April 29, 2012
Siena women's golf continued their dynasty-like reign atop the MAAC Sunday, cinching the program's 12th consecutive conference championship with a dominant performance. The Saints won the team title by 53 shots, and freshman Victoria Nguyen took first place individually.
The Green and Gold had four golfers place in the top five. In addition to Nguyen's eight-shot victory, Kylie Strijek tied for second, and Cortney Tilley and Katie Nelson tied for fifth. No other team had more than two athletes in the top 10.
"It was a great team effort by the girls," said head coach Dave Wronowski. "They got better every week, and they played great all three days."
By finishing first, Nguyen brought home Siena's fourth McLeod Memorial Award in the last five years. The award, given to the top individual finisher, was won three times in four years by Katelynn Mannix '11. The freshman earned her trophy with her second straight 74, the best round of the day by three shots.
Additionally, Siena coach Dave Wronowski was named the MAAC's Coach of the Year following the victory. The Saints have just one senior on this year's roster, and graduated program stalwarts Mannix and Catherine Shomo '11 after last year's victory. However, the Saints once again came out on top at the MAAC Tournament, and each of Siena's top four finishers will return next season, undoubtedly a scary thought for the rest of the conference.
With the win, Siena will become the first MAAC team to receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships. The Saints will find out where they're headed on Monday night at 9 p.m., and the selection show will be streamed live online at ncaa.com.
"This is obviously a great next step for the program," Wronowski said. "I think the girls are really excited. We're going to enjoy this victory for a few days, we'll find out our course tomorrow night, and we'll start preparing as soon as possible. I think we'll represent the school and the conference well."