April 30, 2010
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Two-time defending MAAC Champions Loyola will need a bit of a comeback after the first round of the 2010 MAAC Championship after carding a 305 aggregate at Celebration Golf Course Friday afternoon. The Greyhounds sit in a tie for third and are just five shots back of first-day leader Siena.
The Saints shot an even 300 for 12 over par to lead the team scoring and Rider is just two shots back at 14 over. The Greyhounds and Iona are both 17 over and Saint Peter's sits fifth at 20 over. Canisius (+23), Fairfield (+24), Manhattan (+29) and Niagara (+55) round out the field. The Gaels won a tiebreaker over Loyola so the Greyhounds will tee off the middle 18 holes as the fourth seed after entering the event as the top seed.
Sophomore Patrick McCormick is the low individual for Loyola, carding a one-over 73 in the first round to find himself in a tie for third among individual scores. Classmates Jay Mulieri and Ryan McCarthy are both three shots back of that at four over to sit 11th overall, the same score as freshman Jon Ross, who is competing as an individual and is not eligible for team scoring. Junior Alex Redfearn rounded out Loyola's quartet of countable scores with an eight-over 80 and freshman Jason Burton was one back of that.
Saint Peter's Sean Fitzpatrick posted the score of the day as the only player to better par with a four-under 68 to lead the individual scoring race. He is four shots clear of Iona's Doug Hoppe, who, at even, is one better than McCormick.
Play continues Saturday with second-round play. The three-day event closes on Sunday.