By John Manley
Brian Holden scored on a header to lead Mount St. Mary’s to a 1-0 overtime soccer victory against Fairleigh Dickinson last week. The freshman from Springmount, Co. Dublin converted a pass from teammate Duncan Gladwin in the 97th minute to put the Mount (6-6-2, 3-2-1 Northeast Conf.) ahead.
Barry Gorman’s Penn State Nittany Lions enjoyed two victories last week. The first was a 1-0 win over Brian Doyle’s surprisingly tough Cleveland State (3-10) squad. Penn State followed with a 1-0 overtime triumph over Ohio State on Jon McClay’s penalty kick in the 98th minute. The senior from Whitehead, Co. Antrim, was fouled by the Buckeyes’ goalie in the penalty box, leading to McClay’s winning blast, which he directed into the lower right corner of the goal. Penn State is now 9-3-2 on the season and 3-1 in the Big Ten.
Danny Horan got his second goal of the year in Boston College’s 3-0 shutout of Villanova. The senior from Dublin scored in the 84th minute. Five minutes later, he fed teammate Chris Lynch, who capped the scoring with the Eagles’ third tally. The assist was also Horan’s second of the campaign. Ed Kelly’s team subsequently fell to Rutgers, 1-0, and are now 5-7-2 overall and 2-5-1 in the Big East.
Boston University and Dartmouth played to a scoreless tie in a mudbath in Hanover, N.H. Bryan Murphy, the Terriers’ senior goalie from Killarney, stopped six shots on the afternoon, and nearly scored the winning goal in the final minute of regulation, getting forward on a corner kick, but heading the ball wide of the goal. B.U. is 8-3-2, while Fran O’Leary’s 14th-ranked Big Green are 7-1-1.
Paul Cleary helped key New Hampshire College’s defense, limiting sixth-ranked Dowling to eight shots on goal as the ninth-ranked Penmen were victorious, 2-0. The junior from Waterford nearly made up for NHC’s defensive lapses the next day in a 2-1 loss to Stony Brook. Cleary opened the scoring in the 14th minute, receiving a corner kick that he booted in from five yards out. Stony Brook got both their goals in a two-minute span of the second half. Cleary had a chance to even the score with 10 minutes on the clock, but a header from inside the box sailed north of the crossbar. NHC is 10-1-1 overall and 4-1 in the New England Collegiate Conference.
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Hofstra snapped a five-game losing streak with a 3-0 victory over Northeastern. John O’Hagan, a senior from Dundalk, and Declan Condron, a junior from Dublin, both worked together to set up Brendan O’Boyle for Hofstra’s second goal in the 49th minute. Condron scored Hofstra’s third goal about 30 minutes later, with O’Hagan earning his second assist of the day. Hofstra is 5-4-2 overall and 1-2 in the America East.
Northeastern (5-8, 0-5 America East) rebounded with a 3-2 upset victory over Harvard. Senior Ross Hainsworth, from Swords, Co. Dublin, earned an assist on the Huskies’ second goal.
Trevor Adair’s Clemson Tigers continue to justify their number four ranking in the Soccer America poll, having won their last three games to go 11-2 on the season. Recent victims include South Carolina, 2-0, Winthrop, 2-1, and Virginia, 2-0.
Brian Ainscough’s Providence Friars split a pair of Big East matches last week. The vastly improved Friars lost to 19th-ranked Rutgers, 2-1, with the Scarlet Knights scoring the winning goal with less than two minutes on the clock. Villanova was made to pay as Providence hung a 4-2 defeat on the Wildcats to improve to 5-8 overall and 3-4 in conference play.
New York University fell to Swarthmore, 3-2, extending its winless streak to four, before righting themselves with a 1-0 overtime win over Rutgers-Newark. The Violets, coached by Joe Behan, are 5-8.
Seamus McFadden’s San Diego Toreros sport a 7-7 mark thus far. Recent results include a 2-1 win over San Francisco, followed by a 2-1 overtime loss to Cal-Irvine and a 4-2 loss to Cal State-Northridge.
Alan Dawson got a win and a loss from his Old Dominion Monarchs (5-4-2). A 3-1 loss to Virginia Commonwealth was followed by a 4-1 victory over William & Mary.
New Hampshire College freshman Rosie Power was named New England Collegiate Conference Rookie of the Week on the strength of the first two goals of her college career, which led NHC (5-6 overall, 2-2 NECC) to a 3-1 victory over St. Michael’s. Power, from Waterford, was then moved to stopper in the second half of NHC’s 5-4 overtime win over Assumption. She helped limit the opposition to just one goal in that 45-minute frame.
St. Joseph’s (Ind.) College’s Mary Reid was named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Week. The junior from Belfast amassed three goals and five assists in three victories by the Lady Pumas. Reid contributed a goal in a 5-0 win over Lewis, then had a goal and two assists in a 3-1 victory over Bellarmine. She capped the week with a goal and three assists in a 5-0 shutout of Kentucky Wesleyan. St. Joe’s is 11-1-1 overall and 5-1-1 in the GLVC.
Maryland upset top-ranked North Carolina, 5-0, with sophomore Angela Platt minding the goal. Platt, from Coleraine, Co. Derry, recorded six saves as the Tar Heels applied heavy pressure, getting off 14 shots and 13 penalty corners. The Terrapins followed that up with wins over Bucknell, 9-0, Duke, 7-3, and Boston University, 5-4, in overtime. Maryland, now 11-5, is ranked seventh.
Iona checked out the University of Kansas’ Rim Rock Farm course, the site of this year’s NCAA championships, and Mick Byrne’s Gaels earned themselves a sixth-place finish behind top-ranked Stanford in the Bob Timmons/Pre NCAA meet. Iona’s Vinny Mulvey, a sophomore from Ashbourne, Co. Meath, was 31st in 25 minutes, 37 seconds over the 5-mile course. Freshman Barry Egan from Caher, Co. Tipperary was along in 27:21, which placed him 193rd. Butler’s Julius Mwangi won the race in 23:47.
Providence ruled both the men’s and women’s divisions of the New England Championships at Franklin Park in Boston. Keith Kelly, a junior from Drogheda, was the runner-up in the men’s race, which was won by teammate Ben Noad in 23:42. Kelly ran the race in 24:01. Freshman Paul Reilly, from Loughrea, Co. Galway, placed 12th in 24:36. Larry Morrissey, a Providence junior from Waterford, was 30th in 25:06, and Ciaran Lynch, a sophomore from Limerick, was 35th in 25:15. Providence had 31 points to runner-up Dartmouth’s 56. Stephanie O’Reilly, a sophomore from Wicklow, finished fourth in the women’s race in 17:38. Teammate Sarah Dupre was the winner in 16:58. The Friars scored 21 points, with Dartmouth a distant second at 107.
Harvard’s men’s squad won the ECAC Championships at Princeton with victories over St. John’s, Army, Princeton, and Virginia Tech in the finals. Dublin junior Joe Green went undefeated throughout the event, starting with victories at sixth singles over St. John’s C. Carere, 6-0, 6-0, and Army’s S. Avichal, 7-5, 6-1. Green moved up a notch to fifth singles against Princeton and handled Kevin Woo, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3, then came through against Tech’s G. Semon, 6-2, 6-2. John Doran, also a junior from Dublin, was assigned the third singles position in the opening matches, defeating St. John’s A. Vainer, 6-2, 6-2, and Army’s M. Clay, 7-6(2), 6-2. In the second singles slot against Princeton, he beat Judson Williams, 6-2, 7-6(4), before meeting Tech’s Adam Marchetti, to whom he lost, 6-4, 6-4.
Doran and Andrew Styperek were Harvard’s team at third doubles through the first three matches, breezing past St. John’s Carere and Teppara, 8-1, and Army’s Avichal and Zelno, 8-3, before being stopped by Princeton’s Liu and Sweeney, 8-4. The pairings were then rearranged for the championship match against Tech, with Doran and Green assigned to first doubles, where they met
brothers Adam and Aaron Marchetti, ranked 10th in the country. The Crimson duo prevailed, 9-7, in an upset.
California’s Claire Curran, a junior from Dublin, teamed with Anita Kurimay to capture the doubles championship at the ASU Fall Classic in Arizona with a 8-6 victory over teammates Amy Jensen and Karoline Borgersen. Curran and Kurimay reached the finals with an 8-4 semifinal victory over Pepperdine’s Lawrence and Kaiwai. Curran made it to the semifinals in the singles bracket after victories over Kaiwai and Pepperdine’s Millie Prior. Cal’s Jensen defeated Curran, 1-6, 6-1, 6-1.
California’s Dan Coyle placed in a tie for 21st at the Husky Invitational, held at the Gold Mountain Golf Complex in Port Orchard, Wash. Coyle, a senior from Dundalk, shot 6-over-par 222 (75-75-72), which left him 13 strokes behind Stanford’s Dusty Brett, the individual champion. California finished fifth in the team race, which was won by Oregon.
Toledo finished second among 15 teams in the 49er Collegiate Classic at the Virginia Country Club in Long Beach, Calif. Ricky Elliott, a Toledo junior from Portrush, Co. Antrim, placed second with a 54-hole score of 1-over 214 (70-69-75). He finished six strokes behind Cal-Santa Barbara’s Naoya Takemoto. Toledo junior Tim Rice, from Rosbrien, Co. Limerick, tied for fifth place with a 5-over 218 (74-70-74). Freshman Alan Murray, from Dublin, finished in a tie for 60th at 233 (75-78-80).