2014 Merrimack Athletics Spring Recaps: Women's Golf
It isn't always easy for a program not even three years old to make its presence felt, regardless of the sport, but for the Merrimack College women's golf team, the 2013-14 season was just yet another example of exceeding those expectations and raising the bar to a new level.
Highlighted by a pair of tournament victories – one in the very first tournament they participated in back in September, while the other win came in the spring opener in early April – the Warriors once again played well beyond their years this season against some of the top programs that their schedule could possibly allow.
"We competed to the best of our abilities and I think we enjoyed yet another successful year," head coach Nick Crovetti stated. "While it was tough to see us miss qualifying for NCAA Super Regionals by just one spot, I still know we demonstrated how talented we are. We are grateful to [seniors] Jessica Ngui (Richardson, Texas) and Louise McGillivray (Banchory, Scotland) and wish them the very best upon graduation. I am very proud of our accomplishments on and off the course and look forward to creating new and different experiences this fall."
In only its third year as a varsity program, Merrimack continued to stack up against some of the East Region's top teams, as Crovetti continued to challenge his young team with a demanding schedule that featured only two three tournaments played in the state of Massachusetts, with the rest centered mainly in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana.
The Warriors did kick off the year on a high note, placing first at the season-opening Wellesley Invitational for the second straight season – highlighted by Ngui's two-day total of 150 won the event's individual crown – before placing eighth at the University of Indianapolis Invitational two weekends later. Merrimack rounded out October with a very impressive sixth-place finish against a loaded field at Ashland University before a third-place effort at Illinois-Springfield – which was hosted in Puerto Rico – to round out the first half.
Following a five-month hiatus from competition, the Navy and Gold returned to the fairways in early April with a bang; Merrimack topped another challenging field with a victory at the West Chester Invitational before making another trek west to Canton, Ohio, to partake in the Walsh Invitational. Finally, the regular season concluded with a third-place effort at the Amherst Invitational.
That challenging schedule paid dividends in garnering respect toward the regional rankings; Merrimack finished the year ranked 10th in the East Region, while junior Ali Reed (Westborough, Mass.) and McGillivray senior ranked fifth and sixth, respectively, in the individual rankings.
Reed would round out the year with five top-15 finishes, including an individual crown at the West Chester Invitational in April as well as a runner-up finish at Wellesley back in September. McGillivray was equally impressive, posting four top-15 efforts with three top-five performances and four top-10 rankings. Ngui would also round out her senior campaign with four top-15 finishes, including three in the top-10.
This is the first of an eight-part Merrimack Athletics spring recap series.
May 20: Women's Golf
May 21: Women's Crew
May 22: Women's Lacrosse
May 23: Baseball
May 26: Softball
May 27: Men's Lacrosse
May 28: Tennis
May 29: Track & Field