The NCAA DII National championship slipped away from the Limestone Saints on Saturday as Findlay University from Ohio won the Medal-Match Play final.
FIndlay turned out to be giant killers in the championship. The Oilers first knocked off Dallas Baptist, the number one team in the country and followed the quarter final win with a semi-final victory over Barry, the fifth ranked team in NCAA DII and won the title with a win over third ranked Limestone.
The championship completed an amazing run for the Oilers in the spring season. Findlay won eight straight tournaments including the championship in the Great Midwestern Conference , the NCAA DII East Regional and the DII National Championship.
“It’s unbelievable”, said FIndlay’s head coach Dominic Guarnieri. “To do what they did this spring, it’ll never happen again. Eight-for-eight. This is once in a lifetime.,” he said.
The Saint’s were in the championship match until the last hole.
Lena Shilowsky and Taylor Oberparleiter dropped the Saint’s first two matches, but Maria Morales and Stina Wikstrom won the next two matches.
Findlay and Limestone were even with the last match coming to the 18th hole.
Limestone senior Ebba Hellman had built a 3 shot lead over Findlay freshman Erin Mulcahy early in the match.
Mulcahey battled back to tie Hellman on the 15th hole and took a two shot lead after the 16th hole.
Hellman birdied her 17th hole to pull within a shot, but was not able to convert her par putt on the final hole as the Oiler’s first year player wrapped up the championship with a 1-shot victory.
“She’s got so much toughness. but her fight was incredible. She never gave up. I’m super proud of her,” said her coach.
Even with a disappointing outcome in the final this year’s Limestone team made program history.
This was the third straight year the Saints made the Medal-Match Play final and was the first time the team had finished as high as second.
The golf team also became only the second Limestone Women’s team to ever compete in a national championship match.
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