Golf Crowned MAAC Champions For Third Straight Year

May 2, 2010

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The Greyhounds combined to fire a tournament-low 295 in the final round of the 2010 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Golf Championships, coming from behind to defeat Siena and take their third straight conference title Sunday afternoon at Celebration Golf Course in Kissimmee, Fla.

No. 1-seeded Loyola finished the event 40-over after three rounds, four strokes ahead of the No. 2-seeded Saints. The Greyhounds came back in the final two rounds from a third place tie to take their third straight MAAC crown and sixth in eight years. Loyola has now had a tournament win in each of the last nine seasons.

Coming into Sunday's final round the streak looked to be dead, as the Greyhounds trailed the Saints by 10 strokes. Needing to win by two strokes per man in round three, Loyola rallied while Siena faltered, shooting a 309 and finishing at 44-over (908).

A trio of Greyhounds also landed in the top-10 with Jay Mulieri's runner-up finish leading Loyola. Ryan McCarthy made a run up the leaderboard with a 72 to finish two strokes behind Mulieri and tied for fifth while Patrick McCormick ended in a solo tenth place.

Jay Mulieri earned a runner-up finish, coming in second behind Iona's Doug Hoppe. The sophomore, who's older brother Michael captured the individual the last two years in a row, closed out with a 75 Sunday to put him at 8-over (224), four strokes away from Hoppe.

McCarthy went 76-78-72 (226) to move up from a tie for 12th to a tie for fifth, finishing the weekend at 10-over.

Jason Burton and Alex Redfearn moved up as well. Burton fired a 73 in the final round to put him at 10-over (81-77-73; 231) on the weekend, earning him a T13 in his first-ever MAAC championship tournament.

Redfearn recovered from first round struggles in the second third, making up for an 80 with a 79 Saturday and a 75 in the final round to give him an 18-over total of 234. The junior finished tied for 20th.

McCormick was the only Greyhound to struggle Sunday, as he carded an 80 and dropped from a tie for third to tenth place, finishing the weekend at 13-over 229 (73-76-80).

Loyola's other individual competitor, freshman Jon Ross, withdrew.