CALDWELL, NJ — After going a perfect 12-0 in its dozen dual meet duels in 2015 and earning both the North Jersey Girls Golf League (NJGGL) regular season crown and that grouping’s championship meet title, the Mount Saint Dominic Academy golf team set its sights on either matching or somehow bettering that showing this time around.
After suffering a brutal loss against Westfield High School (WHS) on opening day, April 5, things did not look good for the Lady Lions, who were beaten by the Lady Blue Devils, 194-205, on the locals' home course, Essex Fells Country Club (EFCC).
That stinging setback, however, proved to be the only loss that the Mount would suffer during the dual meet season, as MSDA earned its second straight NJGGL regular season title by going 11-1 overall, while Westfield and Millburn tied for second place at 8-3.
The Mount won its rematch against WHS, 180-185, while sweeping two match sets from Chatham High (192-226 and 205-227), the Kent Place School (192-212 and 205-226), the Oak Knoll School (205-227 and 194-215), Millburn High (205-220 and 180-191) and the Morristown-Beard School (205-252 and 200-233).
“It was cold and windy and overall very uncomfortable on opening day and we just didn't play well,” recounted MSDA head coach Juliet Little, a member of the MSDA Class of 2K and a former Fairfield resident, adding, “But, since then, we've been able to get back on the right track and I'm very proud of what our girls have been able to accomplish so far this season.”
The list of the Lady Lions regulars includes Marissa Broderick, a junior who has fashioned an average of 43 (strokes per nine holes), senior co-captain Kristen Gengaro (46), fellow 12th-grade co-captain Lauren Turano (54), 11th-grader Gina Fujii (47), junior Sabrina Sgobba (56), Grace Sheehan, a junior from Fairfield (56), Elizabeth Elliott, a senior from West Caldwell (61), Marisa Cherichella (59), Ariana Lukowiak (59) and Julianna Pita (60), with Victoria Perillo, a sophomore from West Caldwell, Lauren Dwyer, a ninth-grader from Essex Fells, Michaela Smith, a ninth-grader from North Caldwell, Eva Whelan, a ninth-grader from Essex Fells, and fellow frosh Lea Toomey rounding out the roster.
Monday, May 16, should see Little's Lady Lions team hosting the 2016 NJGGL Championship meet at EFCC.