April 25, 2012
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.
This Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29, our ruggers will do something that no other team in the history of Franciscan University has done: compete for a national championship. The Barons are currently ranked No. 1 by the National Small College Rugby Organization, and will play Salve Regina University on Saturday, April 28, starting at 1 p.m. (MT)/3 p.m. (EST) in Glendale, Colo.
Tonight's event will be emceed by "The Voice of the Barons," Dr. Eric Haenni.
Joining in on the festivities will be Franciscan's second-year dance team, The Baronettes. Their performances include a brand new rugby-themed dance.
Various student-athletes from the fall, winter, and spring sports seasons will also be honored for various on and off the field accomplishments throughout their respective seasons.
Upon entering the pep rally, students will be given confetti pouches, glow-in-the-dark items, streamers, and thunder-sticks to use in their celebration.
A school-wide send-off for the rugby team follows 12:05 p.m. Mass at Christ the King Chapel on Thursday, April 26. All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to come and gather outside of the chapel with their Baron gear and spirit, ready to greet the rugby team as they exit Mass and board vans en route to the airport.
Can't make the trip to Colorado? No problem, head down to Damon's Sports Bar & Grille on Saturday afternoon to watch the live stream of the Barons semi-final game starting at 3 p.m. On Sunday come to Finnegan Fieldhouse to watch their final game of the weekend. The battle for third-place game starts at 1 p.m. and the championship game starts at 3 p.m. The result of the semifinal match determines Franciscan's game time on Sunday.