blues and coordinated under the leadership of Matt Robinette, City of Virginia Beach Sports Marketing Events Supervisor. These Championships are run by NSCRO to recognize the efforts of the dedicated players and coaches of small college rugby programs.

For more information about our Media Partners, please go to: http://www.eteamz.com/NSCRO/sponsors/.

For venue details, please go to: http://www.bluesrugby.org/ncbrfc/nscro/index.html as well as referring to www.nscro.org for the latest NSCRO news.

Competing Teams
Region 1 Champion - Salve Regina University, Newport, RI (New England RFU)
Region 2 Champion - Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA (Southern California RFU)
Region 3 Champion - Longwood University, Farmville, VA (Virginia RU)
Region 4 Champion - Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY (New York State RC)

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NSCRO Men DIII Bracket



These teams are all true small colleges (viewed by NSCRO as undergraduate enrollments of 3000 students or less by gender) with approx. male enrollments at Salve Regina of 600, Longwood of 1400, Ithaca at 2800 and Occidental at 900.

Longwood is making its third appearance in the Championship having finished 3rd in both 2007 and 2009 and Head Coach John Graham has the team ready for a run at the National title. Salve Regina finished 4th in 2009 losing to Longwood and is looking to better its performance this year under new Head Coach, Mike Martin. It will be quite the battle when Salve plays Longwood in the opening semifinal match. Both Occidental and Ithaca are making their first appearance in the Championship. Both teams are very well coached. Annemarie Farrell (Ithaca) and Jeremy Castro (Occidental) will definitely have their players ready for their semifinal matchup. Occidental qualified in the inaugural NSCRO Western Region. NSCRO expanded its participating clubs from approx. 100 in 2009-10 season to 135 clubs in the 2010-11 competitive season by including small college D3 clubs from the Heart of America, Great Plains, Minnesota, Texas and Southern California Rugby Unions.

Schedule
Sat. April 30
11AM - NSCRO Semifinal #1 - Salve Regina University (Region 1) vs. Longwood University (Region 3)
1:30PM - NSCRO Semifinal #2 - Ithaca College (Region 4) vs. Occidental College (Region 2)
3:30PM - USA Rugby Div 1 Playoff Match - Norfolk Blues vs. Long Island

Sun. May 1
11AM - NSCRO Consolation
1PM - NSCRO Championship

Video Coverage
NSCRO video partner BC Productions (www.bcproductionsdc.com), will be providing the professional video coverage of this event. The match commentators will be USAR Women's National Team standout Phaidra Knight and Matt Robinette an experienced player, coach, administrator and rugby referee. Jacqueline Baires will provide sideline reporting, interviews with coaches, etc.  Each NSCRO match will be available on DVD. For information about purchasing DVDs, please contact Steve Cohen at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Free Web Streaming
Thanks to the support of its Partners, all NSCRO matches will available free for public viewing via Web Streaming. To watch the matches, please go to : www.livestream.com/bcproductionsdc. We also expect to stream it live at www.nscro.org.

Please contact NSCRO President Steve Cohen at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for additional information about the NSCRO.

The National Small College Rugby Organization LLC (NSCRO) was co-founded in 2007 by Steve Cohen and Chip Auscavitch. For more information about NSCRO, please visit www.nscro.org.