Seahawks flying to Colorado for nationals
NEWPORT, R.I. - Salve Regina University men's rugby will travel the longest distance among the final four schools competing for the National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) this weekend in Glendale, Colo.
The Seahawks, facing Franciscan University in the first semifinal on Saturday (3 p.m. ET), are making their second straight appearance in the NSCRO national championships. Last Spring, Salve Regina competed in the NSCRO final four in Virginia Beach, Va., suffering a semifinal loss to host Longwood before beating Ithaca in the third-place game.
Salve Regina advanced to this weekend's national semifinals by first winning the New England Rugby Football Union (NERFU) title on November 13 (22-19 over Tufts) and then the Region 1 - NorthEast championship on November 19 (34-33 over Molloy). See the complete 2011-12 playoff bracket here.
The NSCRO is pleased to announce that the semifinal matches of its 2012 National Men's Division 3 Championship will be broadcast on FOX Soccer Plus. The semifinals will premier on FOX Soccer Plus on Tuesday, May 1 at 9 p.m. ET and 12 a.m. ET (May 2) with an encore presentation on May 2 at 6 a.m. ET for the first semifinal and on May 3 at 6 a.m. ET for the second semifinal.
The third place match and championship final on Sunday, plus both semis, will be available live at www.nscro.org and both live and on demand at www.usarugby.org (also available at http://www.salveathletics.com/sports/mrugby/livevideo).
The NSCRO National Championship is making its inaugural appearance at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado. Infinity Park is the first municipally owned rugby-specific stadium in the United States and is the premier rugby facility in the country.
Schedule of Matches
Saturday April 28
3 p.m. ET - Franciscan University (Steubenville, Ohio - 1,447 miles) vs. Salve Regina University (Newport, R.I. - 1,988 miles)
5 p.m. ET - University of North Florida (Jacksonville, Fla. - 1,782 miles) vs. California Maritime Academy (Vallejo, Calif. - 1,247 miles)
Sunday April 29
1 p.m. ET: 3rd Place
3 p.m. ET: Final
In addition to the television coverage of Saturday's matches, all four matches will be streamed live on usarugby.org as well as on UStream.tv for free public viewing. Details on the Ustream.tv channel will be provided on the NSCRO website including a direct feed of the matches in progress. Saturday's coverage will feature multiple cameras and Sunday's final and third place matches will be a single-camera production with commentary.
For additional information about the NSCRO, please visit our website at www.nscro.org or contact Steve Cohen at firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information about Infinity Park, go towww.ipglendale.com.