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Roland & Knapp Lead Big Green to ECAC Title

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Sophomore Sarah Knapp tied for second to help lead the Big Green to the ECAC Championship.     By Mark Washburn

EGG HARBOR, N.J. — The Dartmouth women's golf team claimed the ECAC Championship on Monday at the Twisted Dune Country Club. The Big Green held a two-shot lead after the first round and increased their lead on day two to win the event by nine strokes. The team finished the 14-team event with a team score of 611. Sacred Heart finished second at 620 and Hofstra took third at 638. It marked the first time the Big Green won the event since they were co-champs with James Madison in 1992. The last time Dartmouth won the event by itself was in 1983.

After a opening round 308, Dartmouth shot a 303 in the second round. The team was led by sophomore Sarah Knapp (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) and senior Heather Roland (Newtown Square, Pa.). The duo finished tied for second with a 6-over-par 150. Carly Bergin of Sacred Heart took the top spot with a 4-over-par 148.

Knapp shot a 74 in the second round after posting a 76 in the first. Roland fired a 75 on both days of the competition. Freshman Jane Lee (North Shore City, New Zealand) finished in sixth with a 10-over-par 154. Senior Marietta Smith (Mount Prospect, Ill.) carded a 157 to tie for ninth and junior Colleen Carroll (Bettendorf, Iowa) tied for 46th with a 174. The top four scores on each day contributed to the Big Green's team score.

The win marked the second tournament title in three events for Dartmouth. The team opened the fall season by winning the Dartmouth Invitational for the first time since 1992. The victory was also the first tournament title of any kind since the Big Green won the Bryant Invitational in 2003.

Dartmouth competes next at the Harvard Invitational on Oct. 14-16. It will mark the final tournament of the fall season.