SANDS POINT, N.Y. – The Merrimack College women’s golf team placed three of the top-four individual golfers in the field en route to winning its second-consecutive Northeast-10 Conference Championship on Saturday afternoon, in Sands Point, New York. The Warriors cleared second place by 51 strokes in the two-day tournament.
Team Finish: Merrimack College (638) | 1st/5
Top Finisher: Alessandra Ricigliano (74-78-152) 1st
Location: Village Club of Sands Point | Sands Point, N.Y.
What They Said
Head Coach Nick Crovetti: “The team’s performance this weekend was nothing short of stellar. The golf course set-up and windy conditions made for a very challenging championship. To win by such a wide margin is something I am very proud of. Merrimack golf is displaying its dominance in the Northeast and I am thrilled for the student-athletes, who deserve all the credit.”
How It Happened
Sophomore Alessandra Ricigliano (Scarsdale, N.Y.)earned individual-champion honors, by firing a 74-78-152 ledger. The round of 74 stood as the lowest-single round by any golfer in the two-round tournament. The Scarsdale, New York, native has posted four rounds in the 70s this season and has been the Warriors’ top-finisher in two out of four events.
Freshman Krystal Knight (Groveland, Mass.) continued her superb freshman campaign on the big stage, as she fired a 153 (78-75) and finished second overall. She was named Outstanding Rookie of the Championship and has now shot in the 70s in six out of seven rounds this season. Sophomore Jessica Wagner (San Diego, Calif.) shaved seven strokes off her first-day performance, as she fired an 85-78-163.
Senior captain Jaclyn Drew (Lunenburg, Mass.) finished in a tie for eighth overall, with a two-round total of 170 (82-88). Junior captain Sam Gervais (Chelmsford, Mass.)trimmed six strokes off her first-round performance, as she finished with a 97-91-188 ledger.
Ricigliano, Knight and Wagner all earned all-conference first-team honors. Drew earned all-conference second-team recognition and Crovetti was named Coach of the Year.
2015 Northeast-10 1st Team All-Conference
1. Alessandra Ricigliano (152, Merrimack) – individual champion
2. Krystal Knight (153, Merrimack) – outstanding rookie
3. Camden Morrison (159, Franklin Pierce)
4. Jessica Wagner (163, Merrimack)
5. Anna Haynes (164, Franklin Pierce)
2015 Northeast-10 2nd Team All-Conference
6. Lucy Stevens (165, Adelphi)
7. Emily Stickel (167, Le Moyne)
T-8. Jaclyn Drew (170, Merrimack)
T-8. Kaitlyn Lutinski (170, Southern New Hampshire)
10. Kailey Coleman (178, Southern New Hampshire)
1. Alessandra Ricigliano 152
2. Krystal Knight 153
4. Jessica Wagner 163
T-8. Jaclyn Drew 170
17. Sam Gervais 188
1. Merrimack College 638
2. Franklin Pierce 689
3. Le Moyne 708
4. Southern New Hampshire 727
5. Assumption 828
The Warriors will compete in the Dan Salisbury Memorial Collegiate, on Oct. 3-4, at the Piper Glen Golf Course, in Springfield, Illinois.