Two NERFU college clubs ship up to nationals
2016-17 Men's Champions Cup / Region 1 - Northeast
In the Northeast Qualifier on Nov. 12, Tufts University (NERFU Runnerup) handed Ithaca College a 60 to 22 defeat. At the Region Championship hosted by Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, CT, Tufts edged SUNY Plattsburgh 38-32 in one semi, while the University of Maine-Orono overran SUNY New Paltz 89-7 in the other. In the 3rd place match, Playttsburg held off a second half comeback by New Paltz to win 46-31. In the final, Maine took a 7-0 halftime lead, but Tufts turned it on in the second to win 22-7 and earn its first appearance in the National Championship at Infinity Park on April 29-30, 2017.
2016-17 Men's Challenge Cup / Region 1 - East Coast
On Nov. 19-20, Mount St. Mary's University hosted the East Coast Region Championship in Emmitsburg, MD. Trinity College (NERFU) handled Alfred University (Upstate SCRC) 53-10, while Washington & Lee (Cardinals CRC) won by forfeit over Widener University (East Penn RU). Widener was unable to field a team. In the final, Washington & Lee scored first to take a 5-0 lead but Trinity tied it up 5-5 by halftime. In the second half, Trinity's backline attack and staunch defense led them to a 27 to 5 win and earn them their first appearance in the National Championship set for April 22-23, 2017 at Founders Field in Cheswick, PA.
Trinity College - 2016 NSCRO East Coast Region Champion
Tufts University - 2016 NSCRO Northeast Region Champion