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FUS ruggers earn a pair of victories

October 21, 2012
From staff reports , The Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE - Memorial Field at Franciscan University of Steubenville was home to the first Three Rivers Rugby Conference playoff round robin on Saturday morning. the Baron Ruggers defeated Allegheny College, 10-8, and Carnegie Mellon University, 18-12.

In the match against Allegheny, the Baron Ruggers used a Chris Cortes try, and conversion with a three-point penalty kick by John Manni to take a 10-3 lead into the second half. Franciscan head coach Ken DeLucia held Allegheny in high regards after the game.

"Allegheny is a fantastic team," DeLucia said. "It was the first time I've seen them and I was really impressed. To have that 10-3 lead at the half was something special, for sure."

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RUGGERS — Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Robert McClellan makes a play during Saturday’s rugby wins.

The second half was much tighter as it took nearly 30 minutes until either team hit paydirt. Allegheny broke out a nearly uncontested run to make the score 10-8.

All they needed was a converted kick to tie the score with just over ten minutes left to play, but the kick was well short and left Franciscan grasping to a narrow two-point lead.

"We had a couple mental errors that gave the ball back to them in choice field positions," DeLucia said. "Allegheny really showed that they wanted it, and you have to appreciate what they brought to the table today. It was a nail-biter."

In the match against Carnegie Mellon, the Barons had to work to come out on top 18-12.

Coach DeLucia said that much like the first game, it was adherence to his team's game plan that allowed them to ultimately come out on top.

"That's what helps this young team out," DeLucia said. "Our fitness, spreading the field, and our pattern of play. Everyone knows their roles and what is going to happen next, and they are so young that they need that. They are only going to get better with time; to be able to come out on top of all this is tremendous."

The Barons took an 18-5 lead into the second half of the match but allowed a try and a conversion with just four minutes left to play. Again, FUS found itself defending their lead late in the game successfully as they came out victorious.

Jimmy Kueber was named Man of the Match for the Barons in both matches. .

The Barons face the winner of the Grove City College-Fairmont State University match.

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Franciscan University Lady Barons played in a tri-match Saturday against D'Youville College and SUNY-Canton, splitting the two matches. FUS beat their Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference rival D'Youville 25-9, 25-14, 25-18. In the second match they lost to Canton 25-16, 25-17, 24-26, 25-14.

The match against the Lady Spartans saw freshman Dani Link continue to play strong complementing senior Anna Cain.

"Dani has been a key to the rise of our team," head coach, Kelly Herrmann said. "She really is a star."

Link ended the first game with 10 kills while Cain had 11 and Maria Prezzia rounded out the offense with six. Amy O'Keefe spread the ball efficiently to her teammates with 26 assists.

Sam Kelly had 21 digs, with Christina Lawrence adding nine, and Prezzia adding eight.

This victory was important to the Lady Barons as it bumped their AMCC record to 5-2. This puts them in contention for hosting a home playoff game in the AMCC Championship Tournament.

"As a team we can do great things," Herrmann said. "Every woman is ready to dive on the floor and make things happen. It gave us a lot of confidence."

After their crucial conference victory, the Lady Barons lost to non-conference opponent Canton.

Lawrence had 11 kills and Link had five kills in the second match. Claire Prezzia had three aces and Kelly served two for herself. Defensively, Kelly had 21 digs and Maria Prezzia had 15.

The Lady Barons (12-14, 5-2)?take on AMCC opponent La Roche College at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

WEXFORD, Pa.- The Lady Baron tennis team fell to the La Roche College Lady Redhawks 5-4 in the semifinal round of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Championships.

"I can't be disappointed because they worked so hard all season," head coach Jenna Lynch said. "A loss is always disappointing but God's will prevails and something obviously better than our plan is going to come out of it, whether it be a lesson in humility or something else."

The day was a back and forth battle between the Lady Redhawks and the Lady Barons. In doubles play No. 2 seeded team Kristina Godnick and Alanna Murray won their match 8-5 and finished their season undefeated in the AMCC at the No. 2 doubles position.

No. 1 team Leann Roggensack and Caeles Crunkleton-Wilson lost 9-7 after playing an aggressive fast-paced game with many good volleys and series of plays close to the net. No. 3 doubles Lucia Neugebauer and Hannah Pettit lost after a long match in which they started strong but the Lady Redhawks came back and won 9-7.

"The whole day was really nerve racking because I think it is really tough coming in on top," Lynch said. "It was just more pressure and there's higher expectations."

The team went into singles play down 2-1. Murray pulled out a win 6-3, 6-3. Crunkleton-Wilson also won her match with final scores of 6-4, 6-1. After Crunkleton-Wilson's win the score was evened out to 3-3.

The last win from the Lady Barons came from Hannah Pettit in a comeback three set match 6-3, 1-6, 6-3. La Roche pulled out a win in the final match to move on to the final.

"Mentally La Roche had the advantage because they were the underdogs and they came out on top," Lynch said. "I think talent wise we're the better team but the best team doesn't always win."

The Lady Barons end their season 11-4 overall and 8-1 in the AMCC.

BRADFORD, Pa. - It was a different day but the same result for Lady Baron soccer as FUS fell to Pitt-Bradford 10.

"It's extremely frustrating," head coach Johann Marin said. "I'm running out of things to tell people, because I'm telling the truth. We are maintaining possession of the game, we are getting opportunities and we are not able to convert."

Eventually the Lady Panthers broke through the FUS defense late in the second half to score the game's only goal. The goal marked the one blemish on an otherwise strong game by senior Lady Baron goalkeeper Lauren Koath.

FUS?(3-11-3, 1-5-2) was eliminated the team from playoff contention.

The Lady Barons play their last game of the season at home against Mount Aloysius College on Wednesday.

BRADFORD, Pa. - Despite increased offensive efforts, the Franciscan men's soccer team suffered another tough loss today in their game against the University of Pitt-Bradford, losing 5-0.

"We were playing pretty even and then we committed a foul in the penalty box and they scored their first goal off a penalty kick," said head coach Ward Rogers, "That put us at behind at 1-0."

Another goal off a cross from the left side put the Barons down 2-0 at the half and the offensive attempts to even the score resulted in turnovers and three more shots goals for Pitt-Bradford in the second half. Rogers said that in spite of the loss, certain aspects of the game have improved.

"The team is playing much better, but the score doesn't show that because, in that critical moment in the game when we're getting the chance to score and turn things around, we're not finding the net," Rogers said.

The Barons play Mount Aloysius at 4 p.m. Tuesday at home.

BRADFORD, Pa. - In its second season of NCAA competition, the women's swimming and diving team had its first meet of the year on Saturday at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. Along with FUS and Bradford, Notre Dame College, Ursuline College, Penn State Behrend, Penn State Altoona, and Bethany College also participated in the relays-only meet.

Because Franciscan does not have a men's swimming and diving team and the points for the match were combined between both men's and women's teams the team finished last out of the seven teams with 30 points.

"I think we did very well," said FUS head coach and reigning AMCC Coach of the Year, Becky Recznik.

One specific relay that stuck out to Recznik was the 300-meter backstroke, swam by Allie Kelly, Molly Coogan, Katie Oursler, and Amy Vunovich. The relay team placed fourth out of five in that race with a time of 3:39.67, but their coach was very impressed with each of their times.

Recznik also noted the 800-meter free style relay in which the girls placed fourth out of seven, finishing in 9:56.74. A last minute substitution of Erin Horomanski for Katie Oursler changed the look of the Lady Barons in that race, but Recznik said Horomanski filled in beautifully.

"Erin is a sprinter for us and she did a fantastic job filling in for Oursler," Recznik said.

Other notable finishes for the Lady Barons came in the 300-meter butterfly, swam by Ilsa Hoenke, Kelly, Vunovich and Coogan in which the women finished third out of five teams with a time of 3:52.86.

The team of Horomanski, Deuchar, Oursler, and Giuliani finished fifth out of eight in the 500-yard freestyle crescendo relay with a time of 5:40.23.

The Lady Baron's next meet is Saturday at Bethany College.

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