May 13, 2010
Josh Salah (Gloucester, MA) has been selected the Northeast Conference rookie of the year and earned All-NEC first team honors. Salah posted the lowest round average of any rookie at 73.63, which also ranked second among all NEC golfers. Teammates Leo Garcia (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) and Joe Serrentino (Cromwell, CT) each received nods to the All-Conference second team.
Salah nabbed five top-10 performances in 2010, including two fourth place finishes, one tie for second, and most recently a tie for fifth at the NEC Championship (71-73=80=224), which led to a second-place finish for the five-man team. With a bumpy start that found Salah in a tie for 49th after SHU's first tournament in the fall, he never finished below the top-20 through the remainder of the 2009-10 season. His best single-round and tournament finish came in the Yale Invitational Apr. 3. The Gloucester, MA native opened with a 70 and finished the one-day, two-round tournament with a 73 to total 143, good for a share of second place on the individual leaderboard. Salah is the third Pioneer to earn rookie of the year honors after Adam Petrasovic won in 2007 and Garica was named the honoree last year.
Garcia, having earned a Second Team honor last season, again performed his way onto the Second Team in 2010 after a three-way tie for 22nd at the NEC's. He penciled his best card in round two (73) after an 84 on the first day, and then finished with a 77 (232). The sophomore's 2009-10 campaign also saw a tie for third at the New England DI Championships (70-75=145) where he recorded his season-best round 70 for the third time. That performance also garnered him an accolade for NEC Golfer of the Week.
Serrentino was the second-best finisher for the Pioneers at the Conference Championship, where he tallied a 79-73-73=225, helping SHU to second place. With that performance, he recorded the best card of his rookie campaign, ending with a 75.65 average per round.