May 19, 2011

Four Sacred Heart Golfers Grab All-NEC Honors

Complete NEC Release (PDF)

SOMERSET, N.J. – Senior David Renski (North Stonington, Conn.) and junior Joseph Serrantino (Cromwell, Conn.) of the Sacred Heart University men's golf team were each named to the All-Northeast Conference First Team after leading the Pioneers to their third NEC title in four seasons.

Junior Leopoldo Garcia (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) and sophomore Joshua Salah (Gloucester, Mass.) each received recognition on the All-NEC Second Team, while head coach Matt McGreevy was named the conference's Coach of the Year.

Throughout the season, Renski took home four top-three finishes, including the individual title at the New England Championship with an even par 142 (71-71).  He finished 16th overall at the NEC Championship at ChampionsGate with a 231 (75-77-79).  Renski was twice named the NEC Golfer of the Week, for the weeks ending March 9 and April 13.

Serrantino was the top finisher for the Pioneers at the NEC Championship with a one-over par 217 (76-69-72), which included a tournament-low 69 in round two, to claim second on the leaderboard.  He was named the NEC Golfer of the Week for the week ending April 5 after placing fifth and sixth in consecutive tournaments at Yale and Villanova.  In 2010, Serrantino was a member of the All-NEC Second Team.  He also averaged the team's lowest score with a 74.43 per round, while Renski booked a 74.52.

For the third consecutive season, Garcia garnered a second team selection.  The 2009 NEC Rookie of the Year had a strong showing at the league championship, with a fourth-place tie at 220 (73-69-78), tying Serrantino with a field-best 69 in the second round.  Salah, the 2010 Rookie of the Year, made his second straight appearance on the second team.  He was tied for the lead after day one of the championship with a 71 and finished tied for 13th overall with a 226 (71-77-78).

It was announced at the conclusion of the NEC Championship, May 1, that Matt McGreevy was tabbed as the league's Coach of the Year.  It is his first season at the helm of the men's program, while also serving as the head coach of the Sacred Heart women's golf team.

The Pioneers are off to the NCAA Central Regional, hosted by Indiana University in Zionsville, Ind., where play tees off Thursday May 19 at the Wolf Run Golf Club.