Siena cruises to 10th straight MAAC title
For the past decade, no team in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference has been able to unseat Siena College as the conference champion. The Saints cruised to a 10th straight title Sunday by a 15-shot margin of victory.
Siena turned in an 89-over 953 at Celebration Golf Course in Celebration, Fla. to finish 15 shots clear of Fairfield. The Saints won the title in wire-to-wire style, after opening with a 29-over 317. Siena continued extended its lead over Fairfield in the second round with a tournament-best 23-over 311 before closing in 325 for the win.
Fairfield finished second at 104-over 968 and Hartford was third at 121-over 985.
Hartford also claimed the individual champion in freshman Sarah Sideranko, who was the only player in the field to shoot three rounds under 80. Sideranko turned in a 10-over 226 for the week, and was named the MAAC Rookie of the Year.
The next two spots in the individual race belonged to Siena’s Catherine Shomo, in second at 16-over 232, and Bridget Carr, third at 18-over 234. Shomo recorded the low round of the tournament in Round 2 with a 1-over 73.
Fairfield’s Christiana Destefano finished fourth at 24-over 240.
Siena head coach Dave Wronowski was named the first-ever MAAC Women’s Golf Coach of the Year.
The Metro Atlantic Conference is one of just two conferences in the women’s game that does not serve as an automatic qualifer for regional play. The West Coast Conference winner also did not receive an AQ spot in one of the three women’s regionals.