Hawkshaw scores winner for UMass

Sarah Hawkshaw.

By John Manley

Sarah Hawkshaw scored the winning goal as Massachusetts defeated Providence, 1-0, in women’s field hockey on the losers’ pitch on Saturday. Hawkshaw, a senior midfielder from Dublin, scored on a give and go into the circle in the 40th minute to lift UMass to 10-4. She has eight tallies this season.

Ayeisha McFerran minded the goal for Louisville in road victories over Boston College, 4-1, on Friday and New Hampshire, 5-2, on Sunday. The junior from Larne, Co. Antrim stopped five shots against Boston College and two against New Hampshire. The Cardinals are 10-4-1.

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Kathryn Edgar got an assist on Temple’s second goal in a 3-2 overtime victory over Cal-Davis in Philadelphia on Sunday. Edgar is a sophomore midfielder from Craigavon, Co. Armagh. The Owls improved to 4-8.


Matthew Taylor, a junior from Dublin, scored what proved to be the winning goal to lead Quinnipiac past Canisius, 3-0, in Hamden, Conn. on Saturday. Taylor scored on a rebound in the 15th minute as the Bobcats improved to 3-7-1.

A Jon Gallagher header from four yards out to the left post in the ninth minute of overtime proved decisive in a 2-1 Notre Dame triumph over Northwestern in a Tuesday home match. The Fighting Irish them improved to 8-2-1 with a 2-1 win over Clemson on the loser’s pitch on Friday. Gallagher scored his eighth goal of the season here and later set up the winning tally with less than two minutes left in regulation. Gallagher, a senior, hails from Dundalk.

Brendan Bennett scored twice within the first six minutes to set Christian Brothers on its path in a 7-0 trouncing of Auburn-Montgomery in Memphis on Friday. Bennett, a Belfast senior, then got the hat treatment when he scored again in the 51st minute. He has scored seven goals this season for the 6-4-0 Bucs.

Sean French redirected a free kick inside the right post for the second goal in a 3-0 LSU-Alexandria victory over Texas College on Saturday. French, a Galway junior, also picked up an assist on the first Generals tally. They improved to 8-2-1.

Evan Gaffney, a Dublin sophomore, got credit for four saves in Truett-McConnell’s 2-1 win over Bob Jones University in Cleveland, Ga. on Saturday. The Bears ticked up to 10-1-2.

Junior Stephen Carroll scored a goal, his third of the season, as Davenport defeated Purdue Northwest, 2-0, in Hammond, Ind. on Wednesday. The Panthers (7-4-1) closed out the week with a 3-2 overtime loss to Ashland. Freshman Daire O’Riordan assisted on Davenport’s second goal. He and Carroll both hail from Cork.

The scoring flowed free and easy for Martin Methodist in an 8-1 dismantling of Brewton-Parker in Pulaski, Tenn. on Thursday. Dublin senior Jack McCarren accounted for two of the Red Hawks’ goals and was instrumental in setting up three others. Martin is 8-2-0.

Joel McIlroy, a freshman from Larne, Co. Antrim, scored two goals for the University of Mary in a 3-0 victory over the University of Jamestown in a Tuesday road contest. The Marauders are 5-5-1.

Calvin Murphy scored Northern Kentucky’s lone goal in a 2-1 loss to Oakland in Highland Heights, Ky. on Saturday. The junior from County Cavan has two goals for the Norse (6-3-3) this season.

Cian Lynch scored the first goal of the match in a 3-2 Savannah College of Art & Design loss to Southeastern (Fla.). Lynch is a freshman from Dublin. The Bees are 4-6-0.

Mikie Rowe scored the only goals Young Harris College needed in a 3-1 victory over Francis Marion in a Saturday home match. Rowe, a junior from Campile, Co. Wexford, scored twice within an eight-minute span in the second half. The Mountain Lions are 9-1-1.

Young Harris defeated Limestone earlier in the week, 2-1. Ruairi Croskery set up the only Limestone goal. Later, on Saturday, the sophomore from Castlewellan, Co. Down again got the assist on the lone Limestone goal, only this time the result was a 1-0 victory for the Saints (7-2-2) over Emmanuel (Ga.).

Thirty-three minutes into Cumberland University’s Friday road match with Lindsey Wilson, the Phoenix were flying high thanks to two goals via the head and foot of Brian McNamara. The County Kildare senior headed a ball in off the post for the first tally and later beat the keeper on a penalty kick to put his side up, 2-0. But the tide turned and Cumberland left as 6-2 losers to fall to 8-2-1. McNamara has contributed nine goals and four assists to Cumberland’s offense.

Likewise, things were looking up for City College of New York when Christopher Lavelle set up the first goal of the match to give the Beavers a 1-0 lead over Ramapo on Wednesday in Mahwah, N.J. But that didn’t hold and CCNY remained winless, suffering a 5-1 loss. They are now 0-11-0. Lavelle is a junior from County Tipperary.


Lauren Wade snuck a shot into the right side of the goal for her sixth tally of the season in a 5-2 Carson-Newman victory over Lincoln Memorial at home on Wednesday. The Eagles then took to the road for a 3-0 whitewash of Catawba on Saturday. Wade, a senior from Coleraine, Co. Derry, earned an assist on their third goal. Jacqueline Burns, a sophomore from Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, stopped three shots in the Lincoln win and had four saves against Catawba. Carson-Newman is 10-0-1.

Jane McKevitt closed out the scoring in Clayton State’s 8-0 road win over Albany State on Saturday. That was the first goal of the season for the sophomore from Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Clayton is 4-6-0.


Laura Tobin finished 15th of 227 runners in the Disney Classic in Kissimmee, Fla. The St. Leo junior from Clonmel, Co. Tipperary got in at the 19:10.9 mark. Wingate’s Amy Jackson, a senior from Derry, got 65th place, timed in 20:27.1. Florida International’s Sherilene Gebretsadik won the 5,000 meters race in 18:00.8.


Adams State’s Paddy Robb finished 22nd of 167 runners in the Men’s Gold race at the Fort Hays State Open in Fort Hays, Kan. Robb, a freshman from Belfast, finished 8,000 meters in 26:03.1 in a race won by Mason Phillips of Sioux Falls in 24:48.0. Adams finished second in the team scoring to Western State.


Arizona State sophomore Olivia Mehaffey got sixth place in the Windy City Collegiate Championship at Northmoor Country Club in Highland Park, Ill. Mehaffey, a sophomore from Belfast, led after shooting a first-round 65, but the magic wore off as she followed with rounds of 74 and 73. That left her a stroke under par and five behind medalist Maddie McCrary of Oklahoma State. The Sun Devils hung on to win the team title by three strokes over Oklahoma State. Duke’s Leona Maguire, a senior from Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan, got a share of ninth place, having shot 215 (71-71-73).


Wake Forest’s Paul McBride finished 23rd of 75 golfers in the Nike Golf Collegiate Invitational at Pumpkin Ridge in Eugene, Ore. McBride, a senior from Malahide, Dublin, shot rounds of 73, 70 and 68 to finish the event two strokes under par and 11 behind medalist Norman Xiong of Oregon.