May 1, 2010
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Under tough conditions and facing difficult pin placements, the Loyola men's golf team persevered to move up two spots into second place at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Golf Championships Saturday afternoon. The Greyhounds surpassed Rider and Iona by shooting a combined 304 (33-over) in the second round on Celebration Golf Club's Celebration Course in Kissimmee, Fla.
The Greyhounds shaved one stroke off of their first-round performance and are now a combined 609 and 10 strokes behind leader Siena. The Saints, who last year came in second to Loyola, shot a 299 in round two to remain at the top of the leaderboard.
Following up an opening-round 76, sophomore Jay Mulieri brought in Loyola's lowest score with a 1-over 73. Mulieri's two-round total of 149 puts him in a tie for third place and trailing Saint Peter's Sean Fitzpatrick's 1-over lead by just four strokes.
Tied with Mulieri is teammate Patrick McCormick. McCormick opened with a 73 in Friday's first round and carded five birdies en route to a second-round score of 76.
Ryan McCarthy carded a 78 after opening with a 76 to put him at 10-over (154). The sophomore is tied for 12th going into Sunday's third and final round.
Jason Burton and Alex Redfearn round out the lineup for Loyola, tied for 21st and 23rd, respectively, and one shot away from each other. Burton went 81-79 in the first two rounds and is currently 14-over (158) on the weekend while Redfearn is 15-over (159) after going 80-79.
Individual competitor Jon Ross struggled in the second round, finishing with an 86. The freshman's first-round 76 gives him a two-round total of 160 and puts him at 16-over.
Rider is currently in third place, five shots behind the Greyhounds at 38-over (614). The Broncs will the final round paired with Loyola and Siena.
Iona (616) finished the second round in fourth, followed by Canisius (623), Saint Peter's (626), Manhattan (637), Fairfield (639) and Niagara (668).
Siena's Doug Hoppe is in second place behind Fitzpatrick and Eric LaFante (Rider) and Dan Denyse (Siena) are tied for third with Mulieri and McCormick.