Pioneers Finish Second at NEC Championship

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Sacred Heart University women's golf team finished exactly where it started at the Northeast Conference Championship, second place.  The Pioneers trailed the three-time defending champion Farleigh Dickinson Knights by seven strokes after Thursday's first round.  Collectively, SHU shot a 977 over three rounds at the par-72, 6,065-yard LPGA International Legends Course to fall 36 strokes back of FDU (941).

Sophomore Gabriella Riber (Stockholm, Sweden) saved her best round of the weekend for Saturday as she posted a one-over 73 to end the championship in a tie for fourth at 232.  Riber birdied three times in the final round, including the par-three, 164-yard 15th, on her way to tying for the best score of the round.

Junior Carly Bergin (Binghamton, N.Y.) was the second Pioneer to claim a top 10 finish by shooting a 79 on the final day to score a three-round 243 to land in 10th.  Bergin was amongst the field's leaders through the first nine in Saturday's round as she shot a one-over 37 heading into the turn.  Classmate Brianna Carnahan (Port Jefferson, N.Y.) finished just outside the top 10 with a 244 to land in a four-way tie for 11th.  Carnahan recorded an 84, with a 42 on both the front and back nines.

Fellow junior Michelle Riber (Stockholm, Sweden) shot an 87 in the final round to finish at 259, while freshman Jennifer Clinton (Sayville, N.Y.) rounded out the lineup for SHU with her second consecutive 90 to total 263.

For the Knights, it was their fourth straight NEC title.  FDU was also the preseason favorite, while the Pioneers were slated second in the coaches' poll.

Long Island's Anna Palsson took the individual crown with a nine-over 225.  Robert Morris finished in third, 10 back of Sacred Heart, at 987, while Saint Francis-PA (992) and Wagner (994) also scored below 1,000 to round out the top five.

The Pioneer men's golf team looks to make a run at a possible Northeast Conference Championship next weekend at Champions Gate in Celebration, Fla.

Team Leaderboard
1. Fairleigh Dickinson - 941
2. Sacred Heart - 977
3. Robert Morris - 987
4. Saint Francis (PA) - 992
5. Wagner - 994
6. Long Island - 1,000
7. Monmouth - 1,007
8. Mount St. Mary's - 1,035
9. Central Connecticut - 1,037
10. St. Francis (NY) - 1,095
11. Quinnipiac - 1,235