Ronan then scored the winning goal in the Tigers’ 3-2 triumph over Vanderbilt with a shot through the keeper’s legs in the 75th minute. Teammate John Reilly also scored in the 47th minute on a header off a long throw-in from Chris Schmidt. Reilly is a sophomore from Dublin. Memphis is 6-3-1 overall and 1-3-0 against Conference USA opponents.
Vermont’s Tony Anderson has been the focal point of the scoring action in the Catamounts’ last two contests. The sophomore from Belfast picked up an assist in a 1-1 tie with New Hampshire. He then scored both goals in a 2-1 victory over Binghamton. The first was a header from the back post in the 67th minute. The second came almost 10 minutes later when he took a cross from Ian Hutchins and drilled the ball in from 20 yards out. This was the first multi-goal performance of his collegiate career. Anderson’s seven goals and four assists lead the Catamounts in scoring. Vermont, coached by Belfast native Roy Patton, is 8-4-1 overall and 3-0-1 in the America East.
Rio Grande’s Jon Leonard was recently honored as American Mideast Conference Player of the Week. The senior from Belfast had two goals and two assists in a 5-1 win over Cedarville, then had a goal and an assist in a 4-1 victory over Tiffin. He followed that with a three-goal performance in a 6-1 win over Urbana. In that match, Michael McManus picked up an assist. He, too, is a senior from Belfast. Leonard is the team’s leading scorer with 10 goals and three assists. Rio, now 10-0-0 overall and 3-0-0 in the AMC, is ranked No. 2 in the NAIA poll.
Rory Hussey broke a 2-2 tie with a goal in the 60th minute to help Mercyhurst defeat Ashland, 4-3. The goal was the second of the season for the senior from Dublin. The Lakers, ranked No. 4 in Division II, are 11-0-0 overall and 2-0-0 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Belfast’s Alan Dawson and Dublin’s Fran O’Leary found themselves on opposite sidelines in the Old Dominion-George Mason match. Dawson walked away the winner after two overtime periods, which saw ODU come out on top, 2-1. The match was decided when one of the Monarchs lofted a shot over the head of a charging John O’Hara with less than three minutes left in the extra period. The sophomore from Foxford, Co. Mayo, made five saves for George Mason, which is now 6-2-2 overall and 1-1-0 in the Colonial Athletic Association. ODU is now 5-4-0 and 2-0-0 in the CAA.
Gareth Hayden scored Winthrop’s final goal in a 5-0 win over Longwood. The senior from Dublin now has five goals and one assist for the season. The
Eagles are 7-3-1.
Ross McLynn, a Sligo junior, had a goal in Christian Brothers’ 4-2 victory over Montevallo. CBU then fell to 3-7-2 with losses to West Florida, 2-0, Lambuth, 4-2, and St. Leo, 5-1. Gareth O’Sullivan, a native of Ballina, Co. Mayo, coaches CBU.
New York University has split its last four matches, starting with a 3-1 loss to Brandeis. Joe Behan’s squad followed with victories over Washington (Mo.), 2-0, and SUNY-Farmingdale, 3-0. Most recently, the Violets lost to Chicago, 1-0, to fall to 8-4-1 overall and 1-3-0 in the University Athletic Association. Behan is a Dubliner.
Clemson’s undefeated record was on the line and the Tigers came through with a goal in the second overtime period to down South Carolina, 2-1. Trevor Adair’s Tigers then enjoyed a romp over Wofford, 8-0. Adair is from Belfast.
Wingate divided its last pair. A 2-0 loss to Presbyterian was followed by a 2-1 victory over North Florida. Wingate, coached by Belfast native Gary Hamill, is 7-6-1.
Donegal’s Seamus McFadden has San Diego at 10-3-0 overall and 0-1-0 in the West Coast Conference. The Toreros came back from a 2-1 loss to Boston University to defeat Albany, 4-1, and Cal State-Northridge, 1-0. They then stumbled against Loyola Marymount, losing 3-2 after two overtime periods.
Boston College moved to 7-3-0 overall and 4-2-0 in the Big East after last week’s action. The Eagles began with a 4-0 rout of Dartmouth, then lost to
Notre Dame in overtime, 1-0. Dublin’s Ed Kelly coaches Boston College.
Aisling Callaghan scored the first goal midway through the first half as Northern Kentucky cruised over Lewis, 4-0. The junior from Dublin then set up the winning goal with a corner kick as less than a minute remained on the clock in the second overtime period as the Norse defeated Hillsdale, 1-0. NKU, ranked No. 1 in Div. II, is 12-0-1 overall and 5-0-1 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
Charlene Reynolds set up both Slippery Rock goals in a 2-1 defeat of Clarion. The tallies came in the first and 15th minutes. Reynolds is a freshman from Ennis, Co. Clare. The Rock, coached by Cork native Noreen Herlihy, fell to 7-3-0 with subsequent losses to Millersville, 1-0, in two overtimes, and Mercyhurst, 1-0.
Keene State, ranked 14th in Div. III, won two and lost one in the last week. Denise Lyons’s team defeated Worcester State, 3-0, then fell to Williams, 2-1. They righted themselves with a 2-1 victory over Plymouth State. Keene is now 10-2-1. Lyons is a native of Newcastle West, Co. Limerick.
Margaret Saurin, a senior from Dublin, assisted on two goals in Christian Brothers’ 6-1 win over West Florida. CBU’s next victim was Lynn, which fell by a 3-1 score. Saurin chipped in with one tally. She then fired on all cylinders in a 7-0 blasting of St. Leo, accounting for two goals and four assists. Saurin now has nine goals and a team-leading 16 assists thus far in 2002. Gareth O’Sullivan also coaches the third-ranked Lady Bucs, who are 11-1-0.
Providence College won the women’s division of the Penn State National Meet at University Park, Pa., led by Mary Cullen. The Sligo sophomore finished third with a time of 21:00.26. She preceded teammates Roisin McGettigan, a senior from Wicklow, who was eighth in 21:26.20, Emer O’Shea, a Limerick senior, who was 12th in 21:48.63, and Deirdre Byrne, a sophomore from Avoca, Co. Wicklow, who was 15th in 21:58.87. West Virginia’s Megan Metcalfe won the race in 20:49.72. The Friars outpointed Villanova, 51-74, for the title.
The Friars’ men captured the New England Championship for the 22nd time, led by Adam Sutton, who broke the tape in 23:31. Patrick Guidera, a Providence sophomore from Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, placed 11th in 24:40. Providence outscored Brown, 36-70, for the championship, which was held at Franklin Park in Boston. The Friars’ freshman Martin Fagan, from Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, won the junior varsity race in 25:21.
Western Kentucky’s Enda Grandfield placed 79th in the Notre Dame Invitational at South Bend, Ind. The junior from Killorglin, Co. Kerry ran the 8,000-meter course in 26:06. Stanford’s Ryan Hall won the event in 24:10.
Kent State’s Martina Gillen, a junior from Dublin, tied for third place in the Lady Northern Invitational at Finkbine Golf Club in Iowa City, Iowa. Her 54-hole score of 219 (75-70-74) left her eight strokes behind Penn State’s Katie Futcher, the medalist. Kent won the team trophy by a three-stroke margin.
Campbell’s Michelle Holmes, a sophomore from Co. Mayo, tied for 67th place in the Louisville Cardinal Cup at the Cardinal Club in Simpsonville, Ky. Holmes shot 259 (84-89-86) for 54 holes. UNC-Greensboro’s Jenny Gleason was the winner, with a score of 217.
The men’s division, called the Cardinal Intercollegiate, was held at the same venue, and was won by South Alabama. The Jaguars’ Gareth Maybin, a sophomore from County Antrim, tied for seventh place at 213 (72-72-69). The Southeast Louisiana duo of Mark O’Sullivan and Mervyn Owens tied for the 35th and 64th spots, respectively. O’Sullivan, a senior from Galway, shot 222 (76-70-76), while Owens, a sophomore from Mallow, Co. Cork, finished at 231 (81-75-75). South Alabama’s Ryan Gildersleeve and Virginia Commonwealth’s W.T. Brown were low scorers at 207. Southeast Louisiana took ninth place in the 15-team field.
Toledo finished in seventh place at the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate at Colbert Hills Golf Club in Manhattan, Kan. Seniors Sean McTernan and David Jones tied for 13th and 16th places, respectively. McTernan, from Sligo, shot 230 (84-71-75), while Jones, from Derry, came in with 231 (79-74-78). Freshman teammate Richard Kilpatrick, from Banbridge, Co. Down, tied for 31st place at 235 (77-79-79). Kansas State’s Aaron Watkins was medallist at 215.