BEVERLY, Mass. – Endicott men's rugby student-athletes Matthew Gash-Gilder (Kalispell, Mont.), Zachary Nadeau (Rutland, Mass.), and Jackson Thiebes (Manchester, Mass.) have received postseason honors from the National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO), as announced by the league yesterday. Gash-Gilder and Thiebes were named NSCRO All-Americans, while Nadeau was tabbed to the Rising Stars Team.
Gash-Gilder, Nadeau, and Thiebes were all selected for their postseason honors after the NSCRO sifted through nominations submitted to the organization, which also included reports from NSCRO scouts at its playoff and All-Star National Championship. There are over 6,500 active men's collegiate student-athletes in the NSCRO, many of which were nominated.
The 25 All-America selections, which includes Gash-Gilder and Thiebes, demonstrated their skills, commitment, and physical dominance that made them stand out among their peers. Meanwhile, the NSCRO Rising Stars Team recognizes outstanding young student-athletes with emerging talents that are on the cusp of confidently ascending towards NSCRO All-America recognition.
With this week's NSCRO announcement, Thiebes is now a two-time NSCRO All-American. Thiebes is the only student-athlete in program history to claim multiple NSCRO All-America honors after he became the first All-American in program history last season when the NSCRO began its All-America and Rising Stars Team campaigns.
Meanwhile, Gash-Gilder emerged from the 2017-18 NSCRO Rising Stars Team to earn his first career All-America honor this season. Nadeau rounds out the group with his first career NSCRO Rising Stars Team selection.
YEAR IN REVIEW
Endicott finished its 2018-19 campaign with a 25-4 overall record. The Gulls, who ended the year ranked No. 6 in the final NSCRO Top-40 National Rankings, finished in fourth place overall at the NSCRO 15s Champions Cup National Championship, won the Colonial Coast Rugby Conference (CCRC) championship over then-No. 1 nationally ranked Salve Regina, 45-12, and beat the Seahawks later in the year for the NSCRO Northeast Regional championship by a 64-15 score.
(Photo Credit - Mike Connors)