By John Manley
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics released its
All-America teams recently, with five Irish men and women earning honorable mention. Named to the men’s team were three midfielders: Rio Grande’s Marty Rodgers, a sophomore from Ballymena, Co. Antrim; Felician’s Gary Hanley, a freshman from Roscommon, and Madonna University’s Charlie Bell, a senior from Derry.
Gracing the women’s side were a pair of freshman midfielders from Dublin: Joanne Ennis was effective for Kentucky’s Lindsey Wilson College, while Zelda Mooney did her thing for Vermont’s Green Mountain College.
Lucey to lead C.W. Post
C.W. Post named Gerry Lucey head coach of the women’s soccer team, replacing Bob Blitz, who died in late October. Lucey, a native of Malahide, Co. Dublin, coached the Pioneers to a victory and a loss on an interim basis, following Blitz’s death. Lucey had been an assistant coach for the women’s team for the past three years.
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Lucey graduated from C.W. Post in 1994, leaving a legacy on the pitch. In three seasons, he tied the school career record for points with 111, and also set single season marks at Post with 56 points and 20 assists in his senior season.
"Gerry is the ideal person to carry on Bob’s coaching legacy," said Vincent Salamone, Post athletic director. "He’s been an invaluable part of the athletic program as both a player and coach, and we look forward to continued success under his leadership."
Post finished the 1999 season with a 16-3-1 mark and a trip to the NCAA Division II playoffs, in which they lost a first-round match in a shootout.
St. Joseph’s of Philadelphia ran its record to 6-1 by feasting on three intracity rivals. The Hawks began with a 77-37 drubbing of Temple, in which sophomore forward Susan Moran scored nine points and grabbed eight rebounds.
The Tullamore, Co. Offaly, product then accounted for 15 points and nine boards in a 76-47 rout of Penn. She finished the week with 10 points and six caroms in a 54-48 victory over Villanova. St. Joe’s steps it up a notch on Sunday, when perennial powerhouse Tennessee pays a visit to the St. Joe’s Fieldhouse.
Robert Morris senior Niall Phelan scored four points in an 88-68 loss to Idaho. The Dubliner saw 10 minutes of playing time.