Merrimack Women’s Golf Leads NE-10 Championship By 13 Strokes After First Round

KEENE, N.H. – The Merrimack College women’s golf team, bidding for its third straight league title, put itself in prime position to accomplish that feat after posting team score of 315 on Day 1 of the 2016 Northeast-10 Conference Championship at Bretwood Golf Course in Keene, New Hampshire, to lead the tournament’s team field by 13 strokes. Sophomore Krystal Knight (Groveland, Mass.), last year’s Outstanding Rookie of the Championship, highlighted a trio of Warriors who ranked in the top-four of the individual leader board with a Day 1-best score of 2-over-par 74.

The Basics
Team Finish:
 Merrimack College (315) | 1st/7
Top Finisher: Krystal Knight (2-over-par 74) | 1st
 Bretwood Golf Course | Keene, N.H.

Links: Day 1 Results/Day 2 Live Stats // Day 2 Tee Times/Pairings

What They Said

Head Coach Nick Crovetti: “I thought we strung together a really strong performance today to put ourselves in great position for Day 2 of the tournament. This is an extremely difficult course setup, plus the very windy conditions made for a challenging day. But we made the shots that we needed to and the girls are feeling confident. Tomorrow should make for an exciting day of golf.”

How It Happened

  • Knight, who set a new career-low with a 72 almost two weeks ago in Indianapolis, led the field with three birdies on Day 1 of the tournament; her score of 2-over-par 74 was fueled by her Day 1-low average of 2.75 strokes on Par 3 holes and 4.10 strokes on Par 4 holes.
  • Right behind Knight was last year’s individual champion, junior co-captain Alessandra Ricigliano (Scarsdale, N.Y.), who posted her best round of the season with a 3-over-par 75. That score was tied with Franklin Pierce’s Camden Morrison for second place in the tournament. Ricigliano ranked just behind Knight in average Par 4 scoring (4.20) and was the tournament’s top player on Par 5 holes, averaging 4.75 strokes in those situations.
  • Junior Jessica Wagner (San Diego, Calif.) also put up her best effort of the season to round out Merrimack’s trifecta of golfers with scores in the 70s after the San Diego native posted a seven-over-par 79. No other team in the tournament had more than one player finish in the 70s.
  • Junior Samantha Monaco (Brewster, N.Y.) rounded out Merrimack’s top-four players who factored into the team score by carding an 87, while senior co-captain Sam Gervais (Chelmsford, Mass.) finished with a 97.
  • Merrimack leads the seven-team pack by 13 strokes; chasing the Warriors heading into Day 2, in order, are Le Moyne (328 total strokes), Franklin Pierce (330) and Adelphi (341) in spots 2-4, respectively.
  • The Warriors led Day 1 with 43 pars and six birdies.
  • Merrimack was the tournament’s best team in terms of average scoring on par 4 holes, averaging 4.46 strokes per player; they were also the top team in terms of par 3 average scoring (3.55 strokes/hole) and ranked third in par 5 average scoring (5.90).

Individual Scores
1st – Knight (74)
T-2nd – Ricigliano (75)
4th – Wagner (79)
T-14th – Monaco (87)
31st – Gervais (97)

Team Scores
1stMerrimack (315)
2nd – Le Moyne (328)
3rd – Franklin Pierce (330)
4th – Adelphi (341)
5th – SNHU (357)
6th – St. Rose (360)
7th – Assumption (367)

Up Next
Equipped with a 13-stroke lead, Merrimack will look to hang on for its third straight league title tomorrow when Day 2 of the NE-10 Women’s Golf Championship concludes back at Bretwood Golf Course. The first pairings hit the course beginning at 10 a.m., while Merrimack’s first pairing is slated to tee off near 11 a.m.

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