Next up was an 86-76 victory over Vassar, in which McGarrity fouled out despite playing only nine minutes. He did manage seven points, hitting all three field-goal attempts, including one heave. McGarrity limited himself to one personal foul in the 76-71 win over Clarkson. His 14 points were second highest on the team. He drained five of seven shots from the floor, including two of three from long range, and two of three free throws. He also had four rebounds. St. Lawrence is now 13-7 overall and 6-4 in the Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association.
Conor Grace posted a double-double in Davidson’s 99-86 triumph over Appalachian State. The Dublin sophomore scored 12 points, shooting 5-for-13 from the floor, including 2-for-6 from long distance. He had 11 rebounds, four steals and three assists. The Wildcats followed with an 84-77 victory over UNC-Greensboro, in which Grace grabbed eight caroms and scored four points, shooting 2-for-5. He is averaging 9.0 points per game and his 7.9 boards per contest leads Davidson, which is 14-7 overall and 8-3 in the Southern Conference.
Colin O’Reilly was also good for a double-double in Teikyo Post’s 86-78 loss to Philadelphia University of Sciences. The freshman from Dublin rolled 12s in both the points and rebounds columns. His shooting eye found the hole on six of 13 attempts. Teammate Ronan O’Leary, a senior from Derry, added two points and three rebounds. TPU exacted vengeance from Green Mountain by a 90-69 score. O’Reilly flipped in 11 points in just 18 minutes, nailing five of eight from the floor, including a three-pointer. He notched eight rebounds and three assists. O’Leary contributed four points, making his lone three-point try and hitting one of two foul shots. Post is now 13-10 overall and 11-5 in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference.
Colby’s Michael Westbrooks also doubled his pleasure, although the Mules (6-15) lost to Maine-Machias, 79-63. The Dublin freshman scored 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
Hot shooting Simon Behan was in for only 12 minutes, but he racked up 13 points, shooting 3-for-4 from the field and 7-for-8 from the foul line as
Middlebury lost to Wesleyan, 106-98. Behan is a sophomore from Dublin.
Jon Larranaga put 14 points on the board as George Mason (13-9, 8-5 Colonial Athletic Association) downed Hofstra, 70-54. Larranaga, a senior who has played for the Irish national team, connected on 6-for-18 from the floor and 2-for-2 from the foul line. His four steals were a game high.
Manhattan’s Siobhan Kilkenny was named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference player of the week and turned in another fine game on the heels of that announcement. The senior from Castlebar, Co. Mayo put up a game-high 15 points in the Lady Jaspers’ 61-51 victory over Fairfield. She shot 6-for-9 from the field, including 2-for-3 from Gaelic Park, and 1-for-2 from the foul line. Her six assists also paced all players. Among Kilkenny’s five rebounds was a swipe off the offensive glass with 44 seconds on the game clock that helped seal the victory. Manhattan was leading by four points at the time and Kilkenny’s board was forwarded to a teammate who was fouled and made both free throws to up the lead to six. Manhattan (14-8, 11-2 MAAC) now has an 11-game winning streak.
Quinnipiac improved to 11-1 in the Northeast Conference with a 77-71 win over Mount St. Mary’s. Sophomore guard Kim Fitzpatrick threw in 12 points, on 4-for-12 shooting from the floor, including 2-for-4 from three-point land, and 2-for-4 from the foul line. Fitzpatrick hails from Waterford. The
Bobcats are 15-6 overall.
Sacred Heart’s Kate Maher got roughed up a bit in the Pioneers’ game with Monmouth, but the Waterford junior cashed in at the free throw line, making seven of eight attempts. She also canned two of six field goal attempts to finish with 11 points. Her eight rebounds led Sacred Heart, which is 12-8 overall and 6-5 in the Northeast Conference.
Iona is still looking for that elusive second victory of the season. They were not obliged by St. Peter’s, who took the Gaels for a 78-65 win. Junior
Michelle Fahy broke out of a scoring slump to light up the scoreboard with 21 points. She went 8-for-12 from the floor (including 1-for-2 from downtown) and 4-for-4 from the foul line. The Galway resident also had five rebounds. Iona is 1-21.
TRACK & FIELD
High Point’s Tommy Evans has run to victory in consecutive meets. The senior from County Kilkenny was an easy winner in the men’s 5,000 meters at the Tar Heel Blue Invitational. With a time of 14:46.02, Evans handily finished in front of the runner-up, teammate Bubba Hill, who was along in 15:05.42.
Evans came back at the East Tennessee State Invitational to lead the way in the men’s 3,000 meters. He broke the tape in 8:39.8.
ETSU’s James Grufferty finished first in the 5,000 meters at that meet, clocking in at 15:05.54. He is a sophomore from Glanmire, Co. Cork.
Providence College’s Roisin McGettigan blazed the fastest indoor mile by a collegiate woman this season when she finished second at the Terrier
Invitational in Boston (the race was won by a non-collegian). McGettigan, a senior from County Wicklow, finished in 4:37.95. Teammate Deirdre Byrne, a sophomore from Avoca, Co. Wicklow, finished third in 4:40.47. Both McGettigan and Byrne automatically qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championship, to be held March 14-15 in Fayetteville, Ark.
The Friars’ Mary Cullen, a sophomore from County Sligo, won the women’s 5,000 meters in 16:34.22, which is an NCAA provisional qualifying time. Teammate Emer O’Shea, a senior from Limerick, placed first in the 1,000 meters, timed in 2:52.68.
Providence’s Liam Reale, a sophomore from Hospital, Co. Limerick, captured the men’s mile, in which he qualified for the IC4As with his time of
Joe McAlister ran the anchor leg for Iona in the Gaels’ victorious outing in the distance medley relay at the Metropolitan Championship, held at the 168th Street Armory in Manhattan. The junior from Belfast churned his way to a 4:12 mile, without prompting. The team’s time was 10:01.87.