LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. – The No. 1 nationally ranked Endicott club men's rugby team defeated Monroe College, 74-10, in the semifinals on Saturday and No. 3 Salve Regina, 64-15, in the finals on Sunday to win the 2018 National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) Northeast Region Championship this weekend.
With the pair of wins, Endicott will now represent the Northeast Region in the NSCRO Champions Cup on April 26-28, 2019. Meanwhile, for his efforts in both games this weekend, Jackson Thiebes (Manchester, Mass.) was named the NSCRO Northeast Region Championship Most Valuable Player.
"It feels great that we are going to the Final Four! We started off slowly against Monroe College, but rolled in the second half en route to our 74-10 victory. The Man of the Match against Monroe was Spencer Vinton (Lyndonville, Vt.) for scoring his first and second tries of the season," said Endicott club men's rugby head coach Dave Kenkel. "On Sunday, we started off slowly again but then played our best rugby of the season. The boys played with passion and purpose! Thanks again to our fans braving the cold. Our Men of the Match versus Salve Regina were our sophomore Mike and Ike duo of Matthew Gash-Gilder (Kalispell, Mont.) and Zachary Nadeau (Rutland, Mass.)."
(Photo Credit - Endicott men's rugby)