Sophomore women's golfer Isabella Rusher was key for the Spiders this weekend at the Patriot League Championship as her team overcame a two-stroke deficit entering the final round to capture the programs' second-consecutive league crown. Izzy tied for third overall on the individual scoreboard and for her efforts she has been chosen as the Wells Fargo Athlete of the Week.
Big time players, play big, in big time situations; and that is exactly what the University of Richmond women's golf team did down the stretch of the 2017 Patriot League Championship to overcome a four-stroke deficit over the final holes to claim a second consecutive league crown.
No one said defending the title would be easy, and the Spiders wouldn't have it any other way. The University of Richmond women's golf team began its first-ever Patriot League title defense on Saturday morning in stunning fashion, building a 15-stroke lead after the first round, but an incredible second round by Boston U. erased that lead and left the Spiders with a two-stroke deficit heading into day two with just 18 holes to play.
The University of Richmond women's golf team will be looking to defend its first-ever team title when the 2017 Patriot League Women's Golf Championship begins on Saturday morning at the par-72, 6,012-yard Saucon Valley Country Club – Grace Course. Lehigh will host the six-team field that includes Boston University, Bucknell, Holy Cross and Navy.
The University of Richmond women's golf team was led this week by Maria Donnici who paced the group with scores of 79, 75, 80 to card an 18-over 234 en route to finishing tied for 33rd overall at the Hoya Invitational. The team finished 12th overall.
Rusher earned her first Patriot League monthly honor.
Sophomore Isabella Rusher finished in a tie for sixth place at the Kingsmill Intercollegiate.
Rusher tallied a top-20 finish and an under-par round.
Richmond women's golf placed 12th in the Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Classic this week.
Marie Donnici shot a team-best round of 73 on Monday.
Elsa Diaz tied the school record for lowest round with 69 (-3).
Elsa Diaz led Richmond with a round of 75.