The Christendom Crusaders are quickly running out of room in their trophy case. This past weekend, they triumphed over Duke University and Christopher Newport University to win the 2017 NSCRO Champions Cup, earning their first ever division title and a spot in the NSCRO 15s National Championship playoffs.

The Crusaders with the 2017 NSCRO Champions Cup.

The Crusaders, coming off of their 2017 NSCRO 7s National Championship title, earned the #1 seed in the Champions Cup playoffs after a strong fall performance. They began the playoffs with a match against rival Duke University, who they defeated and tied in their past two meetings. This time, the contest was much more one-sided: the Crusaders won 13-0, shutting out the Blue Devils and earning a spot in the final round on Sunday.

Only Christopher Newport University stood in their way of a trip to the National Championship playoffs, after blanking James Madison University 26-0 in their round. It was a much tougher match, with the teams trading tries up and down the field over the course of 80 minutes. By the final whistle, the Crusaders came out victorious, 51-33. Christendom Crusaders: champions again.

While they have some new hardware for the Crusader trophy case, their journey is just beginning. This is the first NSCRO 15s National Championship berth for the Crusaders, joining 31 other teams from across the country competing for the ultimate prize. The Crusaders will next play in the Mid-Atlantic Cup, December 2-3, in North Carolina. If they win both games that weekend, they will advance to the quarterfinals, which will be played next April.

For more information, please visit christendomathletics.com.

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