• 2017 UpSCRC Championships and NSCRCO Playoffs
    Nov, 13th 2017

    The past two weekends have produced some great playoff matches for both our Conference Championships and the NSCRO Region 1 Qualifier matches.

    On 11/4/17, Paul Smith's took on Alfred for the Conference Champions Cup Championship. Clarkson and Canisius faced off for the Challenge Cup Championship. Both matches were played at O'Connor Park, the home of the Syracuse Chargers RFC.

    Clarkson outlasted Canisius, with a winning score of 15-14. By virtue of their win, Clarkson advances to the NSCRO Region 1 (East Coast) Challenge Cup Final Four, on 11/18-19/17.

    In the Conference Champions Cup division match, Alfred and Paul Smith's played a close match for the first 40 minutes. Alfred then opened up their scoring in the second half and when the final whistle blew the score was Alfred 53 - Paul Smith's 19. The win earned Alfred a home field NSCRO Qualifier match against SUNY Maritime, the Tri-State #2 team. Paul Smith's also earned a birth into the Qualifier rounds and went on the road to face Vassar, Tri-State's #1 team.

    Both Alfred and Paul Smith's played well, while representing UpSCRC in their NSCRO Qualifiers. Paul Smith's coach, Mark Buckley, reports that his team lead most of the match, until Vassar scored with about seven minutes left in the match. With little time remaining on the clock, Paul Smith's took possession of the ball in their defending try zone. They kept the ball alive, advancing it 105 yards, to score the match winning Try about 2 minutes past the end of regulation time.

    Alfred went into their match, against Maritime, with a goal of protecting their undefeated record and moving on to the Region 1 Championships. The first 20 minutes saw the teams exchanging scores, with Maritime taking a 7-5 lead. However, three unanswered scores put Alfred ahead at half time by a score of 24-7. Maritime opened the second half with a quick try, before Alfred showed their season long ability to open up the scoring. By the time the final whistle blew, Alfred protected their unblemished record with a 46-17 win.

    Alfred and Paul Smith's (Champions Cup) now join Clarkson (Challenge Cup) at the Region 1 Champions Cup Championships, scheduled for11/18-19/17 at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Art, in North Adams, MA. Match ups at MCLA are:

    Clarkson v. Washington & Lee
    Paul Smith's v. Salve Regina
    Alfred v. UMaine Farmington

  • 2017 UpSCRC 1st Round Play-off and Championships
    Oct, 28th 2017

    The top two teams in each of our two regions began the playoff season on 10/28/17. The match summary and the set up for next Saturday's Champions Cup and Challenge Cup Championships are:

    In the West, Alfred defeated Ithaca by a score of 37-15. In the North, the score for Paul Smith's and Plattsburgh was tied up 19-19 at the end of regulation time and 26-26 after the first OT period. The match was decided at the end of double OT, with Paul Smith's defeating Plattsburgh by a final score of 31 - 26.

    Following the completion of the matches, both Alfred and Paul Smith's announced that they have opted to move up to the NSCRO Champions Cup pathway, so the will meet next Saturday for our UpSCRC Champions Cup Final in Syracuse. Both of these teams will automatically move onto the NSCRO Northeast Qualifier matches on 11/11. The winner will host the Tri-State #2 team and our second place team travels to face the Tri-State #1.

    As a result of Alfred and Paul Smith's moving up, Clarkson and Canisius face each other in next w.e.'s Challenge Cup Final, also in Syracuse on 11/11. If either team decides not to advance, we'll follow the current NSCRO format and will not back fill - the other team is declared the Challenge Cup winner and thus advances.

    The UpSCRC Championship matches will be held on 11/4 at the home of the Syracuse Chargers RFC. The O'Connor Park venue is located at 301 Velasko Road, Syracuse NY 13219.

    Match schedule for the Saturday Championships will be: Noon for the Challenge Cup and 2:00 for the Champions Cup. Challenge Cup Player Check-ins will start at 10:30 a.m. and the Champions Cup Teams will check in after that but no later than half time of the Challenge Cup Match.

  • 2016 Championships and NSCRO Playoff Advancement
    Nov, 7th 2016

    On 11/5/16, the UpSCRC Championships for both the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup pathways were played at Cass Park in Ithaca. A special thanks to Annmarie Farrell and the Ithaca players for all their work and special attention to detail, in making this a memorable occasion for all players, coaches and fans.

    The day started with the Challenge Cup match between Paul Smith's and Alfred. During the past week, Paul Smith's had reassembled their team, after learning Clarkson was not going to be able to play. Both teams looked to be equally matched during the first half, with Alfred up at Half Time by a sore 15 - 8. Then Alfred then scored 4 Tries in the second half, mainly on open field breakaways, with Paul Smith’s putting up points for one Try and a Drop Goal. Alfred looks to be be tough as they gear up for the East Coast Challenge Cup Championships, on 11/19-20/16 in Maryland. During our Awards presentation, Alfred’s # 12 Nathan Auernhamer was named the Man of the Match.

    All in attendance then watched a great Champions Cup match - with the momentum going back and forth. Ithaca started the match with 3 unanswered Tries in the first 14 minutes. The teams then exchanged two Tries each going in the Half, with Ithaca leading 22-21. Plattsburgh started the second half the way Ithaca started the match, scoring on 1 Penalty Kick and 2 quick unanswered Tries. Then very late in the match Ithaca score 2 more Tries while Plattsburgh had another PK. In the end Plattsburgh came out on top of this hard fought match, by a close score of 39 -36. The Man of the Match award was presented to Plattsburgh's Scrum-Half Forrest Morgan.

    Plattsburgh and Ithaca will both join Alfred as UpSCRC representatives into the NSCRO National Playoff system. They both advance into the Northeast Champions Cup pathway. On 11/19-20/16 Plattsburgh will travel to Eastern Connecticut State as our #1 seed in the Northeast Champions Cup final four. Ithaca's path begins on 11/12/16, as they travel to Saratoga to face the yet to be determined NERFU runner up, in a Qualifier match. The winner in Saratoga will earn the fourth team berth for the for the 11/19-20/16 Championships at Eastern Connecticut. In an interesting twist, Plattsburgh is scheduled to face the Saratoga qualifying team in their first match. So if Ithaca is successful next week in Saratoga, there will be a rematch between them and Plattsburgh!

    Good Luck and Safe Travels to our all three of our NSCRO playoff bound teams

  • 2016 UpSCRC Championship Matches Set
    Oct, 29th 2016

    With the regional finals having been completed, four teams are now set to move on to the UpSCRC Championships. Ithaca College will host the UpSCRC Champions Cup and Challenge Cup finals on Saturday 11/5/16.

    In the Regional finals: Ithaca defeated Alfred by a score of 40 to 17 and Plattsburgh defeated Clarkson 43-0 (under the Conference's Mercy Rule).

    Inasmuch as Alfred and Clarkson are both designated as Challenge Cup teams, they will face each other in the Challenge Cup final at noon. Following that match Ithaca and Plattsburgh will kick off at 2:00 pm, for the overall Conference Championship.

    The signed version of the NSCRO PEV form is required for our Championships and beyond. Teams have already been advised of any necessary updates. Any team that does not submit a complete the form will be ineligible to compete.

    All four of the teams competing next weekend should now be planning for the possibility of traveling to the NSCRO playoffs over the next few weeks. The winner of our Champions Cup final will move on to play in the NSCRO Northeast Champions Cup Championship on 11/19-20/16, at Eastern Connecticut State University. The second place finisher will play the NERFU runner up at an NSCRO Qualifier match in Saratoga on 11/12/16, for the right to move onto Eastern Connecticut as the fourth qualifying team. Meanwhile the Challenge Cup Champion moves directly on to the East Coast final four at Mt. St. Mary’s in Maryland, also scheduled for 11/19-20/16. Note: The 11/12 Challenge Cup Qualifier in Saratoga was cancelled, when the Dixie Conference announced they would not be sending a team to Maryland.

  • 2016 Post Season Standings
    Oct, 10th 2016

    Regular season competition is now complete and Playoff seeding have been finalized.

    In the West region, Ithaca and Univ. of Rochester have locked in the home advantage #1 and #2 Playoff seeds respectfully. The #3 and #4 go to Alfred and St. John Fisher.

    In the North region, the top spots have been claimed by Plattsburgh and Potsdam, while Clarkson and Paul Smith's take the #3 and #4 spots. With identical 1-3 Win/Loss records and 15 points each, the home team advantage for Potsdam and Clarkson was determined by their head-to-head competition in Week #1.

    Complete seedings are posted on the website schedules.

    Teams are asked to report scores for their round #1 matches, immediately following the match. This will allow more time to post the results and finalize next round seeding.

    Teams should now be evaluating their potential UpSCRC and Championship and NSCRO playoff involvement and plan for any possible travel over the next few weeks. You are also reminded that the PEV forms should have been submitted by now - the signed version is required for our Championships and beyond. Any team that does not submit the form by then will be ineligible to compete.

  • Ithaca Capture's Grove City Seven's Qualifier
    Apr, 18th 2016

    Ithaca College and Plattsburgh State both traveled to Grove City Pennsylvania, for a 4/16/16 NSCRO Seven's Qualifying Tournament.

    Despite the long trip, they both represented UpSCRC well. After doing well in pool play both UpSCRC teams, wound up facing each other in the Championship Match. Ithaca was the winner of the Finals, by a score of 36-29.

    Ithaca's victory, moves them on to the NSCRO CRC Seven's Championships. They'll be one of eight national Qualifying teams playing at Talen Energy Park (formerly PPL Park) in Philadelphia, PA. The NSCRO Seven's Championship, is held on June 4-5, 2016 in conjunction with USA Rugby's Seven's Finals.

    Congratulation to Annmarie Farrell and the Ithaca Sevens team on their success.

  • 2016 Games Schedule Released
    Mar, 21st 2016

    The schedule for the 2016 has been released. We have a new team, Ithaca, joining us this upcoming season. They will be joining the other teams in the West. Each team in the West will have one BYE during the season. The West will have games one week after the North in order to make up for the extra team.

  • NSCRO Northeast Championships
    Nov, 22nd 2015

    On 11/21-22/15, East Connecticut Sate University hosted the Northeast Region Champions Cup Finals. These Championships are referred by many folks as the National "Sweet 16". Representing UpSCRC in Connecticut were the University of Rochester and Plattsburgh State.

    In the first match of the day, the University of Rochester faced Eastern Connecticut. U of R Captain, Ruairi Conway, reports that U of R put up "a solid fight" but couldn't overcome the power of ECSU. ECSU won the match 49-0, putting U of R into Sunday's third place match.

    Saturday's second match pitted SUNY Plattsburgh against SUNY Oneonta. The Tri-State Champion was no match for Plattsburgh, who dominated in a 86-17 victory. Plattsburgh's win moved them onto Sunday's Championship against ECSU.

    On Sunday, Rochester made up for their first round loss by handling Oneonta with a 74-12 victory. This win gave Rochester a third place finish at the NSCRO N.E. Region Championships.

    NSCRO President Steve Cohen reports that Sunday's Championship match between Plattsburgh and ECSU, came down to the final play of the match. The host team defeated a strong Plattsburgh side by a score of 24-20. Kudos go out to second place Plattsburgh, for holding the NERFU Champion to their fewest points and the lowest point differential of the Fall season. ECSU moves onto the NSCRO National Champions Cup Final Four, held on April 30- May 1, 2016 at Infinity Park in Glendale Colorado.

  • Saratoga Northeast Qualifiers
    Nov, 15th 2015

    On 11/14/15, The Upstate Small College Rugby Conference hosted the Northeast Qualifier Matches for both the Champion Cup and Challenge Cup pathways, in Saratoga, NY.

    In the first match of the day, SUNY Plattsburgh faced the University of Maine - Orono for the right to move onto next weekend's Northeast Regional Championship. The match was closely contested, with momentum changing hands a few times. Going into the final minute of the match it appeared that Maine would take home the victory. Up to that point, both teams had scored two Tries with Maine converting both, while Plattsburgh missed their conversion kicks. However, on the final play of the match, Plattsburgh's Forrest Morgan broke loose near mid-field to score the game winning Try. This hard fought match ended with a 19-17 victory for Plattsburgh, giving them the fourth spot in the Regional Championships next weekend. They will join the University of Rochester, our Conference Champion, at the Regionals - giving UpSCRC two of the four playoff spots.

    The second match, pitted Salem State against Canisius College, for the right to move onto the East Region Challenge Cup Championships in Maryland. Several recent injuries and a few academic commitments found Canisius traveling from Buffalo, with a roster of only 17 players. Salem State on the other hand, came strong and started the scoring in the first minute of the match. Two additional early Tries put them immediately in control of the match. Despite Salem's dominant performance, the Canisius players never gave up. Salem went on to a 61-12 victory and the right to represent the Northeast Region in Maryland.

  • 2015 Championship Results
    Nov, 8th 2015

    On 11/7/15 SUNY Potsdam hosted our Conference Championship matches for both the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup pathways. Both were exciting matches, that came down to the final minutes.

    In the Challenge Cup final Paul Smith's took an early lead, but Canisius shook off their travel lag to come back for the victory. Canisius won the Challenge Cup title by a score of 23-20, earning the right to play in the NSCRO Qualifier match next week in Saratoga. Canisius will face the NERFU Challenge Cup Champion for the right to move on to the NSCRO East Coast Region Championship, to be held on 12/5-6/15 at Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, MD. Paul Smith's Jason Wright, who played solid throughout the match, was awarded the Man of the Match trophy.

    Plattsburgh and the University of Rochester, then faced off in the UpSCRC Championship Cup Final match. Plattsburgh scored early and looked to have control of the match. However, Rochester fought back and the lead changed hands several times. Rochester's Laron White broke to the outside and scored a try in the final minute of the match; giving Rochester the 40-39 victory. Plattsburgh's Forrest Morgan, who set the tone of this high scoring match, was awarded the Man of the Match trophy. Rochester will advance to the NSCRO Northeast Championships at Eastern Connecticut State University on 11/21-22/15. Plattsburgh will play the NERFU Runner Up in Saratoga next weekend, for the right to move on as the fourth team in the Championships at Eastern Connecticut.

  • 2015 Championships Start
    Nov, 1st 2015

    The Regional Playoffs have been completed, so we are all set to move on to our Conference Championship matches for both the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup pathways.

    During the regular season Canisius won their match up with the University of Rochester, on the final play of the match. However, in the West Regional final rematch, the University of Rochester made up for that loss by defeating the host "Crabbies" by a score of 33 - 28.

    The North Regional final was a rematch of a first week draw between Plattsburgh and Hamilton. This time around, Plattsburgh came out on top by a score of 25 to 11. As a result, Plattsburgh will face the University of Rochester, for the UpSCRC Championship match.

    Paul Smith's will represent the North Region for the Challenge Cup Championship, facing the West's regular season #1 seed Canisius.

    The UpSCRC Championships for both the Champions pathway and Challenge Cup pathway will take place at SUNY Potsdam, on 11/7/15. Match kickoff times are: noon for the Challenge Cup and 2:00 pm for the Champions Cup. Participant check-in will be conducted by Conference Administrators at least one hour before kick-off. Details of check-in requirements have been e-mailed to the primary contacts for all teams competing.

  • 2015 Regional Final Match-ups
    Oct, 17th 2015

    The first Round of Playoffs have been completed and the Regional Finals are now set.

    In the West region, Canisius defeated St. John Fisher 26 to 10. The University of Rochester defeated Alfred 21 to 14. As the #1 seed, Canisius will host U of R next week. The West Region's Challenge Cup representative in the UpSCRC Championship will depend on the outcome of this match.

    In the North region, Plattsburgh defeated Paul Smith's 39 to 17, while Hamilton topped Potsdam 22 to 5. Next week, Plattsburgh will host Hamilton in a rematch of their first match of the season draw. Paul Smith's has booked up the North Region spot for the Challenge Cup Championship on 11/7/15.

    The UpSCRC Championships for both the Champions pathway and Challenge Cup pathway will take place at Potsdam on 11/7/15. Planning should already have started for the potential of advancement to the NSCRO playoffs and the travel implications.

  • 2015 Season Takes Shape
    Oct, 5 2015

    With on week of regional competition left, Playoff seeding is beginning to take shape.

    In the West region, Canisius and Univ. of Roch. have locked in the #1 and #2 Playoff seeds. This next weekend will determine which team takes the top spot. The #3 and #4 is still to be determined.

    In the North region, the top spots have been claimed by Plattsburgh and Hamilton. This next weekend will also determine which team takes the top spot. Paul Smith's, Potsdam and Clarkson are all mathematically still in the hunt for the #3 and #4 seed.

    Teams are asked to report scores for the 10/10/15 matches, immediately following the match. This will allow more time to post the results and finalize Playoff seeding.

    As mentioned during the 10/4/15 General Meeting, teams shouls now be evaluating their potential playoff or crossover involvement and plan for any possible travel over the next few weeks. Think ahead for the potential of advancement to the NSCRO playoffs and the travel implications.

  • 2015 Season Will Begin
    Aug, 28 2015

    The Fall 2015 season begins in just two weeks. As we prepare for another successful year, we welcome Hamilton College and Hobart College to UpSCRC, both coming to us from the DII ranks. This expansion now leaves us with a full schedule in both the North and West regions.

    This may be a good time to begin preparation of documents and forms that are required for all teams, as referenced in our Policy Handbook (see Section 8D). Remember to complete your NSCRO Player Eligibility Verification (PEV) form, as soon as possible and submit to your school Administrator for students' status verification. Once signed by a School Administrator, the PEV needs to be forwarded to Director of 15's Competition, Mark Buckley at

    The winner of each match must e-mail the Match Scores/Number of Tries to Mark Buckley at, by 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. However, the earliest it is sent will be appreciated. Example: Paul Smiths (21/3) v. Eagles (8/1). Commissioner Bill Krecker ( will need to be CC:ed the match scores/ties, for posting on the website. Additionally, both teams must e-mail a scanned copy of their Match Roster Form (signed off by opposing Team prior to kick off), by Sunday 6:00 p.m. Since the PEV's are not expected to be signed off before the beginning of the season, Mark Buckley will compare the PEV with previously submitted Weekly Match reports for eligibility compliance.

    Section 8D of our Policy Handbook, spells out the Match Play Guidelines. Last year there was a least one major issue regarding player eligibility, therefore were encourage all teams to be familiar with the pre-match guidelines and to follow them weekly.

  • 2014 NSCRO Playoff Summary
    Dec, 8 2014

    Three UpSCRC teams participated in various NSCRO Playoffs, after the completion of our Championship weekend.

    On November 15, Plattsburgh State faced Eastern Connecticut State University for a Northeast Qualifier match, in Saratoga. Plattsburgh kept the score close until the final portion of the second half, when ECSU score three unanswered tries. Final score of this UpSCRC sponsored playoff was ECSU 32 / Plattsburgh 10.

    The following weekend, the University of Rochester traveled to New Hampshire to compete in the NSCRO Northeast Championships. On Saturday, U of R faced last year's National Runner Up, New England College. U of R was defeated by NEC, the weekend's eventual Champion, by a score of 72-5. U of R came back strong on Sunday, to defeat SUNY Oneonta 50-7, for a third place finish. U of R's overall performance should put them in strong contention for a decent National ranking.

    Potsdam State also competed on November 22 and 23, traveling to Maryland to compete in the East Coast Challenge Cup Championships. Potsdam's Saturday match resulted in a 35-15 lose to the eventual Champion, Washington and Lee University. Sunday yielded a more favorable result, with Potsdam defeating Albright College 32-10 for a third place finish.

    Congratulations to of three of these UpSCRC teams for a strong showing.

  • 2014 Championships Results
    Nov, 8 2014

    SUNY Potsdam wins Challenge Cup Pathway Conference Finals 28-0 due to Canisius forfeiture. University of Rochester wins Champions Pathway Conference Final 46 - 12 over Plattsburgh State (U of R 8 tries, 3 conversions / Plattsburgh 2 Tries / 1 conversion)

    Potsdam advances to 11/22-23/14 C.C. East coast Championships at Mt. St. Mary's Plattsburgh plays in the 11/15/14 Qualifier in Saratoga Univ. Of Rochester advances to the 11/22-23/14 N.E. Championship at New England College

  • 2014 Championships Start
    Oct, 25 2014

    Plattsburgh State and University of Rochester win their respective regional finals and advance to the UpSCRC Championships at R.I.T, on 11/8/14. Winner of that match gets an automatic bid to the NSCRO Northeast Championships at New England College, on 11/22-23/14.

    Meanwhile the losing team moves to the NSCRO Northeast Region Qualifier in Saratoga, on 11/15/14. They will play the NERFU #2 seed for the fourth spot at the NSCRO Northeast Championships at New England College, on 11/22-23/14.

    Canisius College and Potsdam State will play in the UpSCRC Challenge Cup Championship, also at R.I.T. on 11/8/14. The winner of that match advances to the NSCRO East Region Challenge Cup Championships, at Mt. St. Mary's College in Maryland, on 11/22-23/14.

  • 2014 Playoff Standings
    Oct, 12 2014

    R.I.T (West) and Plattsburgh (North) take the #1 playoff seeds for their respective regions. Standings in each region had to be calculated based on a head-to-head tie breaker (Plattsburgh over Potsdam and U.B. over Alfred)

  • Week 2: The Season So Far
    Sep, 22 2014

    After two weeks of competition, U.B. Developmental and Plattsburgh lead the standings of their respective regions. In the West, R.I.T. sits in second place over U of R, based on the "Points Against" Tie Breaker (both have 8 points). Earning 5 points with only one match played, Potsdam is in second place in the North.

  • Welcome to the UpSCRC Website
    Sep, 11 2014

    Welcome to the official Upstate Small College Rugby Conference (UpSCRC) website. Here you will be able to view current news, division standings and schedules, UpSCRC contacts and team contacts, disciplinary actions, UpSCRC meeting minutes, and obtain official UpSCRC forms and documents.