East Coast Rugby Conference
|No. of teams||7|
|Most recent champion(s)||Middlebury College|
|Most titles||Middlebury College(2)|
The East Coast Rugby Conference was founded in 2011 after USA Rugby decided that college rugby teams would leave their local area unions and form independent conferences. Seven teams participated in the inaugural season. In 2012, the league expanded and added an eighth team, with American International College joining the league as an associate member. They were voted into full membership for the Fall 2013 league season.
Boston College played at the 2011 Collegiate Rugby Championship. The CRC, held every June at PPL Park in Philadelphia, is the highest profile college rugby tournament in the US, and is broadcast live on NBC. The opening round of fixtures took place on September 17, 2011. Northeastern won the conference's inaugural season, earning a bid to the round of 16 of the D1-AA tournament. The conference also hosted a 7's tournament on November 5, with the winner getting an automatic bid to the USA Rugby Sevens Collegiate National Championships. Boston College defeated the University of Albany 36–10 in the final, but declined the bid to the national championships.
|4||University of Massachusetts||6||3||3||0||90||96||−6||2||1||15|
|5||University of Albany||6||2||4||0||120||170||−50||2||2||12|
|7||University of Connecticut||6||1||5||0||70||167||−97||1||0||5|
The opening round of fixtures for the 2012 season will take place on September 15. The 2nd annual East Coast Rugby Conference 7's tournament was won by Northeastern University, who defeated Middlebury College 12-7 in the final. Northeastern accepted their bid to the 2012 USA Rugby Sevens Collegiate National Championships, and were joined by Middlebury, who accepted an at-large bid. Both teams performed admirably, with Middlebury posting a 2-3 record for the tournament, losing 14-7 to defending Division 1-AA champion Davenport University in the Shield semi-final. Northeastern finished 2-1 in their group, losing only to defending 7's national champion Life University on the first day, followed by a second day loss to Cal Poly in the quarterfinals.
|4||University of Albany||7||3||4||0||191||230||−39||5||3||20|
|5||American International College||7||3||4||0||163||144||19||3||1||16|
|7||University of Massachusetts||7||2||5||0||135||175||−40||3||2||13|
|8||University of Connecticut||7||1||6||0||79||322||−243||1||1||6|
Southern Connecticut has dropped out of the ECRC, no replacement named.
|2||American International College||6||5||1||0||170||110||+60||4||0||24|
|5||University of Massachusetts||6||2||4||0||106||142||-36||1||0||9|
|6||University of Albany||6||1||5||0||131||238||−107||1||0||5|
|7||University of Connecticut||6||0||6||0||66||267||−201||0||0||0|
- Rugby Mag, Men's D1-AA Bracket Finalized, April 15, 2012, http://rugbymag.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4196&catid=48&Itemid=208
- Rugby Mag, Men's D1-AA Conference Standings, 11 November 2012, http://www.rugbymag.com/men's-di-college/5791-mens-di-aa-conference-standings.html
- The ECRC Fall 2013 Final Standings, http://theecrc.com/standings/