April 22, 2011

Pioneers Remain in Second; Fall Further Off the Pace

NEC Women's Golf Championship Headquarters

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Sacred Heart lost 25 strokes on the leader, Fairleigh Dickinson, in the second round of the Northeast Conference Women's Golf Championship at LPGA International on Friday at the par-72, 6,065-yard course.  The Pioneers remain in second place with a two-day total of 654.

Sophomore Gabriella Riber (Stockholm, Sweden) was the top preformer for SHU as she posted an 81 to lift her championship total to 159 and land in a tie for seventh.  Junior Brianna Carnahan (Port Jefferson, N.Y.) is one stroke back of Riber at 160 after posting an 82 to take ninth place.

The rest of the Pioneers struggled through the second day of competition.  Junior Carly Bergin (Binghamton, N.Y.) followed up her six-over 78 with an 86 to claim a tie for 16th at 164.  Classmate Michelle Riber (Stockholm, Sweden) shot an 88 to lift her total to 172, through two rounds.  Freshman Jennifer Clinton's (Sayville, N.Y.) score rose to 173 after booking a 90 in round two.

FDU has stayed consistent through the first two rounds with scores of 310 and 312.  Michelle Holzwarth paced the Knights in round two with a four-over 76.  Currently, Sacred Heart is holding off Robert Morris (657), Saint Francis-PA (658), and Wagner (659) for second.  RMU's Elizabeth Wenger, SFPA's Ann Colligan and Long Island's Anna Palsson are tied atop the leaderboard at 150.  Wenger shot a field-best one-under 71 in Friday's round.

Play resumes for tomorrow's third and final round at 8:00 am.

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Team Leaderboard
1. Fairleigh Dickinson - 622
2. Sacred Heart - 654
3. Robert Morris - 657
4. Saint Francis (PA) - 658
5. Wagner - 659
6. Monmouth - 674
7. Long ISland - 681
8. Mount St. Mary's - 687
9. Central Connecticut - 694
10. St. Francis (NY) - 741
11. Quinnipiac - 832