Women's Golf, Siena tie in "Crosstown Challenge"
Golf match-play result: UAlbany 3, Siena 3
Location: Wolferts Roost Country Club in Albany, N.Y.
Short story: The University at Albany women’s golf team and Siena tied, 3-3, in a match-play competition Sunday, April 14, at Wolferts Roost Country Club. Helga Einarsdottir (1-up), Annika Espino (9 and 8) and Caroline Juillat (4 and 3) were the Great Danes’ winners.
Match 1: Sara Riso (Siena) defeats Megan Henry (UAlbany) 1-up.
Match 2: Helga Einarsdottir (UAlbany) defeats Grace Cuttone 1-up.
Match 3: Abigail Chai-Onn (Siena) defeats Madison Walker (UAlbany) 1-up.
Match 4: Abigail Chai-Onn (Siena) defeats Pasqualina Tartaglione (UAlbany) 3 and 2.
Match 5: Annika Espino (UAlbany) defeats Marisa Fiorna (Siena) 9 and 8.
Match 6: Caroline Juillat (UAlbany) defeats Ashley Nguyen (Siena) 4 and 3.
Playing a Spring “Crosstown Challenge” for the first time, the University at Albany and Siena women’s golf teams split a match-play competition Sunday, April 14, with each earning three wins at Wolferts Roost Country Club.
It was the teams’ final tune-ups before the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament this week in Orlando, Fla. The three-day, three-round event starts Thursday.
On Sunday, Helga Einarsdottir (1-up), Annika Espino (9 and 8) and Caroline Juillat (4 and 3) won their matches for UAlbany. Three of the afternoon’s matches were decided on the 18th hole, with Einarsdottir making par to clinch hers.
“Today was definitely a lot of fun,” said Colleen Cashman-McSween, UAlbany’s head coach. “It was nice that the weather ended up holding out, despite sadly missing Masters Sunday. It was an added bonus that we were able to get out and compete one last time before our conference championship.
“Even though we ended the match in a 3-3 tie, it was very exciting, as three of the matches came down to the final hole. Annika took care of business early, winning her match very quickly 9 and 8. Next, Caroline was able to close out match on the 15th hole with a par. Pasqualina battled back in her match but was closed out on the 16th hole. Madison took her opponent to the 18th hole, but unfortunately hit two drives out of bounds. Then, as the finale, both Helga and Megan playing in the same group both made pars on their 18th holes to win 1-up and lose 1-down, respectively.
“Overall, it was fun to watch the teams compete, with plenty of good shots hit and lots of smiles throughout the round! It makes me very happy that both teams are friends on and off the course, and today truly depicted what the sport of golf represents!”
This marked the second meeting of the programs this academic year. UAlbany had defeated Siena by 32 strokes in a head-to-head tournament in the fall.
UAlbany heads to Florida this week for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament. The three-round event begins Thursday at Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course. The tournament winner earns an NCAA Tournament berth.