Women's spring preview: Northeast Conference
During the month of January, Golfweek will preview the spring season for each conference. Check out all of the previews here.
Today, we look at the Northeast Conference:
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5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
• Top of the class: Long Island-Brooklyn
• Player to watch: Marisol Doglioli, Long Island-Brooklyn: It’s tough to choose between Long Island-Brooklyn’s pack of top players, but Doglioli’s three top 10s in the fall are hard to overlook.
• Freshman to watch: Ariana Furrie, Wagner: Wagner could rely on the rookie to have a strong spring behind sophomore Noelle Maertz.
• Conference championship: April 25-27, LPGA International, Daytona Beach, Fla.
• Past champions (since 2009): Long Island-Brooklyn (2012-2013), Fairleigh Dickinson (2009-2011)
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(Golfweek/Sagarin rank in parentheses)
- Long Island-Brooklyn (199): The defending champs return all five contributors from last year’s Northeast Conference title and posted three top 5s in the fall. The team showed its consistency when three Blackbirds posted top 10s at the St. John’s Invitational. Four All-Northeast Conference players return, including Rookie of the Year Marisol Doglioli. Long Island-Brooklyn will make a bid for a three-peat on the wings of its all-conference players.
- St. Francis (Pa.) (208): St. Francis (Pa.) took three top 5s in the fall, including a win at the RMU Colonial Classic. Both of the players that finished in the top-10 of the Northeast Conference Championship last year return for the Red Flash. Senior Ann Colligan and sophomore Taylar Jaramillo both played to three top 10s in the fall in five tournaments.
- Robert Morris (229): Sophomore Halley Morell led Robert Morris in the fall as the team looks to improve on its 2012-13 season. The Colonials finished eighth at the Northeast Conference Championship last year. Morell nabbed two top 5s, including a win at the RMU Colonial Classic. She also led the team in terms of scoring average (78.1). Three of Robert Morris’ top four golfers in terms of scoring average in the fall were underclassmen.
- Fairleigh Dickinson (233): Reigning Northeast Conference Golfer of the Year Mariana Juaristi returns for the Knights after taking medalist honors at the Northeast Conference Championship last year. Juaristi, a senior, did not dominate in the fall, finishing with a scoring average of 80. The team played to a top-5 finish at the Rutgers Women’s Invitational, where two of its players nabbed top 10s.
- Central Connecticut (236): The Blue Devils finished in the middle of the pack in two tournaments, but did not have an impressive fall. No Central Connecticut golfers notched a top-10 finish and only one player (junior Albrianna Farnum) finished the fall with a sub-80 scoring average. Only two Blue Devils return from the group that finished second at last year’s Northeast Conference Championship.
- Wagner (241): Sophomore Noelle Maertz led Wagner in the fall, picking up two top 10s in four tournaments. The team’s best showing was at the Navy Chesapeake Bay Invite, where the team and Maertz both took third place. Wagner edged out conference opponents Fairleigh Dickinson and St. Francis (N.Y.) at that tournament.
- Sacred Heart (242): Sacred Heart had its best finish at the Dartmouth Women’s Invitational, where it placed seventh. The Pioneers lost three contributors from their 2012-13 Northeast Conference Championship team, where they finished fourth. Sacred Heart has only one senior on roster.
- St. Francis (N.Y.) (254): St. Francis is a young team with only two upperclassmen. It finished near the bottom of the pack in its five fall tournaments and none of its golfers recorded a scoring average less than 85. Sophomore Nikki Liucci did record an individual top 10 – a T-9 at the Quinnipiac Women’s Golf Classic.