During the month of January, Golfweek will preview the spring season for each conference. Today, we look at the Patriot League:
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5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
• Top of the class: Boston
• Player to watch: Kristyna Pavlickova, Boston: The junior nabbed two top-finishes in a solid fall season.
• Freshman to watch: Emily Tillo, Boston: Tillo could play a big role in determining newcomer Boston’s standing in the Patriot League.
• Conference championship: April 20-22, Ocotillo Golf Resort, Chandler, Ariz.
• Past champions (2013 inaugural tournament): Lehigh (2013)
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(Golfweek/Sagarin rank in parentheses)
• Boston (162): Boston could step in as the team to beat in its first year in the Patriot League. The team posted four top fives in the fall, including a runner-up finish at the Dartmouth Invitational. Junior Kristyna Pavlickova led the team with a 76.25 scoring average and two top fives, and freshman Emily Tillo added two top fives of her own.
• Bucknell (200): Bucknell returns all five of its contributors from its runner-up finish at the Patriot League Championship last year, including three top-five finishers. The team did not post a top-five finish in the fall, but did nab a sixth-place showing at its own tournament. Bucknell was led by the 2012-13 Patriot League individual runner-up Bridget Wilcox, who posted a 77.9 scoring average in the fall.
• Lehigh (206): The defending champs’ best showing in the fall was a seventh-place finish at the Rutgers Invitational. Lehigh returns four contributors from its championship run last year, but the one departing player is last year’s individual champ and Player of the Year Chelsea Michalek. The Patriot League’s Rookie of the Year returns for Lehigh, Nicole Feierberg.
• Navy (256): Navy struggled in the fall, finishing near the bottom of the pack in all of its fall tournaments. Sophomore Renata Bucher led the team with an 83.6 scoring average. No players posted a top 10 in four tournaments this fall.
• Holy Cross (257): Holy Cross finished last at the inaugural Patriot League Championship and will look to improve on that finish this year. The team’s best showing was a seventh-place finish at the Mount Holyoke Invitational. Sophomore Marisa Cameron led the team in four of its five tournaments this fall.