Feb. 26, 2007
Success is a word that the Siena Saints women's golf program completely understands. With six-straight MAAC titles, this year should be no different for the Saints, who feature three highly talented seniors who will look to end their collegiate careers on top with their seventh consecutive conference championship at the three-day long 2007 JetBlue MAAC Championships set to take place in Lake Buena Vista, Florida on April 27. Led by standout Laura Woolgar, the Saints should have no problem in accomplishing that feat, as she is accompanied by a cast of teammates that will be a force this year in the three spring invitationals the Saints are slated to be in.
Leading the cavalry in her final season donning the Green and Gold is Pearl River, N.Y. native Laura Woolgar, who throughout her four-year stay in Loudonville has been the unquestioned leader for the Saints as she represents a true leader on and off the course as proven by her two MAAC All-Academic Team selections and her being chosen as a GCAA All-American Scholar in 2006 for her outstanding achievements in the classroom. During the fall semester, Woolgar tabulated a team-low 78.2 scoring average, including a first-place finish at the Don Mershon Lehigh Invitational with a two-day score of 157, after firing an 80 during the first day and a 77 in the second to close out the tournament. This spring, look for Woolgar's performance to be nothing short of impressive as she will end her Siena playing career as one of the most talented golfers the Saints have ever had.
Complimenting Woolgar as the other two seniors on this year's upperclassmen laden roster are Megan Angis and local product Samantha Rossi. Angis, a native of Saco, Maine has drastically improved her game throughout her Siena career and looks for her steady work ethic to pay dividends in her final semester as a collegiate golfer. During the fall, Angis had a breakout semester as she improved her scoring average to 81.5; a number that stands in stark contrast to her 2005-06 posting of 90.5. This spring, Angis looks to take her game to the next level, as her consistency and patience throughout her career will be capped off this spring in her final semester of play.
Rossi represents the ideal team player who is always there in clutch situations when called upon. Not only is Rossi an ideal team player, she's quite the ideal student-athlete as well with accolades such as MAAC All-Academic Team selections in 2005 and 2006. Last spring, Rossi tallied a scoring average of 95 after participating in a pair of events, including the Northern Illinois University Snowbird Invitational and the Georgetown Invitational. Rossi ended the Snowbird Invitational with a 95, while capping off the season at the Georgetown Invitational with a 190 after firing a 100 in the first day and a 90 in the second day to end the tournament. With three years of collegiate experience under her belt, Rossi looks to finish her Siena career with a polished and refined game this spring in her final semester as a Saint.
Rounding out the talented core of juniors this year are Melissa Agostinelli, Bridget Erwin and Western Carolina University transfer Jessica Jackson. Agostinelli, a native of Rochester, N.Y. was featured in each of the five tournaments over the fall, including the Princeton Invitational, where she tied for 16th overall with a combined score of 158 after shooting a 77 in the first day followed by an 81 to cap off the two-day event.
Erwin, a product of Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse, N.Y. finished the fall semester tied for second on the team with an 80.4 scoring average. In comparison to last spring, Erwin increased her scoring average by 1.7 points after posting an 82.1 scoring average. During the 2006 JetBlue MAAC Championships, Erwin deservingly captured the McLeod Award, after finishing first individually with a three-day score of 239. Erwin enters the spring semester fresh off a successful fall and looks to make another fine showing this February.
Jackson looks to make her Siena debut this spring after sitting out the fall. Jackson could be described as a golfer who brings a great passion to the game, including a fine work ethic and character. There is no question that those qualities could equate to success for the Croghan, N.Y. native as she embarks this spring to cap her initial season with the Saints.
As the only freshman on this year's Saints' roster, Bridget Carr is welcomed with open arms after a successful high school career at Nardin Academy. Carr will be utilized to her utmost potential, as she was a two-time High School Athlete of the Week in Buffalo and a three-time selection to the All-Catholic Team during her career at Nardin. Credit a fine work ethic to Carr, as she will use that characteristic to make her four-year stay in Loudonville a successful one.
This spring, the Saints will take part in a three invitational schedule; two of which are slated to take place in Florida. The Saints will be showcased at the Bethune-Cookman Invitational on February 24, followed by a showing at the University of Cincinatti in Crystal River, Florida almost a month later on March 23. The Saints conclude regular season play at the Georgetown Invitational in Leesburg, Virginia on April 1, before attempting to capture their seventh-straight league title at the three-day 2007 JetBlue MAAC Championships at Disney's Wide World of Sports in beautiful Lake Buena Vista, Florida on April 27.