Excelsior League


Oct 29 2012 by Christine, RPI

League Champions

Congratulations to SUNY Cortland, our league champions! Best of luck moving forward in the championship division.

Sep 9 2012 by Christine, RPI

Match Form Added

The match form serves as the team roster and must be verified by the ref at every game. It is now located in the Schedule tab under important forms.

Match Form


The Excelsior League was founded in 2012 after the dismantlement of the NYS Rugby governing body. The founding teams were:

  • Colgate University
  • Hamilton College
  • Le Moyne College
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Siena College
  • SUNY Cortland
  • SUNY Oneonta

With the creation of this league, the coaches and students aimed to retain the competitive, hard-working, and development-oriented culture they experienced in the NYS Rugby Conferences. The name, "Excelsior," was chosen for the league, meaning "higher, always upward" to recognize the teams' commitment to their ever-improving and competitive nature. It also honors the state in which they reside, as "Excelsior" is used in the NYS seal.

Geographically, the league stretches horizontally through the middle of New York State, from the Capital Region to Syracuse, and as far south as Oneonta.