NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The women’s golf team generated a great deal of excitement last season and it has lofty goals for the 2015-16 campaign, which begins at the Southern N.H. Dual on Saturday, Sept. 5, in New London, New Hampshire.
Date/Time: Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015 | All Day
Event: Southern N.H. Dual
Host/Location: Lake Sunapee Country Club | New London, N.H.
A Look Back at 2014:
The women’s golf team put together many highlights during its fourth year in existence, which included winning the program’s first-ever Northeast-10 Championship. The Warriors cleared second place Franklin Pierce by 31 strokes, while grabbing the top-three places on the individual side. Freshman Jessica Wagner (San Diego, Calif.) earned individual-champion honors, by firing a 76-78-154. Junior Jaclyn Drew (Lunenburg, Mass.)finished second with a two-round total of 164, while freshman Alessandra Ricigliano (Scarsdale, N.Y.) shot a two-day total of 166 to finish in a tie for third overall.
The fall season began on a high note, as the Warriors posted a 322-367 victory in a dual match against Wellesley. The Navy and Gold ended September, by finishing in a tie for ninth place at the Dartmouth Invitational and15th place at the NCAA Division II National Preview.
The Warriors hosted their first tournament in October, as they placed third out of nine teams at the Merrimack Invitational. The team concluded the fall, with a fourth-place finish at the Pioneer Invitational against a field of 16 other schools.
Ricigliano did not waste any time making her presence felt, as she was the top finisher for the Warriors in all five fall events. The Scarsdale, New York, native earned medalist honors in her first collegiate event, by firing a three-over 75 at the Wellesley College Dual. Ricigliano tallied three other top-10 finishes during the fall, which included finishing in a tie for second at the Merrimack Invitational, fourth at the Pioneer Invitational and seventh at the Dartmouth Invitational.
Wagner came into the spring season on a mission. She recorded the lowest score for the Warriors in all four spring events. Her phenomenal season concluded, with her superstar performance at the NE-10 Championship. She placed in a tie for sixth overall at the Cavalier Classic, while leading the Warriors with an average of 79.4 strokes per round for the entire season.
The Warriors finished sixth overall at the Triton Invitational and Cavalier Classic, and 11th at the Perry Park Spring Fling.
Senior Ali Reed (Westborough, Mass.) also added to her incredible resume. She carded the second-lowest scores at five events for the Warriors. Drew came in second for the Warriors in two events, including her strong performance on the big stage at the NE-10 Championships.
The 2015 Squad:
Experience should serve the Warriors well this season, as they return seven players from last year’s team. The Navy and Gold welcome two newcomers, in freshmen Olivia Dempster (Auckland, New Zealand) and Krystal Knight (Groveland, Mass.). Merrimack lost three players from the 2014-15 team, in Bethany Arnold(Wrentham, Mass.), Lloyd Hoehle (Fullerton, Calif.) and Reed. The three of them will always have a special place in the program, as they were members of the first recruiting class.
Reed’s presence was crucial for Merrimack over the past four years. In her sophomore season, she became the first player in program history to earn a berth in the NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Championships. She finished 49th in the field at the national tournament in Daytona Beach, Florida. Previously, she recorded a three-round total of 235 at the Super Regional competition, which was good for sixth overall and second best among the individual qualifiers. During the 2013-14 campaign, Reed won medalist honors at the West Chester Invitational and finished second at the Wellesley Invitational.
Drew and junior Sam Gervais (Chelmsford, Mass.) will serve as team captains for the 2015-16 version of the Warriors. Ricigliano and Wagner will look to continue where they left off, with one of them being the top finisher for Merrimack in all nine events in 2014-15.
Senior Jill Tripp (Pembroke, Mass.) and sophomores Kristen Gamble (Manlius, N.Y.) and Samantha Monaco(Brewster, N.Y.) are also returning. Monaco competed in all four spring events. She finished strong, by placing eighth overall at the NE-10 Championships with a 90-89-179 ledger. She earned all-league second-team honors, while Drew, Ricigliano and Wagner earned first-team all-conference recognition.
Head coach Nick Crovetti has high expectations for the 2015-16 season, as the program moves into its fifth year of existence. Some of the goals include winning back-to-back NE-10 Titles and having the team qualify for the NCAA Division II Super Regionals.
The Warriors will compete in the Michael Corbett Fall Classic, on Sept. 13-14, at the Lake Shore Country Club in Erie, Pennsylvania, against a field of more than 18 teams.