DAYTONA BEACH, FL (April 29, 2012) - The Sacred Heart women's golf team finished fourth at the 2012 Northeast Conference Championship in Daytona, Florida at the LPGA International Champions Course. The Pioneers finished the three round event with a total score of 955 (310-317-328).
The LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds pulled off a come from behind victory on the final day, denying Fairleigh Dickinson their fifth-striaght NEC Championship in the process. Trailing team leader FDU by nine strokes heading into Sunday's final round, the Blackbirds 298 in the final round while the Knights carded a 25-over 313. The difference gave LIU Brooklyn their second-ever NEC Championship team title, and first since 2005.
The Monmouth Hawks came home third after shooting 310 on Sunday to finish at 941. The Pioneers had their worst round on the final day, carding a team score of 328.
Junior Gabriella Riber (Stockholm, Sweden) was the Pioneers top-golfer, finishing in eighth place with a three-round score of 232 (78-72-82). Senior teammate Carly Bergin (Binghamton, NY) was tied for 13th overall with a 235 (75-79-81) after 54 holes. Classmate Michelle Riber (Stockholm, Sweden) was tied for 23rd overall with a score of 244 (79-81-84). Senior Brianna Carnahan (Port Jefferson, NY) tied for 27th overall at 248 (78-85-85).
LIU's Cristina Felip, a freshman, yielded a three-round score of 215 that shattered the NEC 54-hole record and topped the rest of the field by 11 strokes earning the rookie the individual title. The previous meet record was held by FDU' Michele Holzwarth, who shot a 223 in 2009. Her victory extended LIU's streak of three-straight years with a golfer winning individual medalist honors.