The Wildcats lost to College of Charleston in overtime, 94-89, as Grace fouled out with 3:53 left on the clock in regulation. He scored 15 points, shooting 6-for-12 from the floor (2-for-4 from 3-point range) and 1-for-2 from the foul line, and grabbed 16 rebounds. Seven of those caroms were on the offensive end of the court.
Davidson (17-9, 11-5 Southern Conference) recovered to trounce Virginia Military, 84-49, as Grace poured in 21 points. The Dublin sophomore canned nine of 12 field goal attempts and three of four free throws. He brought down 14 boards for his seventh double-double of the season.
George Mason won its last two games with Irish national team player Jon Larranaga scoring in double figures. A 69-52 triumph over Old Dominion found Larranaga accounting for 13 points (5-for-12 from the floor and 2-for-5 from the line), six rebounds and four assists. Mason (16-11, 11-7 Colonial Athletic Association) then edged Drexel, 57-55, as Larranaga led the way with 20 points on 7-for-14 shooting from the floor and 6-for-7 from the line. He also had five rebounds and four assists.
Ronan McGarrity contributed nine points as St. Lawrence (16-8) lost to Union, 81-60. The Ballina, Co. Mayo, junior made four of six attempts from the field and hit his lone foul shot. He also had five rebounds.
Kate Maher patrolled the boards in Sacred Heart’s 66-47 romp over Maryland-Baltimore Country. The Waterford junior was high rebounder for the game with 11 caroms, including five from the offensive glass. She only took three shots from the floor, making one. Along with a free throw, she finished with 3 points. She also assisted on four baskets. The Pioneers are 16-8 overall and 10-5 in the Northeast Conference.
Siobhan Kilkenny threw in 16 points as Manhattan downed St. Peter’s, 85-72. The senior from Castlebar, Co. Mayo, shot 5-for-12 from the floor, including 3-for-5 from long distance, and 3-for-4 from the stripe. She also was credited with four assists and three steals.
Kilkenny then had 13 points in the Lady Jaspers’ 68-58 triumph over Iona. She hit on four of 12 from the floor (one of five on three-pointers) and four of six from the line. She grabbed eight rebounds and assisted on three buckets. Manhattan finished the regular season 18-9 overall and 15-3 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, which was good enough for the regular season league title.
Iona’s Michelle Fahy scored eight points in the loss to Manhattan, shooting 4-for-12 from the floor, while handling eight rebounds. Previous to that, the Galway junior had a double-double against Rider, scoring 20 points on 10-for 18 shooting, while grabbing 11 caroms. Iona lost that contest, 72-58. Fahy made nine of 14 field goal attempts for 18 points in a 91-76 loss to Niagara. She had eight rebounds in this game. Iona finished the regular season 1-26 and 0-18 in the MAAC.
TRACK AND FIELD
High Point’s Tommy Evans won the men’s 5,000 meters at the Big South Indoor Championships in Blacksburg, Va. The County Kilkenny senior was caught by the timer in 14:55.58.
Providence’s Roisin McGettigan ran an ECAC qualifying time of 2:48.28 in winning the women’s 1,000 meters at the Big East Indoor Championships at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y. She is a senior from County Wicklow. Teammate Deirdre Byrne, a sophomore from Avoca, Co. Wicklow, also ran an ECAC mark of 2:13.22 in the women’s 800 meters. Byrne finished fifth in this race. Sophomore Mary Cullen ran third in the 5,000 meters, timed in 9:30.64. She hails from Co. Sligo. McGettigan, Byrne, senior Emer O’Shea from County Limerick, and sophomore Roisin Quinn from Waterford teamed for a third-place finish in the 4×800-meter relay. Their 8:55.69 clocking was an ECAC qualifier. Providence finished ninth place in the team standings.
Among the Providence men, Liam Reale, a sophomore from Hospital, Co. Tipperary, was third in the 800-meter run. His 1:52.3 clocking qualified him for this weekend’s IC4A Championships. Likewise, teammate Martin Fagan, a freshman from Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, qualified for the IC4As when his eighth-place finish at 3,000 meters yielded a time of 8:28.24. The Friars’ Paul Reilly, a grad student from Loughrea, Co. Galway, finished fourth in the 5,000 meters. His 14:31.10 run was also good for the IC4As. Providence finished 10th among teams.
Western Kentucky’s Olga Cronin, a senior from Cork, ran to victory in the women’s 3,000 meters at the Middle Tennessee Classic. Her winning time was 9:53.02.
South Alabama’s Gareth Maybin won his first title of the spring season when he withstood a playoff challenge from Francis Marion’s Fredrik Ohlsson at the South Florida Invitational. Maybin, a sophomore from Portrush, Co. Antrim, and Ohlsson finished with low scores of 218. Maybin’s cards read 70, 76 and 72. South Alabama finished fourth among teams, however. They placed nine strokes behind Jacksonville State at the University of South Florida Golf Course in Tampa.
Illinois’ Michelle Carroll tied for fourth place in the Golden Panther Championship, played over Doral’s Silver Course in Miami. The Dublin junior shot 157 (78-79) for 36 holes. Florida International’s Courtney Burdick had the low score of 154.
Mark O’Sullivan tied for 15th place in the Sam H. Hall Intercollegiate at the Hattiesburg Country Club in Hattiesburg, Miss. The Galway senior shot 217 (73-69-75) to help Southeast Louisiana to a two-stroke victory over McNeese State for the team trophy. Southern Mississippi’s Shane Rushing fired 205 for medallist honors.
Georgia Southern’s Mark Finnegan teamed with Vincent Patry at third doubles to defeat Winthrop’s Michal Kwiecien and Gustavo Zanette, 9-8 (5). Finnegan, a sophomore from Kill, Co. Kildare, was unsuccessful at first singles, losing to Clayton Almeida, 6-7 (2), 6-0, 6-4. Winthrop won the match, 4-3.
High Point’s Patricia D’Arcy was twice successful in the Panthers’ 5-2 victory over Elon. The Dublin senior took her match at fifth singles with Melissa Holland, 6-3, 6-2, then joined Annika Meyerson at second doubles to defeat Aubrey Rhoads and Cassie Martin, 8-4.
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