BEVERLY, Mass. — For the second time in her illustrious career, Nicole McCardle (Castleton, Vt.) has been named a National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) All-American. It was announced by the organization earlier today.
McCardle is joined on the NSCRO All-America list by 24 other student-athletes who were picked by the NSCRO selection committee. This year's list is comprised of three freshmen, six sophomores, eight juniors, seven seniors, and one graduate student.
Meanwhile, McCardle, who also earned All-America honors last season, led the Gulls to a 31-7 overall record, an appearance in the Colonial Coast Rugby Conference (CCRC) Championship, and a third place finish in the NSCRO Women's 7's National Championship.
Individually, McCardle competed in the Cianci 7's Memorial Collegiate Tournament, was selected to the CCRC All-Star 7's Squad, earned a spot in the Las Vegas Invitational, was invited to the NSCRO 15's Select Side Camp, and earned both NSCRO 7's and 15's All-Star accolades.
YEAR IN REVIEW
Endicott posted a 31-7 overall record and earned third place honors in the NSCRO 7's National Championship along with being ranked as high as No. 16 in the NSCRO Top-20 rankings. The 31 wins on the season are the most in program history and are a six-win improvement from last season.
ABOUT NATIONAL SMALL COLLEGE RUGBY ORGANIZATION
Since 2007, the National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) has been at the forefront of fostering and developing small college rugby programs in the United States. NSCRO is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing services to small college programs that raise the profile, image, and benefits of collegiate rugby in the eyes of school administrators.
Comprised of nearly 400 men's and women's college rugby clubs who participate in more than 30 leagues, NSCRO provides an opportunity for these programs to showcase their abilities to a broader audience with a chance at a national title and ranking. Along with recognizing club and player success on and off the field, the increased visibility NSCRO creates has led to improved school support, greater on-campus interest in rugby, and growth in financial support and alumni involvement.
(Photo Credit - Mike Conners)