WEST BOYLSTON, Mass.- The 2018 New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Championship concluded on Sunday, with Springfield College finishing the weekend with a team score of 615, 39 over-par, to win the title. This is Springfield's third NECC Championship, and its first since 2012. The Pride placed three golfers on the NECC All-Conference team, including the top-two finishers Jake Raichle and Mike Strong. Raichle outdueled his teammate Strong and overcame a one-shot deficit heading into the day to finish atop the leaderboard with a 148.
Elms College overtook Mitchell College for the runner-up spot, shooting a two-day total of 635, 59 over-par. The Blazers were paced by William Marchand, whose second-day round of 74 catapulted him into a fourth-place finish. Teammate Chris Soderberg joined him on the All-Conference team, finishing tied for fifth with a two-day score of 158.
Mitchell College finished in the third place slot with a team score of 643. The Mariners were led by the 2018 Rookie of the Year, Sam Gaboury. Gaboury finished the weekend with a total score of 158, tops among all rookies, and tied for fifth overall.
Eastern Nazarene College finished in fourth place, with a team score of 685. Jacob Waldroop fired a 76 on Sunday to post a 156 for the weekend and earn an All-Conference berth, as he clinched third place in the individual standings.
Dean College rounded out the field with a team score of 725.
Golfer of the Year: Jake Raichle, Springfield College
Rookie of the Year: Sam Gaboury, Mitchell College
Coach of the Year: Joe Eadie, Springfield College
NECC Golf All-Conference Team
Jake Raichle, Springfield College
Mike Strong, Springfield College
Jacob Waldroop, Eastern Nazarene College
William Marchand, Elms College
Sam Gaboury, Mitchell College
Joe Piwowarski, Springfield College
Chris Soderberg, Elms College
Del Malloy All-Sportsmanship Team
Charlie Banks, Dean College
Sam Danis, Eastern Nazarene College
Frankie Murray, Elms College
Mike Izzo, Mitchell College
Michael Strong, Springfield College