DeLAND, Fla. — The Dartmouth women’s golf team continued to battle in their second day of play at the Babs Steffens Invitational in DeLand, Florida, and finished the day in a tie for third place with Stetson in the 11-team field at 25-over par with a 601. In today’s round, the Big Green tied Boston University for the second best score at nine-over par (297).

Junior Jessica Kittelberger led Dartmouth as one of three golfers to shoot under par with a one-under 71. Beginning her round on the 10th hole like the rest of her teammates, a double bogey on 17 threatened to ruin her day. But she was able to bounce back with three of her five birdies over the final nine. Her strong play bested her first round by 10 strokes as she completed the round in a tie for 14th overall with a 152 (+8).

Senior Tara Simmons, who also dropped 10 strokes between the first two rounds, ended her day on a positive note with the Big Green’s first eagle of the tournament on her final hole, lifting her to a one-over 73 for the round and an 11-over 155 in a tie for 35th thus far.

Dartmouth’s leader remains senior Jamie Susanin, who entered the day tied atop the leaderboard. While she was unable to match the 71 she carded in the first round, she did record four birdies — giving her a tournament-best nine through two rounds — to keep her in striking distance for medalist honors in a tie for fourth with a 147 (+3).

Freshman Maddie Nelson had a strong start to the day and dropped three birdies to card a 77 (+5) while sophomore Catharine Roddy remained among the top 20 in a tie with Kittelberger for 14th at eight-over par.

St. Leo, the seventh-ranked team in Division II, managed to hold onto the lead after two rounds with a total of 590 (+14). The Lions maintained their advantage thanks to Marie Coors and Amanda Jakobsson who sit atop the leaderboard holding first and second place, respectively . Coors snagged the lead after posting a three-under 69, the lowest of the day, to finish with a 143 (-1) while her teammate sits a stroke behind.

In third place is Zhangcheng Guo from Boston University after she carded a 146 (+2) through two rounds, while Susanin shares fourth with Kelsey Badmae of Elon and Carolin Schart of Stetson.

Also competing for the Big Green as individuals were junior Isabelle Kane and freshman Kristin Soh, both of whom scored two birdies on the day to share a piece of 46th at 16-over par. Soh’s classmate Bethany Burns posted a 14-over 86 as she and sophomore Hana Bradshaw both dropped three strokes in the second day of play.

The final round of the tournament will begin tomorrow morning at the par-72, 5,907-yard course at Victoria Hills Golf Club.