QU Women's Golf's Nicole Scola Leads MAAC Championship After 2nd Round; Bobcats In Third Place

QU Women's Golf's Nicole Scola Leads MAAC Championship After 2nd Round; Bobcats In Third Place
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida – Quinnipiac sophomore Nicole Scola (Westerly, Rhode Island) was tied for the lead after the second round of the 2015 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championship. As a team, the Bobcats moved up a spot after the second round of the MAAC Championship and sit in third place after 36 holes. The Bobcats improved by a stroke from Friday's round, as their 316 on Saturday breaks the program record for the best 18-hole score in Quinnipiac postseason history.
"Nicole Scola was unbelievable today," head coach John O'Connor said. "She's got a target on her back, but I'm pretty sure she will rise to the occasion and come home with a win."

Albany led the field for the second straight day at +47, followed by Siena, who trimmed nine strokes from Friday and sits four strokes behind the Great Danes at +53. Quinnipiac, at +57, is right behind the Saints, with Fairfield at +31 and Dayton at +39 filling in the top five spots. Monmouth (+79), Niagara (+87) and Hartford (+91) filled out the field.  

Scola had another outstanding performance, leading three of five Bobcats who improved on their score from the first day. Scola shot a 74 (+2) for the second round of the tournament, improving by two strokes from the first day. Scola completed the second round with the best 36-hole total in Quinnipiac's postseason history as her 150 pushes ahead of Krissy Unger's 156 at the 2013 Northeast Conference Championship.

Scola's front nine saw the sophomore Bobcat hit the turn Even, after she counted a bogey on No. 4 with a birdie on No. 6. She completed a day two-strokes over on the back nine to head to the clubhouse at +2 for the afternoon, and +6 for the tournament and second place in the standings.

"Every time I ask something of this team, they perform better and better," O'Connor said. "As a whole, we had a great front nine, and despite our performance on the back nine not being as strong, it was still good enough to land us in third place - almost exactly where I thought we should be."

Taylor Lambrou (Baldwin, New York) moved up a spot into a tie for ninth place despite a two-stroke increase from Friday, carding an 80 (+8) for the second round to produce a 158 for her best 36-hole score of her career. Lambrou was +4 after the first nine holes, but opened the back nine with par on six of her first seven holes. She shot four-over par on No. 17 but produced her second birdie of the day on No. 18 to save a stroke.

Jenn Whaley (Farmington, Connecticut) bounced back in a big way in the second round of the tournament, improving by four strokes from Friday to produce her best postseason round of her three-year career. Whaley shot an 80 and moved up seven spots in the standings into a tie for 20th place. She was Even through the first seven holes of the day, matching a bogey on No. 4 with a birdie on No. 7 before an errant shot found a wooded area and gave her a triple bogey on No.8. She rebounded to par the next five holes, but double-bogeyed two of her last five holes. Her 164 through the first 36 holes of the tournament are her best postseason score of her career.

Despite a difficult day that saw her drop out of the top 15, Emily Ribbins (Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands) has produced her best 36 hole MAAC Championship score of her two-year career. Ribbins shot 79 on Friday and 87 on Saturday to total 166 through the first two rounds. Estefania Morales (Caracas, Venezuela) improved by five strokes from her first day tally, producing an 82 to go along with her 87 on Friday for a two-day total of 169. Morales moved up six spots from Friday and is currently tied for 29th out of 40 golfers.

"To be 10 strokes off the lead in this tournament is unbelievable," O'Connor said. "I can't be more proud of this team. They've really done an amazing job and I'm really looking forward to tomorrow."

The final round of the 2015 MAAC Championship commences on Sunday, Apr. 26 at 8 a.m. and can be seen live on ESPN3.