Miami’s Sinead Lohan.
By John Manley
A week after being named Women’s Tennis Player of the Week by the Atlantic Coast Conference, Miami’s Sinead Lohan continued to pound out singles victories as the Hurricanes defeated Virginia Tech, 5-2, and Virginia, 4-2. The junior from Waterford downed Tech’s Francesca Fusinato, 6-3, 6-3, in a match at first singles and then throttled Virginia’s Cassie Meyer, 6-4, 6-1, at second singles. Lohan is currently ranked 17th among Division 1 women.
Mercyhurst won the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championship with a 5-4 victory over Edinboro in the final round in Bloomsburg, Pa. on Saturday. Conor McCooey, in his junior year, scored a point for the Lakers with a victory at fifth singles, 6-4, 6-1, over Kevin Mboko. His brother Cormac McCooey, a freshman, was less fortunate, falling, 0-6, 6-4, 7-5, to Daniel Fernandez at second singles. The Lakers got past Bloomsburg, 5-1, in Friday’s semifinal round to advance to the finals. The McCooey brothers each participated in a doubles win, Cormac with Nenad Terzic at the one slot, where they scored an 8-3 victory over Gerard Puig and Steve Williams, and Conor with Joaquin Aguilera slotted second, where they took down Pedro Andari and Pablo Herrero, 8-6. Conor was a winner, 6-1, 6-1, at fifth singles over Andari, while Cormac’s match at second singles was abandoned once Mercyhurst clinched the team match. The McCooey brothers are from Dublin.
Osgar O’Hoisin contributed a win at fourth singles to Wisconsin’s 7-0 blasting of Indiana in Madison, Wis. on Friday. The Dublin sophomore handled Kelvon Tabrizi, 6-3, 7-6.
Paul McBride shared the low score after 54 holes at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship at Musgrove Mill in Clinton, S.C. The Wake Forest junior out of Malahide, Dublin shot rounds of 71, 71 and 69 to finish on even terms with three others. The playoff lasted only a hole, however, as Virginia’s Jimmy Stanger managed a birdie to snag individual honors. Duke, which had no players in the playoff, won the team crown by virtue of its depth, with five golfers filling out slots ranging from fifth to 15th places. Wake Forest took third place, 17 strokes behind Duke.
Iona’s Oisin Devereux finished joint-24th of 45 golfers in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship at the Magnolia Course at Walt Disney World in Florida. The Dublin freshman fired rounds of 80, 78 and 77 to finish 19 strokes over par and 15 behind medalist Mike Winter of St. Peter’s.
A rough start cost Kansas State’s Chloe Weir dearly in the Big 12 Championship at The Dominion in San Antonio, Tex. The Belfast sophomore clubbed her way to an 80 in benign conditions. She then made up ground with rounds of 72 and 74, which left 12 strokes between her and medalist Dylan Kim of Baylor. Weir’s total was, however, best on her team and good for a share of 20th place.
Central Connecticut State’s Tara Whelan took 19th place at the Northeast Conference Championship at the LPGA’s Jones Course in Daytona Beach, Fla. Whelan, a junior from Clonlara, Co. Clare, shot rounds of 79, 82 and 78, which left her 21 strokes off the low number, jointly held by a pair from Sacred Heart University.
Tom Lyons earned an assist in Illinois Wesleyan’s 17-4 rout of Concordia (Wis.) in Bloomington, Ill. last Wednesday. Lyons, a sophomore from Palos Heights, Ill., also got credit for one ground ball. He has experience with the Irish national team by virtue of his family roots in County Mayo. The Titans moved to 12-3 with the victory.
WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD
Eastern Kentucky’s Megan Kiely took second place in the women’s 400-meter hurdles at the Bellarmine Classic in Louisville, Ky. on Saturday. Kiely, a senior from Dunhill, Co. Waterford crossed the finish in 1:05.56. Bellarmine’s Amanda Schnabel ran 1:04.23 to get the win.
MEN’S TRACK & FIELD
Indiana State’s Jamie Murtagh won his third high jump of the spring season and third in the last three weeks when he cleared 2.06 meters at the Pacesetter Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind. The junior from Ashbourne, Co. Meath was the only contestant to leave the bar unmolested at that height.
Wichita State’s Kyle Larkin was runner-up in the men’s 5,000 meters at the John Jacobs Invitational in Norman, Okla. on Saturday. The junior Limerick ran a 15:16.56, topped only by the 15:13.99 tossed by Tulsa’s Steven Salvano.
McNeese State freshman Brian Flanagan got third place in the men’s 3,000 meters steeplechase at the LSU Alumni Challenge in Baton Rouge, La. on Saturday. The Dubliner finished in 9:29.08 in a race won by teammate Christoph Graf in 8:49.42.