Left: Vincent Duhig / Right: Tim Marra

Christendom College’s Crusader Rugby team has been once again honored with awards, this time from the National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) which has named two members of the squad to the 2018-19 Men’s All-American Team and five as 2018-2019 Rising Stars.

According to the NSCRO’s news releases, “NSCRO has over 6,500 active men’s collegiate players. Many were considered based on club nominations submitted to NSCRO, reports from NSCRO scouts at our playoffs and at the All-Star National Championship.”

Vincent Duhig and Tim Marra were both named to the 25-man All-American Team. Duhig, who will be a junior this fall, has been a leading force for the Crusaders for the past two season, is one of the Crusaders top scorers.  Marra, who graduated in May, was a leader on the team for four years, making a deep and lasting impact on Crusader Rugby. Both of these players had been named as Rising Stars for the 2017-18 year.

NSCRO All American recipients are determined by a selection committee to be the preeminent collegiate players within NSCRO. The 25 All-Americans selected have demonstrated their skills, commitment and physical dominance that have made them stand out amongst their peers.

Newly recognized this year as Rising Stars are Will Arnold, Thomas Audino, Nick Cuddeback, Owen Kennedy, and Patrick Newton. Out of all of the many colleges in the NSCRO, Christendom has the most athletes recognized as Rising Stars.

Christendom athletes are often recognized for their academic achievements each year, with numerous players named Academic All-Stars and more. The college was awarded the USCAA’s President’s Cup this year for the college’s overall academic performance from its athletes. This latest honor adds to an already impressive list of accomplishments in 2018-19, including three National Championship berths (USCAA DII Volleyball National Championship, NSCRO 15s National Championship, and NSCRO 7s National Championship).

For more information, please visit christendomathletics.com.

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