Alfred University

01/23/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/23/2018 09:01

Alfred Rugby nationally ranked

ALFRED, NY - The Alfred men's rugby team is ranked 18th in the recently-released National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) Top 40 poll.

Alfred, a club team made up of students from Alfred University and Alfred State College, is tied for the 18th spot with Paul Smith's College. Alfred beat Paul Smith's for the NSCRO Upstate Championship on Nov. 4 before falling in a rematch two weeks later in at the NSCRO Northeast Region Championships.

The Alfred men's rugby team has enjoyed one of the most successful seasons in program's 32-year history, finishing the 2017-18 season with a 9-2 record and claiming the program's first-ever NSCRO Upstate championship.

After claiming a regional qualifying matchup against SUNY Maritime on Nov. 11, Alfred advanced to the four-team Northeast Regional Championships Nov. 18-19 in North Adams, MA. Alfred was looking to win a regional crown and thus earn its first-ever berth in the NSCRO National Championships, held in the spring. However, the team lost to Maine-Farmington in the first round of regional play before ending the year with the loss to Paul Smith's in the third-place match.