Feb. 12, 2011
TAMPA, Fla. - The Loyola University Maryland men's golf team knocked off Villanova and competed in a scramble against Notre Dame in a winning Saturday at The Match Play in Tampa, Fla.
The morning began by resuming a tight match with Charleston Southern that was halted by darkness on Friday night at TPC Tampa. The Greyhounds mounted impressive comebacks on Friday night and three Loyola players halved their matches in Ryan McCarthy, Jay Mulieri and Jonathan Ross. Patrick McCormick earned a 1-up victory but Alex Redfearn fell by a six-and-five margin and Charleston Southern came away with the win via tiebreaker.
A second-round loss to Charleston Southern sent the Greyhounds to a match against Villanova in the third round.
Alex Redfearn broke out of his weekend struggles in a big way against the Wildcats, going 5-up through the front nine against Brian Colbert. Redfearn kept up the strong play and put away Colbert by a 4 and 2 score.
Jay Mulieri faced off against Conor Casey in the No. 3 spot. Mulieri went 2-up early and found the match on his putter, needing to win or halve 18 to seal the win for the Greyhounds. The junior finished strong upon reaching the green, sinking a putt to clinch the tiebreaker down the Wildcats, 2.5-2.5.
Four-down with five holes left in his match against Villanova's Michael Kania, Patrick McCormick replicated his Friday rally against Charleston Southern by birdying three straight holes to close the gap to one -down with two holes left to play. McCormick continued the momentum and halved the match.
Ryan McCarthy and Jonathan Ross fell behind against their opponents and came out on the losing end of their matches. McCarthy lost to Brendan Kelly, 3 and 2, and Ross dropped his match to Steve Skurla by a score of 2 and 1.
With not enough sunlight to fit in a fourth round, Loyola and Notre Dame squared off for a pair of scrambles. Notre Dame entered the weekend ranked No. 26 nationally in the Golfstat Head-to-Head Standings.
Redfearn and Mulieri teamed up against Max Scodro and Tom Usher while McCormick, McCarthy and Ross took on Niall Platt, Chris Walker and Paul McNamara.
The two-man pairing for the Greyhounds fell 1-down but the Loyola trio took a victory after winning a putoff.
The Greyhounds return to Baltimore for the next month, next competing on March 26 and 27 in the C&F Bank Intercollegiate at the Kingsmill Resort Prospect Course in Williamsburg, Va.