LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida – The Quinnipiac University women's golf team finished fourth at the 2015 Metro Atlantic Conference Championship while Nicole Scola (Westerly, Rhode Island) and Taylor Lambrou (Baldwin, New York) both earned All-MAAC honors after finishing tied for fourth and 10th, respectively.
"It was a tough day today," head coach John O'Connor said. "We were in the running for most of the day today, but just couldn't hold on. Albany is a very, very good team."
Albany won the 2015 MAAC Championship at 937 (+73) while Siena finished as the runner-up at 948 (+84). Fairfield, at 956 (+92) finished two strokes ahead of the Bobcats in third place. Quinnipiac combined to shoot a program postseason-record 958 (54 holes) for fourth place. The Bobcats' previous record of 979 was compiled at the 2013 Northeast Conference Championship.
Individually, Scola started the day in first place, but shot a 81 (+9) to finished tied for fourth in the 40-participant field. Scola's three-day score of 231 (+15) broke Quinnipiac's previous 54-hole postseason record of 242, set by Kayla Ketcheson at the 2013 NEC Championship.
"Kudos to a fourth place finish for Nicole [Scola]and a top-10 finish for Taylor [Lambrou], who both earn all-conference honors. It was real nice to see that, and I'm very proud of them."
Lambrou had an incredible tournament, finishing tied for 10th a 239 (+23) for the three-day tournament. Lambrou's 239 is the second-best postseason 54-hole round in Quinnipiac history and beat her previous-best score of 252 that she shot at this year's Hoya Women's Invitational on Mar. 30-31. Lambrou hit the turn at +5, but bogeyed holes No. 1 and 2 before shooting par on the next four holes. She would finish at +4 on the front nine and +9 for the day.
Estefania Morales (Caracas, Venezuela) continued her progression as she improved for the third-straight day. Morales shot an 87 (+15)on Friday, followed by an 82 (+10) on Saturday before wrapping up the tournament with a 79 (+7) on the final day. Morales posted one of the top scores on the back nine for the entire tournament, as she shot par of six of the nine holes before heading to turn at +3. She finished at 248 (+32) for the tournament a tie of 24th place, five places higher than her Saturday finish.
Emily Ribbins (Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands) threatened to make a move in the standings early on the final day, shrugging off a bogey on her first hole to birdie back-to-back holes on Nos. 11 and 12. She then shot par of four of the final six holes on the back nine and sat at +1 with nine holes to go. The front nine was less kind to the second-year Bobcat, yielding a +11 score to Ribbins, who despite a tough finish shed three strokes from her previous day's score. She finished in 27th place at 250 (+34), just ahead of Jenn Whaley (Farmington, Connecticut) who shot 251 (+35) for the three-day tournament. Whaley's finish was a seven-stroke improvement from her 2014 MAAC Championship finish.