April 24, 2009
Kissimmee, Fla. - Senior Mike Mulieri shot a 71 on Friday to finish as just one of three players in the field under par and the Greyhounds, winners of this event last year, closed out the first day of the MAAC Championship in third place with a cumulative 300, five strokes behind of Iona College with 36 holes left to play over the next two days.
The Gaels lead the event after shooting 295 at the Celebration Golf Course, while Siena College is just two strokes back.
The individual winner of this event back in 2008, Mulieri looked intent on defending his title. After shooting a 38 on the front nine, he breezed through the backside with a 3-under 33 to finish up with a 71, tying Iona's Anthony Rubeo and Siena's Jim Gifford for top honors.
Keith Hall (33-42) and Ryan McCarthy (38-37) both shot rounds of 75 to tie for eighth-place. Sophomore Alex Redfearn, the only carryover except Mulieri to play in this event last season, shot 38-41 en route to a 79. Freshman Jay Mulieri went 38-42 for an 80.
"We got off to a decent start but didn't close well," said Loyola Head Coach Tom Beidleman, who has won four conference titles."Obviously on Day One you just want to be in the mix, and we are. I'm looking forward to seeing how we respond tomorrow."
Just four strokes back of Loyola is Rider University and Fairfield University, both carding a 304. Manhattan stands sixth at 312, and Niagara and Canisius are tied for seventh at 316. Saint Peter's rounds out the list at 322.
Loyola will play 18 holes on Saturday and Sunday to close out the event. They tee-off at 8:15 a.m. tomorrrow.