Rowan Falls in Conference Championship Final

The Rowan Profs finished their MARC schedule with a tough loss in the conference final. The Profs fell to the reigning conference champs, St. Joe’s Hawks 27-11.
Facing a talented, well-coached and disciplined Hawks team, the Profs were on the back foot from the opening kickoff as the result of successive penalties. Conceding territory and possession as result of the penalties, Rowan was forced to defend deep in their own half for long periods. The outcome was predictable against St. Joe’s lethal attack and the Profs leaked an early try. 
Rowan responded with a penalty after some clever kicking by Casey Smith pinned the Hawks deep in their own end. Unfortunately,the momentum was lost when St. Joe’s kicked their own penalty soon afterwards.
Things worsened for the Profs as a yellow card was shown for a late tackle. St. Joe’s took quick advantage and scored a converted try. Rowan, in typical fashion, continued to fight and kicked a penalty on the last play of the half to bring the score to 20-6.
The second half saw the script flipped as Rowan spent much of the time in St. Joe’s territory attacking relentlessly. Eightman Justin Sangster’s herculean efforts throughout the game spurred the Profs on and gave the Hawks fits on defense as he repeatedly broke the gainline. Even though they enjoyed the majority of possession and territory, the Profs simply could not break through St. Joe’s suffocating defense until an outstanding individual effort by senior, Paul Touroonjian, finally saw Rowan score a try with 15 minutes left.
Rowan’s dreams of winning a conference championship in their first year in DIAA were dashed, however, with less than 10 minutes remaining when St. Joe’s scored a terrific end to end try. 
This Rowan team has much to be proud of for an outstanding season. The coaching staff and team would like to thank the parents, alumni and boosters for all their support. Without you all, none of this would be possible.
Rowan’s season may not be over, however. The team is still eligible for an at-large bid to the national playoffs. Stay tuned!