Highlighted by a clean sweep of all three major end-of-year awards, the Merrimack College women’s golf team littered the Northeast-10 Conference’s all-league teams, which were announced Monday by the conference office.
Headlining the group of honorees was graduating senior Krystal Knight being named the NE10 Player of the Year to add yet another accomplishment to a year that will undoubtedly go down as the best by an individual student-athlete in the history of the program. That future is extremely bright after the incredible first-year campaign by freshman Jordan Laplume, who was the conference’s Rookie of the Year. Finally, head coach Jason Malcolm was awarded the league’s Coach of the Year honor after he guided the Warriors to their best year in school history.
Knight became Merrimack’s first-ever Women’s Golf Coaches Association All-American after capturing a 19th-place finish at the NCAA Championship, where she was just the second student-athlete in school history to qualify as an individual for. She capped off a tremendous career for the Warriors with seven individual titles – including her second straight conference crown back in the fall. The Groveland, Massachusetts, native averaged 73.92 strokes over 25 rounds this season, the 13th-lowest average among all Division II golfers.
Laplume had a sensational rookie campaign and was, statistically, Merrimack’s second-best golfer on the year, averaging just below 80 strokes per round (79.73) for an eight-over relative par score for the year. She played in 22 rounds and was a top-five finisher at two events and a top-10 placer at five tournaments.
Finally, Malcolm earned his first career Coach of the Year accolade, contributing to Merrimack’s fourth NE10 title in the past five seasons, while the Warriors placed 11th in the NCAA Regional Championship after earning their first-ever team qualification for the first time in program history. Malcolm also helped the Warriors win five tournaments over the course of the fall and spring while placing second or better at two others.
Additionally, Knight (first team) and Laplume (second team) earned all-conference distinction and were joined by two teammates. Graduating student-athletes Nina Harrington and Olivia Dempster were slotted on the all-league second and third team, respectively, for their fantastic seasons, as well. Both were within three strokes of another on the year in terms of average score; Harrington boasted a top-five finish and seven top-10 performances, while Dempster was in the top-10 on three occasions.