By James Greene
Special to GoHolyCross.com
The 2009-2010 Holy Cross women's golf team is poised to improve upon last year's eighth-place finish at the Big South Championship. Captained by a pair of juniors, the team features a young nucleus. Six of the twelve roster spots are occupied by juniors while sophomores and freshman account for six slots.
Meghan Doherty and Johanna Gavin have been tabbed as this year's captains. Doherty was the team's most consistent and reliable performer last season. In 15 rounds she led the team in average strokes at 83.3 and was the team's top finisher in all seven competitions. She shot her best two-round scores of the season (162) at the Dartmouth Invitational in the first competition of the fall and again at the Sacred Heart Invitational. Her career-best 77 came in the first round of the Williams Fall Classic, and she led the Crusaders with a three-round score of 252 at the Big South Championship where she tied for 29th. "We expect Meghan to play better," said head coach Bob Molt, who is entering his 34th year at Holy Cross. "She played a lot of tournaments and competitive golf over the summer."
Gavin participated in 13 rounds last season. At the Mount Holyoke Invitational she had her best two-round effort of the year with a 170. She also shot a 173 at the Williams Fall Classic and a 177 at the Jack Leaman Invitational. Her 265 at the Big South Championship was the second-best finish for Holy Cross, putting her in 36th place. "Johanna is also a very good player," Molt said. "She has the ability to be a top player on this team."
Sophomore Ellie Deluca returns to Holy Cross after a solid freshman campaign. In her first collegiate outing at the Dartmouth Invitational, she was the third highest finishing Crusader with a 169. In 13 rounds, she was fourth on the team with 91.2 strokes-per-round. Junior Kerrin O'Leary brings experience and depth to the squad. She also played in 13 rounds last season and was fifth on the team in average strokes at 95.7. Her best two-round performance was in the Fairfield Invitational when she shot a 178. She had the second-highest finish for the Crusaders at the event.
The team is rounded out by a mix of underclassmen. Juniors Sarah Dyer, Megan McCarthy and Jennifer Larsen and sophomores Melissa Magill, Madison Horl and Lauren McCarthy will vie for spots in the top five. The squad also welcomes incoming freshmen Kimmi Cheung and Kelly Reagan.
Holy Cross opens their fall slate at the Dartmouth Invitational in Hanover, N.H. (Sept. 19-20). A week later the team participates in the Mount Holyoke Invitational (Sept. 26-27) in South Hadley, Mass. After two weeks off, the team returns to action in the Ann Batchelder Invitational (Oct. 17-18) in Wellesley, Mass., and then finishes the fall portion of the schedule at the Connecticut State Invitational (Oct. 24-25) in New Britain, Conn. The spring slate will be announced at a later date.