ALBANY, N.Y. — The University at Albany women’s golf team will be appearing in the NCAA Regionals for the second straight year when it opens play at Saugahatchee Country Club on Monday, May 6.
The No. 17-seeded Great Danes are one of 18 teams competing in the Auburn Regional in Opelika, Ala. They qualified by winning the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship this past month in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
From the regional round — which includes 72 teams and 24 individuals — 24 teams and 12 individuals advance to the national championships, which will be held May 17-22 in Fayetteville, Ark.
Four-fifths of UAlbany’s lineup also competed in the NCAA Regionals in Spring 2018. Helga Einarsdottir led the Great Danes by shooting 76-75-83-234 at Don Veller Seminole Golf Club in Tallahassee, Fla. Her second-round 75 was UAlbany’s best score of the event.
This is the Great Danes’ third NCAA Regional appearance in program history. UAlbany also had qualified in 2015 and 2018.
The Great Danes captured two major conference awards this season: Colleen Cashman-McSween was MAAC Coach of the Year for the second straight year, and Madison Walker was named Co-Rookie of the Year.
Annika Espino put together a strong Spring for the Great Danes, shooting 10 rounds under 80 over 12 rounds of competition. She was named MAAC Golfer of the Week on March 27.
COACH COLLEEN CASHMAN-MCSWEEN
“We are really excited to be heading to Auburn and continuing this season’s journey! Wouldn’t it be fun for us to play with no worries, enjoy the moment and come out of this NCAA shocking the world? UMBC did it, right? Why can’t we? We certainly have the talent! It will just take everyone believing and playing with an aggressive, nothing-to-lose mentality, and we will see what happens.
“Nonetheless, this has been an amazing season, capped with our second MAAC championship in a row with a team that I couldn’t ask for better players and people. We are truly a family, and we are excited for the prospect of turning people’s heads at every tournament we play!”