Nov. 6, 2014
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Patriot League golf teams concluded their fall campaigns in October, and now take the winter off before returning to prepare for the League championships.
The Loyola men and Boston University women will likely be among the favorites in their respective championships, and each squad performed well in October and had a student-athlete honored with a Patriot League Golf monthly honor on Thursday.
Corvias Patriot League Male Golfer of the Month
Matt Oshrine, Loyola Maryland So., Baltimore, Md.
Oshrine becomes the first person to earn three Corvias Patriot League Male Golfer of the Month awards in a career, and just the second to repeat after also taking the award in September. He continued his strong play in the fall with top-six finishes in all three of his events in October. Oshrine placed fifth at the Wolfpack Intercollegiate hosted by NC State on Oct. 6-7 as he fired a 3-under 210 in the 54-hole event. Oshrine shot a 69 in his opening and final round. He followed that up the next weekend with a tie for third place at the Maryland Invitational, shooting a 1-over 217 over 54 holes with a pair of rounds under par. Oshrine led the Greyhounds to a runner-up finish in the 12-team field. He capped the fall at the FGCU Old Corkscrew on Oct. 27-28 and placed in a tie for sixth out of 77 golfers with a 2-over 218, leading Loyola to a fourth-place showing out of 14 teams. Oshrine shot five of nine rounds under par in October to finish with a 71.66 stroke average, and finished the fall season ranked 51st in Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings.
Corvias Patriot League Female Golfer of the Month
Adela Cejnarova, Boston University So., Prague, Czech Republic
Cejnarova, the 2014 Patriot League Rookie of the Year, earns the Corvias Female Golfer of the Month award for October after a pair of solid tournaments. She saved her best for last, shooting a 223 at the Jacksonville University Courtyard Classic on Oct. 13-14 to finish in a tie for 11th place in the 78-golfer field. Cejnarova opened the 54-hole tournament with a 3-under par 69, which was the first 3-under in program history and the second 69 of her collegiate career. She helped the Terriers to a program-low round of 294 as BU finished seventh in the 14-team field. Cejnarova opened the month with a 244 at the Diane Thomason Invitational on Oct. 4-5 to lead BU to a seventh-place showing out of 13 teams. She finished with a scoring average of 77.83 in October. Cejnarova joins teammate Emily Tillo as the only two-time winners of the Corvias Patriot League Female Golfer of the Month award.
Ryan Allison, Colgate So., Melbourne, Fla.
Allison placed second at the Connecticut Cup on Oct. 13-14 with a 3-under 213, and also finished 14th at the Binghamton Fall Invitational on Oct. 5-6 with a 2-over 146.
Peter Scialabba, Bucknell Sr., Oyster Bay, N.Y.
Scialabba opened the Binghamton Invitational with a career-low 67, the eighth-best score in program history, and went on to finish in a tie for sixth with an even-par 144.
Patriot League Notebook
A handful of Patriot Leaguers won individual titles in the fall. It began right away on the opening weekend as Ryan Allison won at home in the Colgate Invitational on Sept. 6-7, an event that included four other Patriot League schools. The next weekend featured a pair of men’s winners as Loyola’s Matt Oshrine claimed the title at the Doc Gimmler Invitational and Lafayette’s Art Griffin took the crown at the Bucknell Invitational and one on the women’s side as Boston University’s Emily Tillo won at the Dartmouth Invitational. The Terriers claimed the team title in the event, and Army won the 14-team Colgate Invitational on the men’s side in September. No teams won titles in October, but the Loyola men, Lehigh women and Navy women all had runner-up showings.
Lafayette Edges Lehigh in President’s Cup
Lafayette defeated rival Lehigh in a thrilling dual men’s matchup on Oct. 14 at Hamilton Farm Golf Club in Gladstone, N.J. The Leopards held a 4.5-3.5 lead after the better ball and alternate shot competitions, but saw Lehigh go ahead 7.5-6.5 during singles play. But Lafayette came through in the final two matches, as Jared Mactas and Pat Luther each posted victories to give the Leopards an 8.5-7.5 win over the Mountain Hawks. It was the second men’s dual competition of the season in the Patriot League after Army beat Navy 10-1 in the Star March on Sept. 27-28.
More Patriot League vs. Patriot League Action
In addition to the head-to-head contests, Patriot League teams joined at numerous tournaments in the fall. In October, the competitions included both the men and women’s Lehigh Invitational. On the men’s side Lafayette finished third, Bucknell was ninth and Lehigh 10th on Oct. 18-19, while the women’s tournament featured the host Mountain Hawks as runner-up and Holy Cross in ninth place. In other men’s event with multiple Patriot League teams, Bucknell was fourth, Lafayette placed seventh and Colgate came in ninth at the Binghamton Invitational on Oct. 5-6 while Loyola was runner-up and Navy came in sixth at the Maryland Invitational on Oct. 13-14. For the women Lehigh was eighth and Navy 12th at the Princeton Invitational on Oct. 18-19, while Richmond finished fifth and Navy eighth at the Delaware Invitational on Oct. 25-26.
See You in the Spring!
Patriot League teams will not return to the course until at least late February, and each squad will be focusing on a League title in the spring. Navy will host the 2015 Patriot League Women’s Golf Championship at Naval Academy Golf Course on April 18-19, followed by Colgate hosting the 2015 Patriot League Men’s Golf Championship on April 25-26 at Seven Oaks Golf Course.