NORTH ANDOVER, MA - In the second season of women's golf at Merrimack, the Warriors competed in six events against Division I, II and III teams from across the country in their fall season.
The Warriors wasted no time posting their first win in program history as they downed Wellesley by the score of 332-355 in the first tournament of the 2012-13 season. Ali Reed (Westborough, Mass.) posted a team-best 80 to lead the Warriors to their first win in the two year history of the program.
"Honestly, I didn't know what to expect coming into the fall season," said second year head coach Nick Crovetti. "The entire team performed very well as our program 'grew up' seemingly overnight. We recorded our first tournament victory in program history along with many other milestones and I am very proud to see their hard work and talents pay off so quickly."
In the second tournament of the season, the Warriors took home a 4th place finish at the Michael Corbett Fall Classic behind an individual 9th place finish from Jessica Ngui (Richardson, Texas). Ngui posted a two-day score of 164 and led the Warriors to a top half finish at a tournament comprised of 12 division I schools.
Ngui led the Warriors to a 2nd place finish at the Mount Holyoke Invitational in late September as she posted a two-day score of 152, good for an individual 2nd place finish. Reed also posted a top-10 finish as she carded a two-day total of 161 for the Warriors.
At the Kutztown Invitational, the Warriors put together their best performance in school history. Merrimack produced their second win of the season in a field of nine division I, II and III teams. Ngui continued her great play as she earned medalist honors, marking the first Warrior in school history to do so, as she posted back-to-back 79's. Transfer Louise McGillivray (Banchory, Scotland) took home the second place finish, falling one stroke shy of Ngui's tournament best score while Reed finished in third place overall.
"The two junior transfers (Ngui and McGillivray) have added a lot of depth, maturity, and golf ability to our line-up," stated Crovetti. "Their performances this fall were impressive as they both manufactured multiple top-5 finishes. Sophomore, Ali Reed, established a new 18-hole scoring record for Merrimack with a 74, along with many solid rounds averaging 81 this fall."
The Warriors wrapped up their fall season with two second place finishes at Wellesley and Quinnipiac. The Warriors set a school-record team score of 314 on day one at Wellesley and Reed fired a program best 74 in the final round to secure another second place finish for Merrimack.
In the final tournament of the year, the Warriors took home yet another second place finish out of six division I programs. Reed and McGillivray led the way once again for the Warriors as they shot 79 and 80 respectively in the opening round.
For the season, Ngui led all Warriors with an 18 hole scoring average of 79.8 while Reed was close behind with a 81.6 average. McGillivray and Jaclyn Drew (Lunenburg, Mass.) put together solid fall's as they finished with 18 hole averages of 82.6 and 85.4 respectively. Sophomore Lloyd Hoehle (Fullerton, Calif.) finished off strong with a average of 87.1 while underclassmen Bethany Arnold (Wrentham, Mass.), Jill Tripp (Pembroke, Mass.) and Cassidy Goldner (Duxbury, Mass.) each had a successful fall season, leading to the best season in school history.
"We accomplished a lot of team goals and broke our own records seemingly every tournament this past fall, however, the expectations are a bit higher for the spring as we look forward to competing in our first conference tournament and also move up in the regional rankings," stated Crovetti. "Currently, we stand in 12th/46 in the 'east' region with the top-9 teams qualifying for regional play in May. Women's golf at Merrimack is entering an exciting time as we continue to achieve on and off the golf course."
All eight golfers will return for the spring season in which the Warriors will look to improve their regional rank from 12th into the top-9 so they can compete in the NCAA tournament play in May. If the Warriors are able to duplicate their success from the fall, two wins and three second place finishes, they will move up and play in the East Regional tournament for the first time in school history.
This is the third in a series of recaps summarizing a successful fall season at Merrimack.
November 29: Women's Crew
November 30: Women's Cross Country
December 3: Women's Golf
December 4: Men's Cross Country
December 5: Volleyball
December 6: Women's Soccer
December 7: Football
December 10: Field Hockey
December 11: Men's Soccer