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The NSCRO Division at the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship concluded its first day of action Saturday. With eight teams competing, the teams participated in two pools with the top two from each division advancing to the cup rounds tomorrow.

Pool A featured last year’s NSCRO winner, New Mexico Highlands, Louisiana State-Alexandria, Susquehanna, and Babson College. Despite losing captain and standout Kevon Williams, the Vatos have not missed a beat. They reigned supreme on day one with two big shut out wins. The closest test of the day came in the form of a 38-12 victory over Susquehanna. The Vatos claimed the top spot in the group and Susquehanna finished runner up to with a 2-1 record.

Susquehanna will take on the winner of group B, St. Mary’s. Not to be confused with the current NSCRO champions, Mt. St. Mary’s, who are competing in the Philly Cup this weekend, St. Mary’s is on the Maryland Eastern Shore. After struggling in 15s this season, the Maryland school elected to focus on 7s. It paid dividends today, with St. Mary’s winning three close games over Ithaca, Franklin and Marshall and The Claremont Colleges.

“We have the ability if we play smart and not play our game and not play the other teams. Be a little bit conservative, be careful with the ball and not give the teams opportunities,” said St. Mary’s coach Larry Dommoyer.

New Mexico Highlands will take on Franklin and Marshall, who won out on point differential over The Claremont Colleges, in the semifinals tomorrow. St. Mary’s will take on Susquehanna in the other semifinals. St. Mary’s is 3-0 but they have yet to meet the likes of a team like the Vatos.

“Playing them (the New Mexico Highlands), will be an interesting match. Right now we are focusing on Susquehanna. They are another big team just like Claremont. We will have to play them smart, get by that game and hopefully get New Mexico in the finals,” added Dommoyer.

NSCRO Scores
NSCRO ANew Mexico Highlands21Louisian State-Alexandria0
NSCRO ASusquehanna19Babson College10
NSCRO BFranklin& Marshall7St. Mary's19
NSCRO BIthaca14Claremont Colleges19
NSCRO ANew Mexico Highlands45Babson College0
NSCRO ASusquehanna10Louisian State-Alexandria0
NSCRO BFranklin& Marshall12Claremont Colleges12
NSCRO BIthaca12St. Mary's19
NSCRO ANew Mexico Highlands38Susquehanna12
NSCRO ABabson College19Louisian State-Alexandria0
NSCRO BFranklin& Marshall41Ithaca0
NSCRO BClaremont Colleges10St. Mary's0