ST. PAUL’S SCHOOL CRUSADERS
On an overcast afternoon at Caves Valley Country Club, the St. Paul’s golf team won three of six individual matches and split two others to defeat Loyola, 12.5-8.5 in the MIAA A Conference Golf Team Championship Match.
It was St. Paul’s second consecutive team championship in the A Conference and its eighth overall, the most in MIAA history. The Crusaders also own two MIAA titles in the B Conference.
“This team lost the first match of the season to Loyola and then proceeded to win 13 straight MIAA A Conference matches,” said St. Paul’s coach Rick Collins. “From day one of practice they have demonstrated commitment, dedication and a passion for the game.”
In the first pairing of the day, Loyola had the advantage, as the Dons’ Will Koras posted a 3-0 win over St. Paul’s Lou Bake in the No. 1 position and, at No. 2 position, Loyola’s Trent Geritz and St. Paul’s Tyler Caballero split, 1.5-1.5, giving Loyola the team point.
Trailing by four points, the Crusaders made up ground in the second pair, as Trip Smith, in the third position, defeated Loyola’s Jack Mullikan, 2.5-.5, while Will Ford of St. Paul’s and Noah Peck of Loyola split in the fourth position. St. Paul’s got the team point in this group.
The Crusaders clinch the victory in the third pairing, winning both matches and the team point. At No. 5, Brandon Wilson topped Thomas McAuliffe, 3-0, and Jake Geis prevailed, 2-1, over Tom Dendrinos, in the sixth position.