All-Americans sweep the Irish
September 10, 2001

The All-American collegiate side has made it two from two on its short tour of Ireland with a 16-11 win over University Dublin College.

The collegiate team crossed for a try in each half and then held off a late-charge from their hosts to secure the victory in dry, blustery
conditions at the Belfield Bowl.

The final 15 minutes of the match required stout defense from the All-Americans as UCD kept the ball in hand at every opportunity.

Wing Paul Emerick and prop Mike MacDonald were the try scorers for the US collegiates, while fullback John Buchholz kicked two penalties. UCD's solitary 5-pointer was scored in the second half by their winger McCarron, while Hickey booted two penalty goals.

"The game was played at a faster pace than some of our guys had ever experienced before," noted head coach Tom Billups. "They were hurting, but that's part of the experience. We got a big contribution from our bench and I was proud of every man out there."

Sunday's win followed on the heels of the All-Americans' 21-5 defeat of Trinity College earlier in the week.

The two wins were the culmination of an All-American program that has been reinvigorated in 2001. Tour plans and staff were put in place in the spring and player selections were based largely on June's collegiate all-star championships.

The team assembled at the New York Athletic Club last week before flying to Ireland for the two fixtures in Dublin.

The All-American program will look to repeat the cycle next year with another overseas tour expected.

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