By John Manley
Susan Moran provided the scoring punch for St. Joseph’s (Pa.) in its two NCAA Tournament games. The Tullamore, Co. Offaly, freshman led the parade as St. Joe’s advanced through the first round with an 83-72 victory over Tulane. She connected on 8 of 13 from the floor and 5 of 6 from the foul line for 21 points. She also elbowed her way to 11 rebounds.
Moran was high scorer for the Hawks with 16 points as their season came to an end in a 66-60 loss to 10th-ranked Duke on the Blue Devils’ home court.
St. Joe’s trailed by as many as 13 points in the first half, as Moran had trouble finding the hoop, missing her first five shots. Once on track, they cut the deficit to two at halftime. The game’s turning point came with 15 minutes left in the second half, when St. Joe’s center Jana Lichnerova drew her fourth foul and sat down. With the lane open, Duke went on a 13-3 run that sealed the game.
St. Joe’s finished the season 23-8.
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Dan Coyle led the University of California to victory in the Bite/Pacific Coast Intercollegiate at the Sandpiper Golf Course in Santa Barbara, Calif.
The Golden Bears topped 19 other teams, finishing two strokes ahead of both Oregon State and Cal-Santa Barbara. Coyle, a senior from Dundalk, tied for fourth place in the individual race. His 3-under-par 213 (70-73-70) left him four strokes behind Oregon State’s John Lepak. Alabama-Birmingham’s Chris Devlin tied for 10th place with a 2-over 218 (70-74-74).
Devlin is a junior from Co. Antrim. UAB tied for ninth among teams.
Campbell University’s David Carroll finished 12th in the Lonnie D. Small Intercollegiate at the Keith Hills Country Club in Buies Creek, N.C.
Carroll, a freshman from Dublin, shot 7-over 151 (77-74) for the 36-hole event, which was won by North Carolina’s Whitten Meares with 143. Campbell finished third, five strokes behind the Tar Heels.
Top-ranked Clemson finished fourth among 15 teams contesting the Golf Digest Collegiate at the Desert Inn in Las Vegas, which was won by the hometown squad, UNLV. Clemson’s Michael Hoey, a freshman from Belfast, tied for 57th place at 14-over 230 (78-72-80). The scores ran on the high side here as only 11 members of the 75-man field broke par.
Harvard, ranked 16th in the country, defeated No. 22 Virginia Commonwealth in men’s action, 5-2. Adding points to the Crimson’s ledger were Dubliners John Doran and Joe Green. Doran held sway over Jose Sanchez at third singles, 6-3, 6-4, while Green came back from a 6-4 first set defeat to win his match at fifth singles against Johan Barras. Green took the next two sets, 6-4, 7-6. Doran also joined Cillie Swart at third doubles for an 8-4 victory over Barras and Olle Lundberg. Both Doran and Green are in their junior year.