Merrimack Golf, Men’s Tennis, Crew All Win NE-10 Titles Saturday

GOFFSTOWN, N.H. — The Merrimack College women’s golf team placed the top-three individual golfers in the field, as the Warriors won their first-ever Northeast-10 Conference Championship by a whopping 31 strokes on Saturday at the NE-10 Championship, held at Stonebridge Country Club in Goffstown, New Hampshire.

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The Basics
Team Finish: Merrimack College (335-328-663) | 1st
Top Finisher: Jessica Wagner (76-78-154) 1st
Location: Stonebridge Country Club | Goffstown, N.H.

What They Said
Head Coach Nick Crovetti: “It was a thrill to finally compete for a conference championship. A lot of hard work and effort has gone into winning this championship, and it started many years ago. I am very proud of the student-athletes on my team who have committed and believed in this program –  it’s cool to see it come full circle.

This will conclude our 2014-15 competition, for which we will be graduating our first ever recruiting class which will always be special one. They are a great group of young women who have represented the school and team in a phenomenal manner. And although the torch is being passed, Merrimack golf will continue to achieve excellence on and off the course.”

How It Happened
Freshman Jessica Wagner (San Diego, Calif.) continued her incredible rookie campaign by placing first overall as an individual, shooting a two-round score of 154. Wagner, who will find out this week if she has qualified for the NCAA Championships as an individual, shot a 76 in the first round and a 78 in the second round.

Junior Jaclyn Drew (Lunenburg, Mass.) was the second overall finisher, shooting a 164. Freshman Alessandra Ricigliano (Scarsdale, N.Y.) was tied for third overall in the field, shooting a 166. Freshman Samantha Monaco (Brewster, N.Y.) shot a 179 to finish eighth overall and sophomore Sam Gervais (Chelmsford, Mass.) shot a 191, which was 16th overall.

Wagner, Drew and Ricigliano all earned first-team all-conference recognition, while Monaco was tabbled an all-league second-team selection for her efforts.

2015 Northeast-10 1st Team All-Conference

  1. Jessica Wagner (154, Merrimack) – individual champion
  2. Jacyln Drew (164, Merrimack)
  3. Allessandra Ricigliano (166, Merrimack)
  4. Camden Morrison (166, Franklin Pierce)
  5. Lucy Stevens (167, Adelphi)

2015 Northeast-10 2nd Team All-Conference

  1. Taylor Schmidt (171, Franklin Pierce)
  2. Ashley Chubbuck (178, Franklin Pierce)
  3. Anna Haynes (179, Franklin Pierce)
  4. Sam Monaco (179, Merrimack)
  5. Emily Stickel (180, Le Moyne)

Individual Scores
1. Jessica Wagner 154
2. Jaclyn Drew 164
T-3. Alessandra Ricigliano 166
8. Samantha Monaco 179
16. Sam Gervais 191

Team Scores
1. Merrimack 663
2. Franklin Pierce 694
3. Le Moyne 732
4. Southern New Hampshire 780

Up Next
Wagner will find out Monday if she qualifies for the NCAA Championships as an individual golfer. The team portion of the Warriors’ schedule is complete.

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The top-seeded Merrimack College men’s tennis team needed to win four of six singles match to collect its third Northeast-10 Conference Championship in the last four years and did just that, as the Warriors beat No. 2 Adelphi University, 5-4, on Saturday afternoon to collect the tournament crown. Sophomore Steven Francis (Perth, Australia) handed Matteo Cannavera, the NE-10 Player of the Year, his first conference loss of the season at No. 1 to clinch the championship for Merrimack.

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 5
| Adelphi 4
Records: Merrimack (13-6)
| Adelphi (10-5)
North Andover High School | North Andover, Mass.

NE-10 Championship
Tuesday, April 21 – First Round
Match 1: #3 Stonehill def. #6 Le Moyne, 5-1
Match 2: #4 Bentley def. #5 Assumption, 5-4

Thursday, April 23 – Semifinals
Match 3: #2 Adelphi def. #3 Stonehill, 5-1
Match 4:#1 Merrimack def. #4 Bentley, 5-1

Saturday, April 25 – Finals
Match 5: #1 Merrimack def. #2 Adelphi, 5-4

How It Happened
The Warriors met up with the Panthers for the second time this spring, with Merrimack coming away with a 6-3 win earlier this month down in Garden City, N.Y. The last time the Navy and Gold saw Adelphi in the postseason was in last year’s semifinal, which Merrimack won, 5-1.

Merrimack led 2-1 after doubles in the regular-season match, but it was the Panthers who jumped ahead entering singles. The Warriors’ No. 2 pairing of Vince Bellino(Amesbury, Mass.) and Miguel Belfort (Caracas, Venezuela)  moved past their opponent quickly, winning 8-2. No. 3 concluded next with the Panthers pulling away, 8-6. The matchup at No. 1 went down to the wire, with the Panthers prevailing, 9-8, needing a tiebreaker to defeat Francis and Mikhail Belov (Krasnoarmeyskoy, Russia).

Singles play began with Merrimack knowing they needed to win four of six singles matches to collect the championship. Francis and Belfort jumped out quickly to one-set leads at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, winning 6-1 and 6-0. Freshman Frank Vega (Lima, Peru) also dispatched his opponent in the opening frame, 6-4.

The highlight for the Warriors in the early portions of singles came at No. 6, where sophomore Nick Majewski (Brewster, Mass.) trailed by three points, 5-2, one game away from dropping the first set. He embarked on a remarkable comeback, winning five consecutive games to win, 7-5, and go up a set on his opponent.

Belfort’s match ended first, with the junior captain prevailing in two sets. No. 3-5 singles ended within minutes of each other, with Belov and Bellino losing at No. 3 and No. 4. Vega blanked his opponent in the second frame to win in straight sets at No. 5. At that point, Adelphi held a one-point lead, leaving Merrimack needing to win the final two matches to win the championship.

No. 6 ended first, as Majewski hit a beautiful lofting shot to go up 40-30 in the final game, before lacing a powerful stroke to put away Justin Vijungco. Francis trailed Matteo Cannavera, 6-5, in the second set, needing a break to extend the frame to a tiebreak. The sophomore kept his composure, securing the break point and then won in the tiebreak to clinch the championship for the Warriors.

Francis was named the NE-10 Championship’s Most Outstanding Player, while almost placing on the All-Tournament Team. Belfort and Vega also joined their sophomore teammate on the all-tournament squad.

1. Matteo Cannavera/Vlad Litvinchuk  (ADE) def. Steven Francis/Mikhail Belov (MER) 9-8
2. Vince Bellino/Miguel Belfort (MER) def. Sander Brenner/Justin Vijungco (ADE) 8-2
3. Chiwete Njokanma/Sebastian Zapata (ADE) def. Frank Vega/Nick Majewski (MER) 8-6

1. Steven Francis (MER) def. Matteo Cannavera (ADE) 6-1, 7-6
2. Miguel Belfort (MER) def. Vlad Litvinchuk (ADE) 6-0, 6-2
3. Sander Brenner (ADE) def. Mikhail Belov (MER) 7-5, 6-1
4. Chiwete Njokanma (ADE) def. Vince Bellino (MER) 6-4, 6-4
5. Frank Vega (MER) def. Sebastian Zapata (ADE) 6-4, 6-1
6. Nick Majewski (MER) def. Justin Vijungco (ADE) 7-5, 6-4

Up Next
The NCAA Selection Show is Tuesday night at 8:30 p.m., streamed live at The Warriors are currently ranked third in the East Region and will advance to their eighth straight NCAA Tournament.

WORCESTER, Mass. — For a third straight season, the eighth-ranked Merrimack College women’s crew team has captured the Northeast-10 Cup and have been crowned conference champions. The Warriors raced on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester.

The Basics
Team Finish: Merrimack College 1st/3
Location: Lake Quinsigamond | Worcester, Mass.

What They Said
Head Coach David LeFebvre: “We had another solid race and were able to defend our NE-10 Championship by winning the Varsity 4. It was a cold and windy race, but our crew rowed calmly and confidently to take an open water victory. This was very good prep for the New England Rowing Championships next week on the same body of water.”

How It Happened
The Warriors utilized the same lineup as the last few weeks, when they finished second at the Knecht Cup in New Jersey and first at the UMass Lowell Invitational. The Merrimack lineup consisted of coxswain Jess Khoury (Bay Shore, N.Y.), stroke Aubrey O’Neill (Pawcatuck, Conn.), third seatLydia Staschke (Guilford, Conn.), fourth seat Lauren Blazon (Lowell, Mass.) and Tasha Wypych (Wellington, New Zealand) on the bow.

The Warriors won the race by 25.48 seconds over second-place Franklin Pierce, and by 56.5 seconds over Assumption.

Team Scores
1. Merrimack 7:53.9
2. Franklin Pierce +25.48
3. Assumption +56.5

Up Next
The Warriors will hit the water in Lake Quinsigamond against next Sunday for the New England Rowing Championships.

About the Author

Mike McMahon
Mike McMahon is in his 13th 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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