KEENE, N.H. – The Northeast-10 Conference Women’s Golf Championship trophy is returning to North Andover for a third straight season!
After building a 13-stroke lead through the tournament’s opening round, the Merrimack College women’s golf team secured its third consecutive league title by trimming five strokes off its Day 1 score and won the two-day tournament by 21 total strokes to secure a three-peat as league champions. Junior co-captain Alessandra Ricigliano(Scarsdale, N.Y.) repeated as the tournament’s individual medalist for the second year in a row, as three Warriors finished in the tournament leaderboard’s top-five.
Merrimack College remains the only school in the NE-10 to win a women’s golf league title since the conference began sponsoring the sport in 2014-15.
Team Finish: Merrimack College (315-310—625) | 1st/7
Top Finisher: Alessandra Ricigliano (75-71—146) | 1st
Location: Bretwood Golf Course | Keene, N.H.
What They Said
Head Coach Nick Crovetti: “Without a doubt this is our program’s biggest win and accomplishment to date! We came in to the championship not favored to win, and demonstrated that we still are the team to beat in the NE-10. I am proud of these young women and feel fortunate we successfully have won the NE-10 Championship for the third straight season. They are such a determined and focused group who thrive in pressure situations. This conference continues to get better with each passing year and we tip our caps to the rest of the field to round out two days of very exciting golf. Now, we must prepare for a highly competitive event in sunny Florida and utilize the momentum from our conference victory with three important tournaments left on our fall schedule.”
How It Happened
- After shooting a 3-over-par 75 yesterday, Ricigliano played the best round not only of the fall, but of her career, setting a new career-low with a 1-under-par 71 on Monday to card a two-day total of 146; Ricigliano, who also won the individual medalist title last fall, finished 2-over-par for the tournament and led the field in Par 4 (4.10) and Par 5 (4.75) average scoring.
- Sophomore Krystal Knight (Groveland, Mass.) finished third in the individual leader board, carding an 80 on Day 2 after finishing with an impressive 2-over-par 74 on Sunday. Last year’s Outstanding Rookie of the Championship posted a two-day ledger of 154, four strokes back of second place and 10-over-par on the tournament.
- Right behind Knight was junior Jessica Wagner (San Diego, Calif.); the individual medalist back in the inaugural NE-10 Championship in April of 2015, Knight continued her consistent play and posted her best round of the season for the second day in a row, carding a 4-over-par 76 to finish with a two-day total of 155 (79-760). She ranked fourth overall for the tournament.
- Junior Samantha Monaco (Brewster, N.Y.) tied her best-ever single-round score by posting an 83 on Monday; the last time she carded an 83 was in the spring of the 2015 season. After shaving four strokes off her Day 1 total, Monaco finished tied for 12th in the tournament with a two-day ledger of 170 (87-83).
- Senior co-captain Sam Gervais (Chelmsford, Mass.) also trimmed 10 strokes off her Day 1 total, carding an 87 on Monday to rank 26th for the tournament.
- Merrimack student-athletes recorded five of the 11 scores in the 70s range for the tournament; the Warriors also led the tournament in Par 3 (3.30) and Par 4 (4.48) scoring, pars (87) and birdies (15)
- Merrimack beat pre-tournament favorite Franklin Pierce by 21 strokes, while third-place Le Moyne finished 24 strokes back.
1st – Ricigliano (75-71—146)
3rd – Knight (74-80—154)
4th – Wagner (79-76—155)
T-12th – Monaco (87-83—170)
26th – Gervais (97-87—184)
1st – Merrimack (315-310—625)
2nd – Franklin Pierce (330-316—646)
3rd – Le Moyne (328-321—649)
4th – Adelphi (341-362—703)
5th – St. Rose (360-355—715)
6th – SNHU (357-362—719)
7th – Assumption (367-354—721)
Merrimack continues the fall season in two weeks with a trip to the prestigious PGA National course in West Palm Beach, Florida, for the GolfRank Invitational, which will be held over a two-day span on Oct. 10-11.