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Tipp's Tobin gets top 10 in Tuscaloosa

Jackie Burns.

College Roundup / By John Manley

Mississippi’s Sean Tobin got sixth place in the NCAA Division 1 Cross Country South Regional in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The senior from Clonmel, Co. Tipperary needed 30:15.7 to cover 10,000 meters in a race won by Alabama’s Gilbert Kigen in 29:44.5. Ole Miss missed out on the team title by five points to Middle Tennessee State.

Butler’s Barry Keane took 12th place in the Great Lakes Regional in Terre Haute, Ind. The Waterford freshman covered 10,000 meters in 31:19.5 in a race won by Michigan’s Ben Flanagan in 30:54.0.

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Iona’s Jack O’Leary, a freshman from Killucan, Co. Westmeath, got 28th place in the Northeast Regional in Amherst, N.Y. He posted a 10K time of 32:44.4. A pair of Providence runners from Ireland trailed him in. Liam Harris, a sophomore from Douglas, Co. Cork, got 40th place in 33:04.5, while Aaron O’Hanlon, a senior from Drogheda, was along in 33:54.3, which was good for 90th place in this 254-man field. Syracuse’s Justyn Knight won the race in 31:43.4. Syracuse also won the team title, with Iona second and Providence 12th.

In the Northeast women’s race, Iona’s Sophie Murphy finished 14th with a time of 22:18.5 for 6,000 meters. She is a freshman from Dublin. Teammate Niamh O’Connor came in 103rd, caught by the teletimer in 23:30.5 She is a sophomore from County Kildare. New Hampshire’s Elinor Purrier won the race in 21:20.8.

A trio of Irish ran in the South Central Regional in College Station, Tex. McNeese State’s Brian Flanagan, a freshman from Dublin, showed best. His 31:38.5 got him 51st place. Lamar’s Cormac Kelly, a senior from County Carlow, was close behind. He reported in at the 31:47.3 mark, good for 55th place. Lamar’s Keith Fallon, a Dublin senior, turned up in 32:15.9, which got him 82nd place. Tulane’s Emmanuel Rotich led the field with a time of 29:49.1.

Tulsa’s Peter Lynch came in 88th in the Midwest Regional in Ames, Iowa. The Kilkenny freshman finished in 30:39.6 in a race won by Illinois’ Jonathan Davis in 29:06.2.


Carson-Newman advanced past the first round of the NCAA Division 2 Women’s Soccer championship with a 2-0 victory over Queens (N.C.) on Sunday. Jacqueline Burns, a sophomore from Cookstown, Co. Tyrone locked down the net for the Eagles with seven saves, including one on a penalty kick. Teammate Lauren Wade, a senior from Coleraine, Co. Derry, earned assists on both Carson goals. The Eagles (18-0-1), ranked second in Division 2, next take on Columbus State (16-3-0) at home on Friday.


Ayeisha McFerran made eight saves in goal but that wasn’t enough as Louisville dropped a 3-2 overtime decision to Northwestern in first-round play of the NCAA Division 1 championship tournament. By contrast, the Northwestern goalkeeper made just one save, while allowing two goals. The Cardinals finish the season with a 14-8 record.


Truett McConnell’s Evan Gaffney had eight saves in goal in Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Bryan in semifinal round action of the Appalachian Athletic Conference tournament. His opposite number had none. The sophomore from Malahide, Dublin then stopped three shots in Friday’s 2-0 championship victory over Union (Ky.). The Bears (16-3-2) now move on to the NAIA Championship tournament.

Patrick Crowley set up the winning goal in overtime to help Cumberland (Tenn.) to a 2-1 victory over Lindsey Wilson on Friday for the championship of the Mid-South Conference. In the 14th minute of overtime, the Cork freshman played a through ball to teammate Daniel Williams, who sent the ball into the back of the net for the match winner. The Phoenix (15-2-2) now move on to the NAIA Championship tournament.

Calum Kearney, a junior from Belfast, assisted on the second goal of the match to help Mobile down William Carey, 5-1, in the Southern States Athletic Conference championship in Montgomery, Ala. on Friday. The Rams (13-3-2) earned a trip to the NAIA tournament as a result.

When Jon Gallagher beat the keeper, putting the ball into the left side of the net, Notre Dame tied Virginia at 1 in semifinal play of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament on Wednesday. But the Cavaliers came back almost five minutes later to go ahead, and they maintained that 2-1 advantage to the end. The goal was the 13th of the season for the Dundalk senior. The Fighting Irish (11-6-2) begin first-round play in the NCAA Division 1 tournament this week.

Mark Hammond scored the lone goal of the match to propel LSU-Alexandria to a 1-0 victory over Our Lady of the Lake in Texarkana, Tex. on Thursday and a spot in the championship match of the Red River Athletic Conference championship. The Generals couldn’t keep up the momentum there, though, and fell to Houston-Victoria, 2-0, to finish the season at 11-6-3.

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