Oct. 3, 2013
Patriot League Golf Fall Schedule
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The golf season is only a month old, and a pair of student-athletes in their first year in the Patriot League have already made an impression among their peers.
Lafayette freshman Jared Mactas won his first collegiate event at the Colgate Invitational on Sept. 7-8, while Boston University sophomore Emily Tillo had a pair of top-five finishes in her first month as a Patriot League competitior. Both student-athletes were selected as Patriot League monthly award winners for September for their performances.
Patriot League Male Golfer of the Month
Jared Mactas, LafayetteFr., Woodliff Lake, N.J.
Mactas opened his collegiate career in style by winning the Colgate Invitational on Sept. 7-8. He finished the tournament with a 1-under par 215, shooting 3-under over the last two rounds to come away with the victory by two strokes. Mactas helped Lafayette to a sixth-place finish in the 14-team field. He also tied for 13th at the Bucknell Invitational on Sept. 14-15, shooting a 16-over par 226 as Lafayette came in seventh place. Mactas had a 73.5 stroke average for the month. His selection marks the third straight season and fifth in the last six years where a Lafayette student-athlete has won a Patriot League Golfer of the Month award.
Patriot League Female Golfer of the Month
Harley Abrams, LehighSo., Boca Raton, Fla.
Emily Tillo, Boston UniversitySo., Jacksonville, Fla.
Tillo had a pair of top-five finishes in the month of September while sharing the team lead with a 75.38 scoring average. She came in fourth place at the Dartmouth Invitational (Sept. 14-15) with a 3-over 147, which included a 2-under 70 in the first round, and led the Terriers to second place in the 11-team field. Tillo was also in fourth place among 89 golfers at the Yale Intercollegiate (Sept. 20-22) where she finished with a 6-over 219 on the par-71 course. She helped the Terriers to a fifth-place finish in the event. Tillo also placed 44th at the Bucknell Invitational (Sept. 7-8) as the Terriers finished seventh.
Abrams had two outstanding tournaments in September, placing fourth at the Colgate Invitational with a 2-over par 218 and 11th at the Rutgers Invitational with a 216.
Matt Oshrine, Loyola MarylandFr., Baltimore, Md.
Oshrine had an impressive start to his collegiate career with top-20 finishes at both the Marshall Invitational and Hartford Invitational, and had four of six rounds at either under-par or par.
Bridget Wilcox, BucknellSr., Bernardsville, N.J.
Wilcox led the Bison with a 77.3 scoring average for the month and posted top-20 finishes at both the Bucknell Invitational and Nittany Lion Invitational.
Patriot League Notebook
Youth is Served
Freshman and sophomores showed an ability to shine in the month of September. Mactas, Oshrine, Colgate's Ryan Allison and Army's Justin Paglia were part of a group of freshmen with impressive starts to their career in men's golf, while Abrams and Army's Marcus Plunkett are standing out as sophomores. Colgate has featured four freshmen and one sophomore in each of its three tournaments this season. On the women's side, Tillo (BU) and Marissa Cameron (Holy Cross) are off to strong starts in their sophomore seasons.
Army Tops Rival Navy in Star Match
Army won a second straight Star Match against rival Navy with an impressive showing against the Mids at U.S. Naval Academy Golf Course last weekend. The Black Knights went ahead 3.5-0.5 in Saturday's four-ball matches and won four of seven singles matches on Sunday to post a 7.5-3.5 victory over the Mids. The Black Knights have won consecutive Star Match contests against the Mids for the first time since 2004-05.
More Patriot League vs. Patriot League Action
In addition to the matchup between the Black Knights and Mids, there were plenty of tournaments featuring multiple Patriot League teams in the field in September. For the men, Lehigh (3rd), Army (4th), Bucknell (5th), Lafayette (6th) and host Colgate (9th) all competed in the Colgate Invitational on Sept. 7-8, with Colgate (3rd), Bucknell (4th/5th) and Lafayette (7th) at the Bucknell Invitational the following weekend. That same trio stayed together for the Cornell Invitational on Sept. 21-22, with an order of Colgate (5th), Bucknell (8th) and Lafayette (13th). Loyola Maryland (4th) and Holy Cross (15th) competed at the Hartford Invitational on Sept. 23-24.
For the women, the shared competitions also started right away as Bucknell (6th), Boston University (7th), Lehigh (9th) and Navy (16th) were all at the Bucknell Invitational on Sept. 7-8. Boston University (2nd) and Holy Cross (11th) were at the Dartmouth Invitational the next weekend, with Boston University (5th), Lehigh (12th) and Bucknell (13th) at the Yale Intercollegiate on Sept. 20-22.
Championship Previews Highlight October Schedule
The 2014 Patriot League Women's Golf Championship will be hosted by Lehigh at Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem, Pa. on April 19-20, with the Men's Golf Championship the following weekend at Army's West Point Golf Course. Both courses will host competitions in October featuring Patriot League programs. Boston University and Navy will join the host on the women's side at the Lehigh Invitational on Oct. 26-27, while the Army men will welcome Bucknell, Colgate, Holy Cross, Lafayette, Lehigh and Loyola Maryland for the Stars and Stripes Invitational at West Point Golf Course on Sunday and Monday. More men's golf events with multiple Patriot League teams in the field in October include a matchup between Lehigh and Lafayette on Oct. 15 and Bucknell, Lafayette and the host Mountain Hawks at the Lehigh Invitational on Oct. 26-27. In addition to their championship preview, women's events in October with multiple League squads in the field include Bucknell, Lehigh and Navy at the Rutgers Invitational on Oct. 14-15 and Boston University with Holy Cross at the Sacred Heart Fall Classic on Oct. 20-21.