Golfers Hold Two-Stroke Lead Heading Into MAAC Championship Final Round

April 25, 2009

Kissimmee, Fla. - For the second straight round, senior Mike Mulieri fired a tournament-best 71 on Saturday and the Greyhounds jumped from third to first place with a cumulative 603 at the MAAC Championship, giving Loyola a two-stroke lead over Siena and a three-stroke lead over Iona heading into Sunday's final round.

Mulieri, who won the event last year, holds a four-stroke lead over Jim Gifford of Siena and a five-stroke lead over Drew Creighton of Canisius. The reigning MAAC Golfer of the Year, Mulieri stands 2-under par.

"Mike [Mulieri] again played solid today and our team played well in some tough conditions," said Loyola Head Coach Tom Beidleman, who made note of the swirling winds at the Celebration Golf Course.

Freshman Ryan McCarthy shot a 77 and is tied for seventh in individual play (75-77-152). Just a stroke back is junior Keith Hall, who shot a 78 on Saturday after carding a 75 in the first round.

Tied for 22nd place is freshman Jay Mulieri, who followed up an 80 in the first round with a 77, giving him a cumulative 157. Sophomore Alex Redfearn shot his second straight round of 79 and is tied for 27th place.

The Greyhounds will be looking for their second straight conference title on Sunday. They tee-off the final 18 holes at 8:15 a.m. and are paired with the Saints and Gaels.

"We are looking forward to tomorrow and hopefully we can carry some momentum into the round," Beidleman said.