Cal U plays Nov. 9 in Missouri in the team's first appearance in the tournament.
UPDATE: Though they trailed by just four points late in the first half, Cal U’s Men’s Rugby Team was eliminated in the semifinals of the National Small College Rugby Organization’s Central Region Challenge Cup Championships by defending national champion Wisconsin Stevens Point.
“We hung in for a while but Wisconsin Stevens Point just had too much for us and pulled away,” said Cal coach Bill Marnell ’09. “However making it to the regional championship tournament for the first time was a significant achievement and we will learn and improve from this experience.”
For the first time in program history, Cal U’s Men’s Rugby Team will compete in the National Small College Rugby Organization’s Central Region Challenge Cup Championships in Columbia, Mo.
Cal U will open play by facing the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point in a semifinal match at noon Nov. 9 at the Scott Boulevard Rugby Fields, home of tourney host Columbia Rugby Football Club.
The winner of that game will meet the winner of the Lee University (Cleveland, Tenn.) and Wayne State College (Neb.) semifinal for the Central Region Challenge Cup championship at 2 p.m. Nov. 10.
Coached by alumnus Bill Marnell ´09, the Vulcans clinched a spot in the region semifinals and will represent the NSCRO Three Rivers Conference following their 23-7 victory over Grove City on Nov. 2.
The NSCRO Challenge Cup National Championship Tournament will take place on April 25-26 at a location to be announced. Along with the Central other regions include Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and PacWest.
For more information visit www.nscro.org.