LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Quinnipiac women's golf freshman stand-out Nicole Scola (Westerly, R.I.) was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year after leading the Bobcats to a 2nd place finish at the MAAC Championship at Disney's Palm Golf Course. Scola finished in fifth place, earning MAAC First Team honors in the process.
|Place||School||To Par||1st Round||2nd Round||3rd Round||Total|
|3||Albany, University at||+143||343||332||332||1007|
|T5||Hartford, U. of||+152||350||339||327||1016|
Siena won its 15th MAAC Championship after finishing at 978 (+114), followed by Quinnipiac at 1,005 (+141), Albany at 1,007 (+143), Monmouth at 1,012 (+148), Hartford and Fairfield at 1,016 (+152) with Niagara closing out the seven-team tournament at 1,034 (+170).
|Place||Player||Scoring||1st Round||2nd Round||3rd Round||Total|
"I'm obviously ecstatic with a second-place finish," head coach John O'Connor said. "Siena was too strong – they were ranked considerably higher than we were. We gave it a good effort, but they were just too tough. We end up beating some very good teams – all of which were ranked higher than us. IT was a good effort. very good all weekend – they are ranked as high as they are for a reason. I'm happy that we finished ahead of several teams that are ranked higher than us."
Scola started the day tied for seventh place and shot three-over par over the first nine holes of the final round, highlighted by a birdie on hole No. 8 that was sandwiched between pars on Nos. 7 and 8. She shot par on three of her first five holes on the back nine before wrapping up the afternoon at 81 (+9) for her best round of the tournament.
"It was a great, team effort," O'Connor said. "Everyone contributed in one way or another. I'm very pleased with Nicole winning Rookie of the Year – she deserved it. I think she's the best player in the conference. I expect great things from her for the next three years."
Emilly Ribbins (Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands) produced her best 54-hole score in her career, posting a 251 (+35), besting her 253 at the Yale Invitational earlier this year. Ribbins was two-over par after the first four holes before shooting par on four of her next five holes on the front nine to hit the turn at three-over. She finished at seven-over par on the back nine for an 82 (+10).
"Emily [Ribbins] is really coming around," O'Connor said. "She just missed finishing in the top ten by just one stroke. She played very well all three days, I'm very proud."
Taylor Lambrou (Baldwin, N.Y.) matched her first-day score with an 83 (+11), improving by four strokes from her last round at Disney. She finished the tournament tied for 16th place at +37. Jenn Whaley (Avon, Conn.) cut three strokes off her previous round total to card an 84 (+12) for her best round of the tournament. Whaley started the day tied for 22nd but finished tied for 18th at +42 for the tournament.
Jennifer Forlenza (Wayne, N.J.) played her final round of her collegiate career, capping off her four years with an 88 (+16) for the final round to finish at 263 (+47) and in 29th place. Forlenza is the lone member of this year's team to have played on the first women's golf team in Quinnipiac history, and is the only student-athlete to compete for four years with the program.