CRC 7s Qualification 2024

To: All Tri-State Teams
Re: CRC 7s Qualification – Spring 2024
Please see the pathways for the CRC 7s Championships this Spring.
The Tri-State Conference 7s Championships 2024 will be structured as follows:
Men – A Small College bracket. The winner will advance to the CRC event. (USMMA is the only DII Men’s program so it will need to attend a Qualifier Tournament to attempt to qualify.)
Women – A Division II bracket and a Small College bracket – the winner of each will advance to the CRC event.
DII Teams: Columbia, Fairfield, Marist, Vassar, Rensselaer, Stony Brook, Montclair, Rutgers, TCNJ & Fordham.
Small College Teams: Hofstra, Molloy, Maritime, Drew, New Paltz & Siena.
Teams should note that there are just a few At-Large slots so there is an outside chance of a runner-up getting an opportunity.
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From: Pat Clifton <>
Date: Tue, Nov 28, 2023 at 7:45 PM
Subject: CRC Qualification
Commissioners and coaches, 

Hope the holidays are treating you well. I wanted to check in regarding the spring 7s calendar and qualification pathways to the Collegiate Rugby Championship, April 26-28, 2024 at the Maryland Soccerplex in Boyds, MD. All of this will eventually be on the website after our team gets through the 15s championships. But I know there are lots of teams planning now, and you all need to be planning your 7s conference championships if you haven’t been already, so I wanted to arm you with the information to do that. Apologies for the cumbersome email.  
We have a couple of significant changes this year, one being the men will play Friday and Saturday ONLY, and the women will play Saturday and Sunday ONLY. Another big change is streamlining the size and nature of our divisions. The Men’s Premier Cup will remain 32 teams, and every other division will now be a 16-team bracket, a la the Women’s Premier Cup. We think this aligned competitive structure will make for a better overall experience for everyone and be much easier to follow.
As announced earlier this month, the qualification pathways are set. Below is the list of each conference with an AQ bid by division. Please plan to crown your conference champion by no later than Sunday April 14, 2024, as that is the deadline. Please submit your conference championship information to this form by Friday January 12th. 
That form is also where ALL tournaments should be submitted to get onto the NCR Master Schedule. When it comes down to deciding those at-large bids, the selection committee will ONLY consider tournaments on the NCR Master Schedule. So please share this link with your teams so they can make sure all their results count.  
Please do not hesitate to hit me with any questions or clarifications whatsoever.  
Women’s Premier Cup AQ Conferences (All other bids are at-large)
Big Ten
Rugby Northeast

Women’s D1AA AQ Conferences (All other bids are at-large)
Big Ten

Women’s D2 AQ Conferences (All other bids are at-large)
Great Lakes
Great Waters/Northern Lights
Ohio Valley
High Peaks
Rugby Northeast
Upstate New York

Women’s Small College AQ Conferences (All other bids are at-large)
Colonial Coast
Great Lakes
Great Waters/Northern Lights
Ohio Valley
Prairie States
Rugby Northeast
Upstate New York

Men’s Premier Cup AQ Conferences
Big Rivers
Big Ten
Rugby East
Men’s Premier Open Qualifiers
Sunshine 7s February 24 Confirmed Men’s University of Florida Gainesville, FL
Frostbite 7s March 2 Confirmed Men’s Hempfield High School Lancaster, PA
Crimson Storm Classic March 2 Confirmed Men’s Southern Nazarene University Bethany, OK
Terrapins 7s March 9 Confirmed Men’s University of Maryland College Park, MD
Kansas City Collegiate Invitational March 16 Confirmed Men’s KC Current Training Facility Kansas City, MO
Fighting Irish Invitational March 23 Confirmed Men’s Stinson Rugby Field Notre Dame, IN
Monumental 7s April 6 Confirmed Men’s Veterans Memorial Stadium Quincy, MA
Cherry Blossom April 13 Confirmed Men’s Liberty Sports Park Washington, D.C.
Men’s D1AA AQ Conferences (All other bids are at-large)
Big Ten
Men’s D2 AQ Conferences (All other bids are at-large)
Deep South
Great Lakes
Great Midwest
High Peaks
New England Wide
Northern Lights
Men’s Small College AQ Conferences 
Colonial Coast

Men’s Small College Open Qualifiers

Northwest Small College National Qualifier March 23 Confirmed Men’s Western Oregon University Monmouth, OR
Calfornia Small College National Qualifier April 6 Confirmed Men’s Cal Maritime Vallejo, CA
Rockies Small College National Qualifier TBC Proposed Men’s TBC TBC TBC
Midwest-North Small College National Qualifier April 13 Confirmed Men’s Wisconsin Rugby Sports Complex Cottage Grove, WI
Midwest-East Small College National Qualifier March 23 Confirmed Men’s Fortress Obetz Obetz, OH
Mid-Atlantic Small College National Qualifier April 6 Confirmed Men’s TBC Pittsburgh, PA
Southeast Small College National Qualifier April 13 Confirmed Men’s East Carolina University Greenville, N.C.
New York Small College National Qualifier April 7 Confirmed Men’s Niagara University Buffalo, NY
New England Small College National Qualifier April 6 Confirmed Men’s TBC Boston, MA

Thank you,

Pat Clifton
NCR 7s Director

Fall 2023 Conference Winners

For Immediate Release

College Rugby

Monday November 6th, 2023

Tri-State Teams crowns Conference winners for Fall 2023

Congratulations to the Tri-State Conference Champions 2023 and to the teams that earned postseason berths and are headed to National playoffs.

WOMEN – Division II

Columbia University finished the season unbeaten and in a thriller of a final against the Vassar College Women they won 31-22 at Baker Field in New York City. Both teams head to the regional round of the National Collegiate Rugby (NCR) Championship and in addition Fairfield University gained an At-Large bid so the top 3 teams in the Tri-State advanced.

East Regional

Columbia will face the US Coast Guard Academy and if successful will then take on the University of New Hampshire or Roger Williams University.

South Regional

Vassar take on Coastal Carolina and if successful will meet either Temple or Syracuse.


Fairfield face the defending NCR Champiions the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and if successful will play the University of Cincinnati or Grand Valley State University.


Illinois v Bowling Green & LSU v Colorado Mines

WOMEN – Small College

Siena College won the Tri-State Small College title and together with the runner-up Hofstra University head to regionals on November 11 & 12 for the NCR playoffs.  Siena will take on Colby College in Henniker, NH while Hofstra face Lee University in the South Regional.

MEN – Division II

USMMA, Kings Point is the Tri-State Division II Men’s Champion and they play in the first round of the NCR Playoffs against the University of Vermont this Saturday, November 11, 2023 at UVM.

MEN – Small College

Vassar College Men defeated Hofstra University 47-31 at Hofstra to take the Small College title. Vassar will compete on Saturday and Sunday November 11 & 12 against Holy Cross, SUNY-Brockport, Endicott or Roger Williams for a spot in the round of 16.  It is hoped that Vassar will host this 4 team playoff (to be confirmed). Hofstra head to Penn State-Berks for a Bowl game against the hosts Penn State-Berks on November 18th, 2023.

Let’s hope all the Tri-State Teams advance – please send your results to the Conference (


TS Postseason & 7s – Fall 2023

For Immediate Release

College Rugby

Tri-State Conference Playoffs Fall 2023 & Developmental 7s Championship
In close games this past weekend Columbia University Women and Vassar College Women advanced to the Tri-State Conference Championship game. Columbia defeated Rutgers and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute while Vassar accounted for Stony Brook University and Fairfield University.
Tri-State Conference Playoffs
Quarterfinals 10/28/23
Columbia University 89 v 0 Rutgers University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 27 v 14 Marist College
Fairfield University 29 v 5 Montclair State University
Vassar College 65 v 0 Stony Brook University
Semifinals 10/29/23
Columbia University 19 v 0 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Vassar College 27 v 12 Fairfield University
Final 11/5/23
11:00 am Vassar College at Columbia University – Baker Sports Complex
Tri-State Men & Postseason
USMMA, Kings Point advance as the Tri-State Division II Champion and will play in a first round NCR playoff game against probably the University of Vermont.
In Tri-State Division III semifinal action Hofstra University Men defeated Seton Hall University Men 24-12 while the Vassar College Men squeaked past SUNY-Maritime 19-17. Hofstra and Vassar will face off next weekend and then head to NCR postseason play.
Developmental 7s – Annandale-on- Hudson 10/28 & 10/29, 2023
Bard College hosted a 7s Tournament for 6 men’s teams and the final saw Drew prevail against SUNY-New Paltz. The Tri-State teams have been battling to rebuild their rosters since the Covid-19 pandemic and the loss of the 2020-21 season. Many programs have not had enough players to field 15-a-side games so the default has been 7s or 10s. Kudos to all these 6 teams for playing rugby this fall and it is hoped that come next fall everyone of them will be back to playing 15s each weekend. Special thanks to RRSNY referees David Mowen and Brian Wolf for covering all the games.
Bard 0-29 New Paltz
Montclair State 5- 5 Oneonta
New Paltz 5- 14 Drew
Molloy 5-0 Oneonta
Drew 26- 0 Bard
Montclair 17-  0 Molloy
Semi finals
Drew 28- 0 Molloy
New Paltz 12- 0 Montclair State
Drew 22- 10 New Paltz

Women’s Tri-State Quarterfinals

Tri-State Conference Playoffs
Quarterfinals 10/28/23
Columbia University 89 v 0 Rutgers University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 27 v 14 Marist College
Fairfield University 29 v 5 Montclair State University
Vassar College 65 v 0 Stony Brook University
Semifinals 10/29/23
Columbia University v Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Vassar College v Fairfield University
Final 11/5/23
Winners of the semifinal games

Women’s Conference Championship Matchups

For Immediate Release
College Rugby
Tri-State Conference Fall 2023 Playoffs
Poughkeepsie, NY
Sunday October 22, 2023
Playoff Brackets for the Conference Championship 2023.
Click on the link:
Division II
Following this weekend’s results the North Division teams are seeded 1-5 according to their regular season finish. 1. Columbia University 2. Vassar College 3. Fairfield University 4. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 5. Marist College.
The top 3 teams outside of the North Division are:
1. Montclair State 3-1-0 15 points
2. Stony Brook University 3-1-0 15 points
3. Rutgers University 3-2-0 14 points
Therefore, this Saturday, the Tri-State Conference Quarterfinal match-ups will be:
Saturday, October 28th, 2023
QF 1 Columbia University hosting Rutgers University
QF 2 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute hosting Marist College
QF 3 Fairfield University hosting Montclair State University
QF 4 Vassar College hosting Stony Brook University
Please contact your opponent and set the games up.
Sunday October 29th, 2023
Winner of QF 1 plays Winner of QF 2 (higher seed is the home team)
Winner of QF 3 plays Winner of QF 4 (higher seed is the home team)
Sunday October 29th, 2023
Small College Division
SF 1 Siena College host Drew University
SF 2 Hofstra University hosts Molloy College
Please contact your opponent and set the game up.
(845) 380-9052

Women’s NCR Postseason

Check the Playoffs section of this website or go to for postseason details.

1. Conference Champions and Playoff Qualification: If your conference is receiving an AQ bid to any division, please connect Kelsea or myself to their best team contacts the moment they are qualified either via a points system or conference championship. The sooner we can begin teams through the eligibility check process, booking hotels, etc the better.  All teams attending Regionals will need to have an approved Player Eligibility Verification (PEV) Form available on the NCR Resources page submitted to upon qualifying to attend. Please always be sure to use the website version as it’s the most updated version. 

If conferences wish to submit a second team to playoffs, or teams would like to individually submit to be an at large team that is due by October 21st using this form.
Please review the competition structures here for all divisions – matchups with kick off times by region will be confirmed in the first week of November. 
2. BOAR Tournament: If your teams want to get more rugby in the late fall, apply now for a post season grant up to $750 reimbursed cost for an end of season tournament. I’ve a had few people ask if anyone else was throwing one, so don’t be shy. If you have a venue available, host something. It can be 7s, 10s, 15s, motley sides, whatever you want as long as 4 non playoff teams are in attendance we will reimburse you for awards, referees, and medical costs. We realize only so many teams can qualify for playoffs, but NCR still wants to support more minutes in November/December for all teams so rally the troops and play. 
3. Friday Night Rugby: Please tune in tonight for our second featured women’s match at 7:30 pm EST with a small college clash St. Bonaventure v Niagara, and our final will be in a few weeks with Purdue v Notre Dame on 10/27. It’s important that we support each other in our effort to have college rugby in front of more eyeballs turn it on, and give it a watch. 
4. All Stars: Big email about it went out about 2 weeks ago, but a reminder to please have your current coaching staff complete this form by Sunday 10/15 for event registration. This info is how we’re going to get the ball rolling so if you are not the best POC please forward this to whoever is going to run the program so we can be in touch. At this time, any and all inquiries regarding the event, kit, hotel links, and so on should be directed towards TC at 
If you have any other questions/comments/concerns at this time please reach out to Kelsea or myself and we’ve be happy to help you with whatever. 
Angela Smarto

Angela Smarto, M.Ed.  (she/her)

NCR Director of Women’s Rugby & DI and DII Commissioner
(c) 412-606-0087, best available after 3pm EST on weekdays

Results for the Weekend of 10/14 & 10/15, 2023

Results 10/14/23 & 10/15/23
Saturday October 14, 2023
Hofstra Men at Hartford Men (15s) – game cancelled
Fairfield Men Dev. 15 at 32 Vassar Men (15s) (1 bonus point for Vassar)
Columbia Women 33 at 10 RPI Women (15s) (1 bonus point for Columbia)
Fairfield Women 0 at 48 Vassar Women (15s) (1 bonus point for Vassar)
Sunday October 15, 2023
Maritime Men 7 at 62 USMMA Men (15s) (1 bonus point for USMMA)
Seton Hall Men 25 at 19 New Paltz Men (15s) (1 bonus point for New Paltz)
Oneonta Men & WPU Men at MSU (7s) – 7s games do not count in the standings.
Drew Men & Bard Men at Mollov Men (7s)
Molloy 12 v 0 Bard (7s)
Drew 26 v 7 Bard (7s)
Molloy 17 v 12 Drew (7s)
Drew 19 v 12 Bard (7s)
Molloy 17 v 5 Drew (7s)
Montclair Women 60 at 21 Drew Women (15s game) (1 bonus point for Montclair)
Fordham Women 22 at 55 Rutgers Women (15s) (1 bonus point for Rutgers)
Stony Brook Women 100 at 3 New Paltz Women (15s) (1 bonus point for Stony Brook)
Hofstra Women 69 at 12 Molloy Women (15s) (1 bonus point to Hofstra)
TCNJ Women 12 at 48 Marist Women (1 bonus point for Marist)
Siena Women at Maritime Women (7s) – cancelled

Men’s Postseason

To:  All  Men’s Teams in the Tri-Satte Conference
Blue Division: USMMA, Hofstra, Maritime.
USMMA are the only Division II team in the Tri-State Conference. But in order to give them games we scheduled Hofstra and Maritime to play them.
At the conclusion of regular season play USMMA advances to a play-in game in the NCR Division II playoffs. 
Green Division: Seton Hall, Vassar, New Paltz, Fairfield Dev. XV, Drew, Molloy, Montclair/WPU, Oneonta, Bard.
Hofstra and Maritime move to the semifinals of the Tri-State Conference Small College Championship. The top 2 teams from the Green Division will play in those semifinals.
Teams that have played 15s games will be the first considered since it is a 15s Championship and the 2 teams with the highest standing will advance.
The seeding for the semifinals is shown on the website together with the hosting details. Semifinal home venues are awarded to the top placed team of Hofstra and Maritime, and the top team from the Green Division.
NCR postseason follows in November.

Game results as of 9-24-23

Tri-State Conference
Collegiate Rugby
Results – Fall 2023
N.B. * denotes bonus point for a team & only Conference  Divisional games count in the 15s Standings
Saturday September 16, 2023
Hofstra 10 v 31 Siena Women * (15s) – Conference game
Saturday September 23, 2023
Hofstra Men B 30 at 15 Fairfield University Men Dev. XV (10s) – Friendly
Hofstra Men A 14 v 12 Quinnipiac Men (15s) – Friendly
Vassar Women * 34 at 5 RPI Women (15s) – Conference game
SBU Women 5 at 38 Fairfield Women (15s) – Friendly
Rutgers Women 7 at 20 Siena Women (15s) – Friendly
Sunday September 24, 2023
Marist Women 0 at 44 Columbia Women * (15s) – Conference game
TCNJ Women at MSU Women – postponed (Covid) – Conference game
Fordham Women * 24 at 19 Drew Women * (15s) – Friendly
Maritime Women 0 at 34 Fairfield Women B (10s) – Friendly
Molloy Women at New Paltz Women – postponed (waterlogged field) – Conference game
USMMA Men * 43 at 3 Maritime Men * (15s) – Conference game
Seton Hall Men 0 at 39 Vassar Men * (15s) – Conference game
Bard Men 0 v 22 New Paltz Men (7s) – Friendly
Oneonta Men 10 v 10 New Paltz Men (7s) – Friendly
Bard Men 5 v 24 New Paltz Men (7s) – Friendly
Oneonta Men 0 v New Paltz Men 17 (7s) – Friendly
Drew Men 5 v 7 Molloy Men (7s) – Friendly
Montclair State Men A 5 v Molloy Men A 19 (7s) – Friendly
Drew Men A 12 v  15 Montclair State Men A (7s) – Friendly
Molloy Men 43 v 0 Montclair State Men B (7s) – Friendly
Drew Men 40 v 0 Montclair State Men B (7s) – Friendly

Conference Dues & NCR Registration

Tri-State Conference Dues & National Collegiate Rugby Dues
For the 2023-24 Season each team in the Tri-State Conference pays dues to the Conference of $500 dollars.
In addition to that each team must register with National Collegiate Rugby (NCR) and each individual player must register.
Here is a breakdown of what the funds are used for…
NCR Team fee and player fees
NCR is solely focused on the collegiate game and 100% of dues are invested in membership services and growing collegiate rugby.
Marketing & Promotion

NCR aggressively promotes our competitions and member accomplishment to elevate the sport of rugby with administrators, fans and the general public.  We have a comprehensive digital marketing program that integrates social media, web and email.
  • We reach over 12 million social media accounts and engage with 2 million accounts annually.
  • Over 500,000 fans watch NCR matches via YouTube and our streaming partners.
  • One million people visit and each year.
Administration & Insurance
  • Advanced registration, scheduling and competition management tools through the SportsEngine platform.
  • Custom liability and accident insurance that covers members when competing against all college programs in the U.S and internationally.
  • Comprehensive eligibility policy and governance to ensure fair play and parity for our member schools.
The Tri-State Conference dues are used for…
An annual payment to the Referees Societies of Met NY and Upstate NY to facilitate referee training and development ($175);
Subsidizing teams that are poorly supported by their club sports office with transportation and referee payments as well as playoff support;
Balls and equipment as determined at the AGM each year;
Athletic Trainers, referees and fields for post season play.
Please register your team and players so that everyone has insurance coverage.
Thank you.