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This Week in Baron Athletics - 11-4-13


Cross Country at AMCC; Rugby Domination; Men's Soccer Fights Hard; Lady Barons Soccer Victory; Swim Team Impresses; Lady's Volleyball Triumph

Posted:  2013-11-04  

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STEUBENVILLE, OH— Men’s and Women’s Cross Country rank 3rd and 2nd in AMCC Championships respectively. Franciscan's Cross Country teams ended a successful season at the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Championships in Buffalo, New York. The men's team finished third overall led by the strong running of junior Patrick Flanagan while the women finished second led by a strong overall team effort. Flanagan ran the fastest time of his career (26:55).

RUGBY

STEUBENVILLE, OH— Baron Rugby dominated defending conference champion Grove City College in the Three Rivers Rugby Conference semi-finals, winning 77-0 and advancing to the conference finals. Sophomore Ian Miller put in the first try within the first two minutes of the game. By the end of the first half, she score read 53-0. Team Captain Adam Smyth scored four tries. Head Coach Ken DeLucia said that the game was the best rugby that he’s seen his team play.

11/2/13

STEUBENVILLE, OH— Franciscan University faced Robert Morris University for the Three Rivers Rugby conference title, winning 20-17 on a last minute kick to break a 17-17 tie. With one minute left in the match and the score at 17-17, FUS drew a penalty directly outside RMU's try zone. Senior Tom Allen was subbed in for a penalty kick, and put it through the uprights, bringing in 3 more points for Franciscan. The Barons held onto the lead to finish out the game with a score of 20-17. In the regular season, the Barons beat RMU 46-12.

MEN'S SOCCER

CRESSON, PA— After one of the best seasons in University history, Baron soccer finished their season with a 2-1 loss to Mt. Aloysius College. Despite missing out on the play offs, the talented young team looks forward to next year with high hopes for a spot in the AMCC tournament. John Imbimbo scored the Barons’ only goal in the 34th minute.

WOMEN'S SOCCER

GREENSBURG, PA— Two goals from team captain Julia Coccozza and another from junior Jordan Byrley gave Lady Baron soccer their first playoff win in program history with a redemptive 3-1 win over Pitt – Greensburg. Cocozza, playing forward for the third time all year, found the back of the net first. In the 22nd minute, the junior was able to control a cross-field pass from Ashley Ruttencutter, drive to the net, sidestep the oncoming keeper, and place a shallow angle shot into the center of the net. FUS defense also played strong, including Mary Duran, Joanna Dawyot, and Calene Dougherty. FUS looks to play Penn. State Behrend on Wednesday, November 6th at 2:30pm at PSB.

WOMEN'S DIVING AND SWIMMING

PITTSBURGH, PA–– Intense competition and great swims from the Lady Barons continued to impress in their third meet of the season, finishing fifth at the Chatham University Invitational. Strong performances came from freshman Nicole Marshall and junior Kathleen Lamontagne. Franciscan faced five different schools and swam well despite having the smallest team. The day saw many of the Lady Barons swimming their personal bests, some of these coming in completely new events.

WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL

10/30/13

STEUBENVILLE, OH— Lady Barons volleyball earned a 3-1 victory over La Roche College to put them at 7-1 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference. Franciscan's young roster has been playing strong and has amassed an 8-2 record over their last ten matches with only one left in the regular season. It was a strong team effort by Franciscan who displayed strong attacking, serving and blocking, sending a message that they can score in a variety of ways. As great as their offense was it was once again outshined by a stellar defensive performance. In just a four game match FUS sent the ball back at La Roche with nine blocks and 10 block assists.

11/2/13

HAMBURG, NY–– Franciscan University Volleyball defeated Hilbert College in a back and forth match, winning the second, fourth and fifth games 25-23, 25-20 and 15-13.The Lady Barons started without their usual focus or game day mentality. Rather than letting their emotions overtake the match they played through the challenge and pulled out a win. In the fourth game, the Lady Barons fell victim to a yellow card for a subbing error, forcing freshman Ana Tolkach to stay in and serve. Tolkach rose to the challenge and served six points in a row, creating the momentum that the Lady Barons needed to pull out a win. Franciscan volleyball will continue into playoffs as the number two seed. After a bye, they will play the winner of the 3 vs. 6 match in the conference semi-finals on Saturday, November 9.

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