Lillie finishes sixth

James Lillie  2012 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
James Lillie 2012 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

ABBOTTSTOWN, Pa. – James Lillie (Garret Park, Md./Walter Johnson) posted a two-round score of 153 to finish sixth overall and lead McDaniel to a third-place finish at its own spring invitational in men's golf action on Saturday and Sunday.

The Green Terror bounced back with a round of 306 on Sunday after sitting sixth with a first-round score of 314. In rainy conditions on Sunday, the squad was one of just five teams at the 13-team invitational to improve its score from Saturday to Sunday, finishing with a 620 for the 36 holes and the best score among the Centennial Conference teams in the field.

St. John Fisher overcame a one-shot deficit on day one to win the title with a 608 (303-305). New York University was second with a 616 (302-314).

Lillie carded a 77 on Saturday and 76 on Sunday to finish tied for sixth, outdueling his teammate Cody Mewhirter (Hampstead, Md./North Carroll) by one shot. Mewhirter matched Lillie with a 76 on Sunday but posted a round of 78 on Saturday to finish with a score of 154 and tied for eighth.

Alex Kane (Danvers, Mass./Masconomet Regional) was the only other McDaniel golfer to finish with two rounds in the 70s. Kane posted a 77 on Saturday before carding a 79 in the second round to finish with a 156 and tied for 14th.

Alex Matos (Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side) turned in the lowest Green Terror round for the tournament, registering a 75 on Sunday after posting an 83 in the first round. He finished with a 158 to place 20th.

Steven Tanen (Laurel Hallow, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) rounded out the five playing as part of the team with a score of 172 (82-90) to finish 53rd.

Logan Connaughton (Matawan, N.J./Matawan Regional) posted a score of 163 as an individual, scoring a 78 on Saturday and 85 on Sunday.

Kyle Chittim (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck) and Tim LaSarso Jr. (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury) rounded out a trio of McDaniel individual players. Chittim posted a score of 169 (86-83) while LaSarso carded a 36-hole total of 171 (79-92).

The Green Terror returns to action at The Hershey Cup at Hershey Country Club on Sunday and Monday. Tee time is 9 a.m. both days.

Team Scores: 1. St. John Fisher 608 (303-305), 2. New York University 616 (302-314), 3. McDaniel 620 (314-306), 4. Franklin & Marshall 629 (309-320), 5. Washington & Jefferson 634 (308-326), 6. SUNY Delhi 641 (317-324), 7. Gettysburg 642 (321-321), 8. Swarthmore 650 (335-315), 9T. Stevens 661 (332-329), 9T. Susquehanna 661 (319-342), 11. Wesley 667 (338-329), 12. Elmira 671 (334-337), 13. Nazareth 692 (357-335), -. Rochester 308-wd.

McDaniel Results: 6T. James Lillie 153 (77-76), 8T. Cody Mewhirter 154 (78-76), 14T. Alex Kane 156 (77-79), 20T. Alex Matos 158 (83-75), 53. Steven Tanen 172 (82-90).

McDaniel Individuals: 31T. Logan Connaughton 163 (78-85), 48T. Kyle Chittim 169 (86-83), 51T. Tim LaSarso 171 (79-92).