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Wagner, Ricigliano Shoot Mid-70s on Day 2; Merrimack Women’s Golf Finishes Seventh at Big Apple Invitational

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – The Merrimack College women’s golf team returned to the links for the first time since earning a three-peat as Northeast-10 Conference champions, competing in the Big Apple Lady Invitational at Elmwood Country Club on Monday (Oct. 17) and Tuesday (Oct. 18). The Warriors wrapped up the two-day tournament in a tie for seventh place, as juniors Jessica Wagner (San Diego, Calif.)and Alessandra Ricigliano (Scarsdale, N.Y.) roared back scores in the 70s on Day 2.

The Basics
Team Finish:
 Merrimack College (334-335—669) | T-7th/14
Top Finisher: Jessica Wagner (81-76—157th) | T-16th 
Location:
 Elmwood Country Club | White Plans, N.Y.

How It Happened

  • Both Wagner and Ricigliano made major improvements during the second round of the tournament; Wagner, after shooting an 81 on Monday, cut five strokes off her Day 2 total to shoot a season-low four-over-par 76 and finish with a two-day total of 157 strokes, good for a tie for 16h place on the individual leader board.
  • Ricigliano, meanwhile, was among the tournament’s most-improved Day 2 players after cutting a whopping 10 strokes off her opening round score; the NE-10 Championship’s individual medalist went from an 85 to a three-over-par 75 on Tuesday, accounting for her second-lowest round of the season, with the only lower score being the 71 she shot on Day 2 of the NE-10 Championship. She finished in a tie for 22nd place with a two-day score of 160.
  • Sophomore Krystal Knight (Groveland, Mass.) rounded out Merrimack’s top-three performers with a two-day ledger of 168 strokes, posting an 81 on Monday followed by an 87 on Tuesday to finish just inside the individual field’s top 40.
  • Junior Samantha Monaco (Brewster, N.Y.) rounded out Merrimack’s group of scorers with a 184, four strokes ahead of sophomore Olivia Dempster (Aukland, New Zealand), who shot a 188 over the course of the tournament.
  • Senior Sam Gervais (Chelmsford, Mass.) and junior Kristen Gamble (Manlius, N.Y.) competed as individuals and recorded two-day totals of 187 and 198, respectively.

Individual Scores
T-16th – Wagner (81-76—157)
T-22nd – Ricigliano (85-75—160)
38th – Knight (81-87—168)
T-57th – Monaco (87-97—184)
T-63rd – Dempster (89-99—188)

Team Scores
1st – Indianapolis (298-288—586)
2nd – Missouri – St. Louis (300-308—608)
3rd – Cal State Monterey Bay (310-308—618)
4th – Grand Valley State (304-316—320)
5th – Northwood (MI) (315-327—642)
T-7th – Merrimack (334-335—669)
T-7th – Franklin Pierce (340-329 – 669)
9th – Trevecca Nazarene (339-342—681)
10th – LIU Post (354-359—713)
11th – SNHU (367-370—737)
12th – St. Rose (367-372—739)
13th – Assumption (375-371—746)
14th – Adelphi (378-391—769)

Up Next
Merrimack concludes the fall portion of its 2016-17 schedule with a trip to Tennessee next week when it competes in the Trevacca Fall Invitational in Hickory, Tennessee, at Old Hickory Golf Club. The two-day tournament begins next Monday (Oct. 24) and concludes a day later.

Mike McMahon is in his 12th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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