Alibozek in Contention at NAC League Championship at Berkshire Hills

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. --  The opening round of the 2017 North Atlantic Conference Golf Championships were held Sunday afternoon at Berkshire Hills Country Club.
 
After the opening round, the Husson College Eagles sit atop the leaderboard with a cumulative score of 303 and hold a 17-shot advantage over Salem State University.
 
MCLA is in third place after shooting a season best score of 323 paced by Reese Dwyer's 76.  Josh Fortier and Liam Nolan each posted 82's, while Matt Lawrence ended with an 83.
 
The final round of the 36-hole event will begin Monday at 8:30 a.m. The winning team receives the NAC's automatic bid into the 2018 NCAA Division III Golf Championships.
 
Husson's Gavin Dugas led all scorers with a two over par round of 74. Dugas carded three birdies against five bogeys to seize the individual championship lead. His closest competitors are two of his teammates as Daulton Wickenden and Mackenzie Clow each posted 76's and sit two shots back of Dugan.  
 
Salem State's Chad Alibozek of Adams (Hoosac Valley) and Husson's Eric Dugas each shot 77 and are three shots out of the lead heading into round two. 
 
Four players are tied with 79s heading into the final round of play.
 
Women’s Tennis
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The MCLA women's tennis team dropped its season finale to visiting St. Joseph (Conn.) by a score of 8-1 Saturday afternoon. 
 
The march marked the final contest in the career of Mariza Sfakianaki, Ashley Juskhas, and Katherine Grill.
 
USJ had to work hard, but ultimately took a 3-0 lead after doubles play. Lucy Roberge and Leah Nguyen defeated Sfakianaki of Williamstown and Sam Gawron, 9-7, to earn the first doubles point. Catherine Baum and Ashley Savino then handled Briana Higgins and Juskhas 8-6 to take a 2-0 lead. Domonique Carnot and Emily McAllister defeated Lauren Kexel and Grill heading into singles play with a 3-0 lead.
 
The Blue Jays took five of the six singles matches, including the last four in convincing fashion.  The top two singles matches were hotly contested however. Roberge outlasted Sfakianaki in the top slot as she was victorious 6-7, 6-4, 10-7.
 
Gawron would earn the lone point for MCLA (4-7) collecting a 6-0, 6-3 win in the second slot.
 
Men’s Cross Country
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- The MCLA men's cross country team finished in sixth place out of a field of 14 teams competing Saturday afternoon in the Western New England Invitational. The meet was won by UMass Dartmouth.
 
Jeremiah Jones continued his solid fall with a 17th place finish to lead the Trailblazers. Avery Woodbury finished in 23rd place in the 8-kilometer run to help the team to their strong finish.
 
Christopher Gamble ended the race in 29th place while Corey Powers, Owen Fitzgerald, Joshua Richards, and Paul Davila also competed.
 
The Trailblazers are back at it in two weeks at the MASCAC championships hosted by Westfield State University.
 
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