UMSL Tritons weekly rewind
Fifth-year senior Emma Thorngren was crowned medalist at the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championship in Fishers, Indiana.
She became the program’s first individual champion since 2011 while posting her third victory of the season and the fifth of her career. Thorngren finished with a total of 224 (73-76-75) in the 54-hole tournament to win by one stroke.
“This means a lot, and I’m still kind of speechless,” Thorngren said. “I’m just very thankful I was able to come back and play for a fifth year as well as to be able to come back from an injury in the fall. Being able to be out there playing and being able to be around my teammates and coaches and so many other great people has been an amazing feeling. There was a time in the fall when I didn’t know if I’d ever get better, so this means everything to be back out here competing and doing what I love.”
As a team, the Tritons finished runner-up to nine-time defending champion Indianapolis. UMSL will officially learn of its NCAA bid on Monday. The NCAA East Regional will be held May 3-5 at Prairie View Golf Club in Indianapolis.
The Tritons advanced to GLVC match play for the seventh straight year at the league’s championships, but lost a 3.5-1.5 decision to eventual champion Maryville in the semifinals. They finished third in stroke play and were led by senior Chris Ferris, who tied for third with a 217 (69-72-76), finishing two strokes behind medalist Carl Miltun of Missouri S&T. Sophomore Juan Antonio Padilla was fifth with a 218 (73-71-74). UMSL received a bid to the NCAA Regional Tournament for eighth straight year and ninth time in the past 10 years. The Tritons will be making their 15th postseason appearance overall when they join 15 other teams competing in the Midwest/Central Regional May 6-8 at the Shoal Creek Golf Club in Kansas City, Missouri.
UMSL lost a 2-1 double overtime game at Lewis in the GLVC Tournament quarterfinals. After Lewis took a 1-0 lead 12 minutes in, junior Garrett Bass scored the equalizer in the 23rd minute. The deadlock would hold until 85 seconds into the second OT when the Flyers netted the game-winner. UMSL finished its season 7-5-3.
The Tritons picked up 7-0 road wins at William Jewell and Rockhurst last weekend. Freshman Anna Domingo ran her singles win streak to 10 matches with two victories at No. 5. UMSL will close out the regular-season at home against Lindenwood on Tuesday before opening play in the GLVC Tournament on Friday in Romeoville, Illinois.
UMSL lost a narrow 4-3 decision at NCAA DI Saint Louis midweek but returned to win at William Jewell 7-0 and Rockhurst 6-1 in GLVC play. Freshman Marcos Navas won all three of his singles matches at No. 3. The Tritons will face Lindenwood at home in the final regular-season match and will begin play in the GLVC Tournament on Friday in Romeoville, Illinois.
UMSL took both games at Lindenwood last Saturday. The Tritons scored four unanswered to erase a 3-0 deficit in the 4-3 Game 1 winner before taking the nightcap 2-1. Freshman Maddie Snemis recorded four hits on the day while sophomore Jenna Towle picked up the win in the opener with 4 2/3 scoreless innings in relief. She faced 17 batters and allowed just one hit and two walks. The Tritons play doubleheaders at McKendree on Saturday and Southern Indiana on Sunday.
The men’s and women’s track teams returned to the track on Saturday at the Dick Cochran Classic, hosted by Lindenwod, with freshman Kayley Heeter finishing seventh in the 1500-meter run to highlight action for the Tritons. UMSL will compete in the GLVC Championship May 6-8 in Rolla, Missouri.
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