ERIE-The Lady Dragons' golf team followed up their strong start to the 2014 season by finishing first among Region 3 teams and second overall Monday at Downing Golf Course in Erie.
Megan Smoulder shot the day's low round for the second match in a row, this time tying Fort LeBoeuf's Carly Yovich at 42. Rachel Wilson played solid in the two-spot for Warren with a round of 44, Libby Hammond shot a 51, and Abby Cromwell finished at 58.
Warren's team score of 195 matched McDowell to force a tiebreaker scenario between the teams' fifth golfers. Clancy Fyock's round of 61 beat a 66 from McDowell's fifth to give the Lady Dragons first place in the region.
Villa Maria took advantage of playing on its home course to finish first in both Class AA and overall with a score of 177. Warren and McDowell placed second and third overall at 195 followed by Mercyhurst Prep at 198, Union City and Fort LeBoeuf at 209, and Strong Vincent at 305. Meadville and North East did not register team scores.
Trailing Smoulder and Yovich was Lia Fatica (Villa Maria) and Michaela Redinger (independent) at 43 as well as Wilson (Warren) and Annie Ciacchini (Villa Maria) at 44.
"When practice is over I have girls walking to the driving range," said Warren coach Tom Smoulder. "When our bus pulled in today I had some going to the course. Their motivation and effort is driving this team to have some real success. I am extremely proud to be coaching these girls."
Medalists: T1. Megan Smoulder (W) 42, T1. Carly Yovich (FLB) 42, T3. Michaela Redinger (N/A) 43, T3. Lia Fatica (VM) 43, T5. Rachel Wilson (W) 44, T5. Annie Ciacchini (VM) 44.
1. Villa Maria (177): Emily Fessler 45, Annie Ciacchini 44, Lia Fatica 43, Julia Fessler 45, Ali Kloecker 52.
2. Warren (195): Megan Smoulder 42, Rachel Wilson 44, Libby Hammond 51, Clancy Fyock 61, Abby Cromwell 58
3. McDowell (195): Lindsey Swanson 46, Claire Orr 46, Olivia Minichelli 51, Eryn Merosky 66, Tori Berlin 52
4. Mercyhurst Prep (198): Grace Brzozowski 45, Rachel Loringer 49, Alex Wagner 50, Sierra First 54, Nevada First 57
5. Union City (209): Tori Migliaccio 49, Alex Hyer 48, Megan Murphy 55, Olivia Blakeslee 57, Jena Donor 60
6. Fort LeBoeuf (209): Carly Yovich 42, Sydney Worley 50, Allie Ludwig 54, Katie Frontera 63, Paige Proctor 67
7. Strong Vincent (305): Tori Knozel 62, Emily Finke 73, Anne Jung 81, Jennifer Jung 89
X. North East (no score): Tess Briselden 52, Monica Humes 67
X. Meadville (no score): Lily Gunn 59, Michella Pressini 58
The Lady Dragons will have back-to-back matches later in the week as they visit North East on Thursday before taking part in the Hickory Invitational on Friday.