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Dublin’s Lynch is hat-trick hero

Cian Lynch of Savannah College of Art and Design.

College Roundup / By John Manley

Hats off to Cian Lynch, who blasted three goals into the net to lead Savannah College of Art and Design’s men’s soccer team past Florida Memorial, 4-1, in Miramar, Fla. on Saturday. Lynch, a freshman from Dublin, has scored eight goals this season for the Bees (4-4-0).

Ahu Obhakhan led a Fairleigh Dickinson rally that saw the Knights score the final three goals in a 3-2 victory over Bucknell in Teaneck, N.J. on Thursday. Obhakhan, a Drogheda junior, scored the first FDU goal in the second half and then set up the winning tally in overtime. He has five goals and two assists this season for the Knights (6-2-1).

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Singular had it over plural as Cumberland University of Tennessee defeated University of the Cumberlands of Kentucky, 3-0, in Lebanon, Tenn. last Wednesday. Brian McNamara, a County Kildare senior, led the scoring brigade for the Phoenix (8-1-0), providing their first two tallies. Patrick Crowley, a Cork freshman, set up the final goal.

Joel McIlroy successfully converted a penalty kick in overtime to lead the University of Mary past Southern Nazarene, 3-2, in Hays, Kan. on Thursday. McIlroy is a freshman from Larne, Co. Antrim. The Marauders are 3-5-1.

Evan Gaffney, a sophomore keeper from Dublin, made five saves to help Truett-McConnell defeat Tennessee Wesleyan, 2-1, in Athens, Tenn. on Wednesday. The Bears are 9-1-1.

Christian Brothers University defeated Delta State, 3-0, in Cleveland, Miss. on Sunday, with Brendan Bennett assisting on the second and third Buccaneers’ tallies. Those were the first two assists on the season for the Belfast senior. CBU is 5-4-0.

Flagler’s Kyle Doherty earned his first collegiate point on an assist in the Saints’ 3-2 win over Georgia Southwestern in Americus, Ga. on Thursday. The freshman from Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary had his blast deflected but not secured by the keeper and a Flagler teammate finished off the ball for the Saints’ first score. Flagler, coached by John Lynch of Summerhill, Co. Meath, is 2-6-0.

Mikie Rowe scored his third goal of the season on a shot from the middle to the right side as Young Harris College defeated South Carolina-Aiken, 3-2, in a Saturday road contest. Rowe is a junior from Campile, Co. Wexford. The Mountain Lions are 7-1-1.


The tables turned for Oakland University, which was winless just a week ago. The Golden Grizzlies won both their contests this past week by scores of 2-1 over Detroit Mercy and Youngstown State. Vanessa Ogbonna, a junior from Tramore, Co. Waterford, registered an assist in both matches. Nadine Maher, a Dublin freshman, went all the way in the Detroit win and made two saves; in 62 minutes against Youngstown, she allowed one goal without any saves. Oakland is now 2-10-1.

Cliona Crammond joined in the scoring, tallying her fourth goal of the season, in a 9-1 Goldey-Beacom victory over Lincoln (Pa.). Crammond, a junior from County Wicklow, earned an assist in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Post at home. Goldey is now 8-1-1.


Katie Miller, a senior from County Kildare, recorded eight saves while allowing just one goal, as Michigan State defeated Ohio State, 2-1, in Columbus, Ohio last Monday. The Spartans are 6-6.

Louisville moved to 8-4 with victories over Syracuse, 2-1, in overtime on Friday and Central Michigan, 2-0, on Sunday. Ayesisha McFerran was in goal for the Cardinals throughout the Friday contest and made five saves. She played the first half of the Sunday victory and had a rather perfunctory tour of duty, needing to stop no shots. She is a junior from Larne, Co. Antrim.

Edel Nyland was on a diet of a goal and an assist per contest as Longwood split its weekend matches – a 4-1 home win over Appalachian State on Friday and a 3-2 road loss to American on Sunday. Nyland, a junior from Castletiney, Co. Tipperary, has nine goals and two assists thus far for the Lancers (9-2-0).

Pippa Best got credit for an assist in Liberty’s 3-1 victory over Old Dominion in Lynchburg, Va. on Friday. Best is a junior forward from Lisburn, Co. Antrim. The Flames are now 4-6.


McNeese State freshmen Brian Flanagan and Luke Horgan finished fifth and 17th, respectively, in the Cowboy Stampede hosted by their school. Flanagan, a Dubliner, got the four-mile course in 20.01.7, while Horgan, a Corkman, was in at 21:01.5. Teammate Enrique Soto ran the winning 19:13.1.

Butler freshman Barry Keane placed 67th of 172 runners in the Men’s 5 Mile Blue race at the Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, Ind. Keane, a Waterford product, finished the race in 24:48.1. Alabama’s Gilbert Kigen ran a winning 23:23.7.