BEVERLY, Mass. – The Endicott club men's rugby team has been ranked second overall in the final National Small College Rugby Organization's (NSCRO) regular season men's rugby 15s Top-30 Coaches Poll.
The top squad in the final poll of the fall season is Christendom College (Front Royal, Virginia), who finished the season with a 9-0 record and received five first place votes.
In the previous poll, Christendom was ranked #3, but thanks to a dominant performance in the 2018 NSCRO Men's 15s Mid-Atlantic South Region Championship in Raleigh, North Carolina the weekend of December 2nd and 3rd, the Crusaders jumped two spots. Christendom defeated then-#6 Loyola University Maryland in the semifinal 23-7, and then-#4 The Catholic University of America in the final, 43-24.
Endicott College placed second in the NSCRO Top 30 Coaches Poll, with a 10-0 record and three first place votes. St. John's University was third, Catholic University fourth, and Salve Regina University finished fifth.
The NSCRO Coaches Poll for Men's Clubs was conducted weekly throughout the 2018 regular season using a panel of head coaches from NSCRO schools. The panel of coaches represents all four NSCRO regions. Each coach submits a Top 25 with a first-place vote worth 25 points, second place 24, and so on down to 1 point for 25th place. The final fall weekly poll was expanded from 25 to 30 to reflect all the final coaches' votes.
(Photo Credit - Mike Conners)