Articles by Joe McCarthy

Baseball is family

From the start of April, through the summer and into October, baseball rules my life. It is everything I do and everything I care about for seven months out of the year, and it has been that way for as long as I can remember. Baseball has been the way I spend time with friends…

Joe's Journal: Is it all over?

It is over; it is all over. It is Thursday, Sept. 22, the Chicago Bears are 0-2 and I have given up all hope. At least I think I have. Every year I go into the new NFL season with the highest hopes for the hometown Bears. I have honestly convinced my fickle mind that…

John Carroll take second at OAC Fall Invite

  Mohawk Golf & Country Club played host for a Sunday edition of the Ohio Athletic Conference Fall Invitational.   All eight of the OAC programs were in attendance for the mid-September weekend outing. John Carroll fell just two strokes shy of taking the overall victory with a team total of 592. Otterbein University bested…

A true underdog story

  It is not too often you can watch history in the making, but come Sunday, May 1, we may just see it happen.   Leicester City of the British Premier League is one victory away from winning the title, thanks to a Tottenham Hotspur draw with West Bromwich Albion.   For the uninitiated to…

Jam packed weekend tests John Carroll’s depth

It was a 31 inning weekend for the John Carroll University softball squad.   A double header on Saturday, April 23 developed into a Sunday, April 24 afternoon feature that included 17 innings and one win for JCU.   JCU dropped a two game stint with Muskingum University in a Saturday afternoon meeting with the…

Second game provides quick revenge for John Carroll

    John Carroll University baseball entered and exited the weekend at .500.   JCU split a double header with Muskingum University when they made the trip to University Heights for the Strike Out ALS weekend event. JCU dropped game one 6-5, but delivered an 8-2 revenge victory in the second game.   It would take…

Ready for another parade

Hello, April. I have been patiently waiting for you to come up on the calendar. For when April rolls around, so does my favorite time of the year: playoff hockey time.   The NHL playoffs just make me feel like a kid on Christmas Day, except I get to feel those feelings of jubilation for…

Hitting woes sink John Carroll

Air temperatures warmed up over the spring weekend in University Heights, but the John Carroll University women’s softball team bats fell cold in the double header with Otterbein University.   The Blue Streaks were outscored 14-1 after only registering eight hits throughout the double feature at Bracken Field.   Junior pitcher Brianna Lach started in…

OurView: Let’s get serious

    I originally did not want to write about sports having a larger impact on society. I wanted to write about something different, but I just could not bring myself to it.   Call it a flaw as a sports journalist or call it whatever you want, but at the end of the day…

Blue Streaks start OAC play on right foot

  The weather may have been unusual, but the offensive production for the John Carroll University women’s lacrosse team was at status quo.   A 19-4 routing of Wilmington College kicked off JCU’s Ohio Athletic Conference portion of the schedule.   The Blue Streaks traveled south to Wilmington, Ohio for the conference opener, escaping the…

JCU continues hot streak with big win

  There was no warm welcome for Southwestern University when they made the 1,400 mile trip to University Heights, Ohio. In a brisk night match-up on Friday, April 1, John Carroll University exploded to an 18-8 win over the Pirates.   Sophomore Gina Vilsack and freshman Jillian Millard led the way for the Blue Streaks…

Scoring outburst lifts JCU to bug win over Elmhurst

  Putting the ball in the net is a feat easier said than done. On a Saturday, March 12 afternoon contest with Elmhurst College, the John Carroll University Women’s Lacrosse team made it look easy.   The Blue Streaks offered a 21 goal offensive performance in the 21-5 victory over the Blue Jays from Elmhurst.…

JCU ends season with second place finish

The John Carroll University women’s swimming and diving team traveled to Akron, Ohio to compete for three days at the Ohio Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships last weekend. A second place finish for the team and a first place recognition as the OAC Women’s Coaching Staff of the Year for head coach Mark Fino…

JCU bounces back with close win over Marietta

  After scoring just nine points in the first quarter, the John Carroll University women’s basketball team battled back on Saturday, Feb. 13 to outscore Marietta University by 10 points over the final three quarters, going on to earn a 57-56 victory over the Pioneers.   Marietta dictated the scoring early, hitting back-to-back three-pointers to…

Blue Streaks continue undefeated season with big win

  Perfection is still reality with just four games remaining in the regular season for John Carroll University.   A 91-72 victory over Capital University on Saturday, Feb. 6, moves JCU to a perfect 21-0 record, heading into Wednesday’s matchup with Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio.   The physical battle between the two Ohio…

JCU continues to roll with commanding win

  Earning a 157-48 victory in the meet against  Wilmington College, the John Carroll  University women’s swimming and diving team wrapped up a 7-2 regular season that included a seven meet winning streak.   Victories started early for the Blue Streaks in the 200 Medley Relay. The team of senior Lindsey Fano, junior Amanda Casamatta…

Late surge leads Blue Streaks to victory

  After trailing by 15 points heading into the final four events against Wilmington College on Saturday, Jan. 30, the John Carroll University men’s swimming and diving team strung together important finishes to secure a 103-102 victory.   The hosting Fightin’ Quakers had the Blue Streaks’ back against the wall early, winning five of the…

JCU falls to ONU, drops to 0-2 in OAC play

John Carroll University Women’s Basketball is just ankle deep into the Ohio Athletic Conference schedule, but the Blue and Gold have already seen some of the toughest talent the conference has to offer. In just their second game of the conference schedule, the Blue Streaks were unable to find that first OAC win. A physical…

Blue Streaks start season off right with victory over Albion

  The start to the John Carroll University women’s basketball season was a tale of two halves.   After the visiting Albion College limited the Blue Streaks to just three points in the first quarter and 20 points for the half, there was room for improvement. JCU responded by erasing an 18-point deficit in the…

OurView: Lets talk about sports

  There is nothing more profound in life than when a single event captures the attention of the entire world. What happened in France over the weekend and the protests at the University of Missouri made time stand still, forcing the world to hopelessly stand by and watch while acts of terror and racism took…

JCU stumbles late, falls in Ohio Athletic Conference Championship

  Penalty kicks were the bearer of bad news for John Carroll University Men’s soccer on Saturday, Nov. 7.   Regulation plus overtime was not enough for JCU and host Ohio Northern University in the Ohio Athletic Conference Championship game. Instead, it took five rounds of “PKs” to crown the Polar Bears the 2015 OAC…

JCU wins second in a row by shutting out Wilmington

  Halloween weekend had a few treats in store for John Carroll University football team.   For the second consecutive week, John Carroll shut out their opponent and continued a four-game winning streak.   JCU (7-1, 6-1) took care of the Muskingum University Fighting Muskies (0-8, 0-7) 30-0 in an important Ohio Athletic Conference victory.…

JCU bounces back from loss, defeats Heidelberg mid-week

  Physicality and hustle are two mainstays with Ohio Athletic Conference soccer, and the Saturday, Oct. 10 night fixture inside Don Shula Stadium had those two points on display.   Unfortunately, the hustle and heart from the John Carroll University women’s soccer team did not translate into goals for the Blue Streaks against Wilmington College,…

Rough weather leads to tough result for Blue Streaks

  Cold, windy and rainy weather set up a miserable Saturday, Oct. 3 evening, but John Carroll University’s Women Soccer team played on.   JCU dropped a 3-0 contest with the visiting Ohio Northern University Polar Bears in the first Ohio Athletic Conference action of the season.   The Saturday night fixture’s kick-off was pushed…

JCU returns to winning ways with victory over Hiram College

A cool September evening welcomed the John Carroll University men’s soccer team back to the friendly walls of Don Shula Stadium for the second home game on the 2015 schedule. In front of the Alumni Night crowd,  on Saturday, Sept. 19, the Blue Streaks beat the Hiram College Terriers 3-0 in the 40th meeting between…