2011 Men's Rugby News

April 29, 2012
Barons Defeat UNF to Place No. 3 in the Nation
GLENDALE, Colo. – The moment finally arrived when the dedication and preparation paid off for Franciscan University’s rugby team. Displaying the best rugby seen in the program’s 11 years, the Barons defeated the University of North Florida Deadbirds 29-5 in the National Small College Rugby Organization national championship finals.

April 28, 2012
Ruggers Fall to Salve Regina, Battle for 3rd Tomorrow
GLENDALE, Colo. – “It’s hard to believe that 11 years ago a group of guys asked if they could start a rugby team,” reminisced Chris Ledyard, director of Athletics at Franciscan University. “And here we are today at the national championship.” It was history in the making Saturday afternoon as Baron Rugby faced Salve Regina University in the National Small College Rugby Organization national championship semifinal round.

April 28, 2012
NSCRO National Championship
Watch our Baron rugby team compete in the 2012 NSCRO National Championship! Sunday: 1 p.m. EST (11 a.m. MT) - NSCRO Consolation - Barons vs. UNF

April 25, 2012
Coach Hanrahan Gives Pre-Championship Insight
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — In three days the Franciscan University rugby team will enter the semifinal round of the National Small College Rugby Organization National Championship in Glendale, Colo. Taking a few minutes to step away his team’s preparation, head coach Mark Hanrahan gave his insight on what the Barons should expect this weekend.

April 25, 2012
Pep Rally Gets Ruggers Ready for Colorado
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – On the eve of the most important road trip of their collegiate sports careers, the Franciscan University of Steubenville Baron ruggers were honored at a pep rally by their fellow students, fellow student-athletes, and Franciscan faculty and staff. The team departs for their National Small College Rugby Organization national championship in Glendale, Colo., tomorrow.

April 25, 2012
Green & Gold Pep Rally Tonight at FFH
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – The Franciscan University rugby program has brought a wealth of pride and tradition to this campus, and tonight they are responsible for adding one more thing to the campus history books. Starting at 8 p.m. in the Finnegan Fieldhouse, Franciscan will host its first-ever pep rally. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

April 24, 2012
NSCRO National Championship Coverage
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – It’s a long list of people traveling to Colorado this weekend to support the Baron rugby team at the national championship. From President Terence Henry, TOR, to the department of Athletics administrators, the school pride for the history-making team is felt by all. For those who can’t make it, there are media outlets to save the day.

April 23, 2012
Countdown Begins For Rugby National Championship
Steubenville, Ohio – In every person’s life there comes a time where the mind, body, and spirit must work in perfect unison to succeed at a task greater than ever before comprehended. That time for the Franciscan University rugby team is rapidly approaching.

March 22, 2012
Rugby Training Takes A New Course
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – What do religious sisters, rugby, and spring break have in common? More than you think. As the national championship rapidly approaches, Franciscan University’s rugby team did more than twice a day training sessions over spring break. The team stepped off the pitch and outside themselves to take a look at the big picture, all with the help of Steubenville’s Heart of Mary Mission House.

December 1, 2011
Franciscan Rugby is No. 1 in the Nation
Steubenville, Ohio – The Barons have proven their skills extend beyond what was predicted for 2011. At the end of 2010, Franciscan University’s rugby team was ranked 16th in the nation by the National Small College Rugby Organization. By August, the NSCRO ranked them 10th out of 25. Released today, the NSCRO named the Barons No. 1 in the nation.

November 13, 2011
Franciscan Rugby is Central Region Champions!
MADISON, Wis.— The stakes were high Sunday afternoon as the Franciscan University rugby team took on the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in the National Small College Rugby Organization regional semi-finals. In an unrivaled display of team unity, skill and talent, the Barons walked away victorious, bringing home a 35-5 win.

November 12, 2011
Barons Advance to the NSCRO Semi-Finals
MADISON, Wis.—Day one of the National Small College Rugby Organization regional playoffs was a victory of the Franciscan University Baron rugby team as the Barons defeated the University of St. Thomas 26-12. The Saturday afternoon win at the central regional semi-finals moves Franciscan into the final round tomorrow.

November 5, 2011
Ruggers Victorious over Duquesne in ARU Finals
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio —Shouts of “We’re number one!” echoed across the field as fans cheered the victorious Baron rugby team Saturday afternoon. Franciscan University’s ruggers clinched the Allegheny Rugby Union championship title for a second consecutive year, defeating Duquesne University, 24-5.

October 29, 2011
Rugby Defeats Grove City to Advance to Finals
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio—The Baron rugby team of Franciscan University of Steubenville won its first round of postseason competition Saturday afternoon on a muddy home pitch. The ruggers in green and gold triumphed over their Allegheny Rugby Union competitors, Grove City College, 27-5, in the semi-final match. Despite the cold, wet conditions and the absence of head coach Mark Hanrahan, the Barons played an exceptional game.

October 22, 2011
Baron Rugby Remains Undefeated
PITTSBURGH—Franciscan University's Baron rugby team wrapped up its regular season Saturday afternoon with a resounding 58-17 victory over Allegheny Rugby Union Division II team Robert Morris University. The defeat pushed Robert Morris into giving up more points in the match than they have all season.

October 15, 2011
Mud Bowl Shutout
JOHNSTOWN, Pa.—The winning streak continues for Franciscan University’s Baron rugby team as they take home another win, shutting out the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown 61-0. The team’s record is now 4-0-1 overall with no sign of the Baron offense or defense slowing down.

October 9, 2011
It’s a Homecoming in More Ways Than One
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – From across the Franciscan University of Steubenville campus the cross country team’s cheer of “Ave Maria” was heard. It is the way they start every race.

October 1, 2011
Barons Shutout WVU for 8th Annual D’Anniballe Rugby Ruckus
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio—Franciscan University’s Baron rugby team toppled West Virginia University in a 32-0 shutout this Saturday night in the Eighth Annual Robert D’Anniballe Rugby Ruckus. The team’s defense is proving impenetrable, with tonight’s impressive shutout coming off of last week’s 80-0 shutout against Juniata College. The Barons are on a roll this season, ranked 10th in the nation by the National Small College Rugby Organization with a 3-0-1 record.

September 24, 2011
Rugby Dominates Juniata 80-0
STEUBENVILLE— Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Baron rugby team crushed its conference competition Saturday afternoon with an 80-0 shutout against Juniata College. The Barons carried the momentum from last week’s home pitch victory as they dominated the match from start to finish. Now with a 2-0-1 record, the team is exceeding all expectations for the season.

September 23, 2011
Let’s Go Barons! Franciscan Takes On WVU for 8th Annual Rugby Ruckus
STEUBENVILLE—It is that time of year again! Fans and spectators, prepare for the eighth annual Robert D’Anniballe Rugby Ruckus to be held on Saturday, Oct. 1, at Harding Stadium. Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Baron rugby ream faces West Virginia University beginning at 7 p.m.

September 17, 2011
Baron Rugby Wins First Home Match
STEUBENVILLE – Franciscan University of Steubenville’s rugby team played its home opener against Washington and Jefferson College on Saturday, defeating the team 59-5. This win gives the Barons a season record of 1-0-1, having tied their previous match against Fairmount State University.

September 15, 2011
Baron Rugby Ranked 10th in the Nation
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio—The National Small College Rugby Organization published its pre-season rankings this week, placing Franciscan University’s rugby team in the tenth spot out of 25 teams across the United States. The ranking moves the Barons up three spots from last season.

September 10, 2011
Baron Ruggers Open Their Season 0-0
FAIRMONT, W.Va.—The Franciscan University of Steubenville Baron rugby team started off its 2011 season this afternoon in a head-to-head contest of strength against the Fairmont State University Falcons resulting in a 0-0 score.

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