STEUBENVILLE - The Lady Baron tennis team beat defending conference champions Penn State Behrend 7-2, continuing the team's undefeated conference record Saturday.
All three Lady Barons doubles teams beat their opponents, and four out of six singles players won their matches.
"Today was a very big match because Penn State Behrend was Conference Champs last year", head coach Jenna Lynch said. "The girls knew that this would be one of their tougher conference matches, but it didn't seem to phase them much."
No. 3 singles player, freshman Caeles Crunkleton Wilson, won an intense match in a double tiebreaker 6-4, 6-7, (3-7), (10-2).
"We talked all week about refocusing ourselves and recommitting to making the most of each match and practice", Lynch said. "As we round out the season with our last few weeks I'll be asking the girls to maintain a high level of intensity and encourage them to avoid taking anything for granted."
Today at 10 a.m. the Lady Barons play Mt. Aloysius. If Franciscan wins they finish the season with an undefeated record in conference play.
"The girls will have to come out strong, confident and aggressive to secure another win", Lynch said.
CEDARVILLE - Franciscan University of Steubenville senior runner Bill Jones won the All-Ohio Intercollegiate Championships with a time of 24:24 in a meet that included the best runners for Division I, II and III schools in the state.
"He went out very confident and made his move around mile four and just took off and nobody could catch him," head coach Dan Kuebler said. "He's probably got a good shot at winning nationals with the way he's running."
Jones had good reason for his confidence going into the race, after finishing fourth in the race last year.
"In last year's race he finished fourth and we thought 'hey, with another year of training there's no reason he couldn't win it,'" Kuebler said.
The Lady Baron runners also ran well in Cedarville. Their top four runners - Nicole Krajewski, Sara Mueller, Theresa Evans and Katherine Manion - all ran their best times so far this season, including having three runners under 20 minutes.
"That's the first time we've had that in a long time," Kuebler said.
The women's team finished tenth out of the 24 Division III schools that ran in the meet, with Krajewski finishing fifteenth out of all Division III runners. The men's team finished eighteenth out of 25 Division III Schools.
Sophomore Patrick Flanagan ran a time of 27:40, his best time of the year.
"That's the first time he's been at 27 minutes all year, he looked very strong," Kuebler said.
The cross country team travels to Edensburg, Pa. today to run in the Mt. Aloysius Invite.
PITTSBURGH - The Franciscan University rugby team traveled to Robert Morris University where they handily beat the Colonials, 54-21.
"Our guys overcame a lot of adversity this week with injuries and weather issues at practice," head coach Ken DeLucia said. "Today I was very impressed with their continuity and teamwork."
Freshman Baron Rugger David Fay won Saturday's "Man of the Match," as he lead the Barons with three tries.
"David's field vision and ability to run in traffic is excellent and that really helped us out today," DeLucia said.
The Barons now prepare for next weekend's match against Fairmont State University, and Coach DeLucia stressed that they will continue working on what they have worked on all season.
"Fundamentals," DeLucia said. "We need to become a little more crisp and just reinforce the things we already went over."
The Barons move to 3-1 on the season and host Fairmont State on Saturday at 1 p.m.
STEUBENVILLE - The Franciscan University's women's soccer team lost 2-1 against Medaille College.
The Lady Barons took 23 total shots throughout, landing 13 shots on frame, but only putting one in the net. Head Coach Johann Marin said that it is a mystery as to why they were unable to finish their shot opportunities.
"They do everything right," Marin said. "The analogy that I use is like they know all the answers to the questions on a test but they don't circle the answers. They get all the way up to the goal, they know all of the information and then they don't circle their answers."
The only goal for the Lady Barons came from Ashley Ruttencutter. In the 89th minute Ruttencutter connected with the ball to score unassisted.
"We're going to continue playing our game because it's working for us we just need to follow through and finish," Marin said.
Goalkeeper Lauren Koath had 8 saves on the game.
STEUBENVILLE - The Franciscan University Baron men's soccer team fell to the Medaille College Mavericks 4-1.
"I was very happy with our pace of play and our shape on the field," said head coach Ward Rogers. "We were defending very effectively today."
The only Franciscan goal of the game was a header from sophomore and Steubenville, Ohio native Peter Herrmann off of a cross from Joseph Krilich in the 57th minute of play.
"Peter had a great game for us today," said Rogers. "He had some great looking shots and helped to take some pressure off of our defense."
Goalkeeper Chris McNamara had 13 saves on the game.
"Chris had some very good saves," Rogers said. "He's playing very well and gaining experience with every game. He is very effective at keeping the ball out of the net."
The Barons are now 0-10 overall and 0-3 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference. The Barons take on Bethany College on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.