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FGCU men’s golf team earns top-10 finish

September 29, 2017
Special to The Breeze , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

On the strength of a top-10 showing by Andrew Potter and team-low final round by freshman DJ Griffiths, the FGCU men's golf team wrapped up George Mason's Patriot Intercol-legiate Tuesday at Chantilly National Golf and Country Club in a tie for second place out of 16 teams.

FGCU finished the tournament with a three-round 876 (+12) total, just three shots behind champion Appalachian State (873, +9).

The Eagles and Mountaineers entered the final round tied and just five shots behind overnight leader Delaware, but the Blue Hens recorded a final-round 298 compared with FGCU's 293 and App State's 290 and concluded the event tied with the Green and Blue.

Potter paced the Eagles by finishing in a tie for 6th place overall at +1 after rounds of 69-71-77 (217). After making eight birdies over his first two rounds on Monday, the junior was able to record just one during Tuesday's final round, but still posted the second-best performance (in terms of finish) of his career.

Making his collegiate tournament debut, Griffiths made the third-biggest jump in the 95-player field on Tuesday, climbing 17 spots from a tie for 35th following 2nd-round action to a tie for 18th on the heels of a 1-under 71 in the final round. Griffiths bounced back from a pair of 75s on Monday with FGCU's only under-par performance Tuesday, closing in a tie for 18th overall (221, +5).

FGCU had three players finish inside the top-20 overall as sophomore Doug Smith tied for 14th after signing for rounds of 74-70-75 (219, +3).

Robert Renner Jr. tied for 33rd overall after shooting three-straight rounds of 75 (225, +9), while Grant Renegar tied for 44th. He bounced back nicely from a tough opening two rounds to record an even-par 72 in the final round.

FGCU will now have nearly a month off from competitive action as the Eagles will next tee it up in Kennesaw State's Pinetree Intercol-legiate Oct. 23-24.

Kilwien named ASUN

Defensive Player of the Week

After helping backstop the FGCU men's soccer team to a pair of shutouts and scoring the game-winning goal over UCF, junior Preston Kilwien has been named the ASUN Defensive Player of the Week, league officials announced Monday.

Kilwien tallied the lone goal in FGCU's 1-0 win over the Knights on Tuesday, and then contributed to another clean sheet in the Eagles' 1-0 victory against Jacksonville in the ASUN opener on Saturday.

Combined, Kilwien and the FGCU backline kept most of the pressure off goalkeeper Connor Gavigan, who needed to make just two saves versus UCF and none opposite JU as the Dolphins were unable to put any of their three shots on frame in an ASUN Championship Final rematch from a season ago.

The honor is the second of Kilwien's career as he previously earned ASUN Defensive Player of the Week accolades on Sept. 14, 2015. He received that recognition after scoring the game-winning goal in the 89th minute of his collegiate debut versus Princeton, lacing a shot from 35 yards out into the upper-corner of the net to earn the No. 3 spot on SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays.

FGCU (3-3-1, 1-0-0 ASUN) is now unbeaten in its last three matches.

FGCU will return to the pitch at North Florida this Saturday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. The Ospreys were predicted to finish 2nd in the ASUN Preseason Poll, but are off to a 1-5-1 start overall and 0-1-0 in league action after falling at home to Stetson Saturday night, 1-0.

FGCU tennis invitational

The FGCU men's tennis team wrapped up play at their annual home invite Sunday. The three-day event saw the Eagles face UNF, FAU, and Barry.

Ezequiel Cerrini led the way for FGCU, going 3-0 in singles play. Felipe Ramirez also won a pair of matches.

Doubles Results

Pierre Montrieul/Daniel Ventura (Barry) def. Austin Bates/Oliver Landert (FGCU) 7-6 (2)

Felipe Ramirez/Javier Fernandez (FGCU) def. Victor Ranier/Martin Gutierrez (Barry) 6-4

Arthur Stefani/Thomas Guy (FAU) def. Oliver Landert/Felipe Ramirez (FGCU) 6-4

Austin Bates/Javier Fernandez (FGCU) def. Alexander Gitin/Ignacio Jimenez (FAU) 6-2

Till Von Winning/Sahil Deshmukh (UNF) def. Oliver Landert/Felipe Escobar (FGCU)

Ezequiel Cerrini/Javier Fernandez (FGCU) def. Nilo Duarte/Alberto De Meo (UNF) 6-4

Singles Results

Pierre Montrieul (Barry) def. Felipe Escobar (FGCU) 6-1, 7-5

Felipe Ramirez (FGCU) def. Daniel Ventura (Barry) 6-1, 6-4

Ezequiel Cerrini (FGCU) def. Victor Ravier (Barry) 6-2, 6-2

Oliver Landert (FGCU) def. Martin Gutierrez (Barry) 6-3, 6-0

Arthur Stefani (FAU) def. Felipe Escobar (FGCU) 7-6 (4), 7-6 (7)

Felipe Ramirez (FGCU) def. Thomas Guy (FAU) 6-1, 6-3

Ezequiel Cerrini (FGCU) def. Alexander Gitin (FAU) 6-2, 6-3

Ignacio Jimenez (FAU) def. Austin Bates (FGCU) 6-4, 6-1

Till Von Winning (UNF) def. Felipe Ramirez (FGCU) 7-5, 6-2

Ezequiel Cerrini (FGCU) def. Sahil Deshmukh (UNF) 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-3

Nilo Duarte (UNF) def. Oliver Landert (FGCU) 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (2)

FGCU women's tennis at Miami Fall?Invite

The FGCU women's tennis team began the fall season at the Miami Fall Invite last weekend. The Eagles faced the likes of Pittsburgh, Miami and Auburn over the weekend.

Sofia Perez led the team with two singles wins and was also involved in two more doubles victories alongside Sofia Blanno. Maja Ornberg produced the biggest win of the weekend, defeating #9 Alizee Michaud of Auburn 7-6, 4-6, 10-6.

Full results from the weekend are:

Doubles Results

Jaeda Daniel/Alizee Michaud (Auburn) def. Bridget Forster/Maja Ornberg (FGCU) 6-1

Alannah Griffin/Madeline Meredith (Auburn) def. Julia Asca/Madison Gallegos (FGCU) 6-4

Mary Katherine Lewis/Caroline Turner (Auburn) def. Laura Falceto Font/Patricia Villar (FGCU) 6-4

Sofia Blanno/Sofia Perez (FGCU) def. Clara Lucas/Natsumi Okamoto (Pittsburgh) 6-2

Ana Madcur/E. Perez-Somarriba (Miami) def. Bridget Forster/Maja Ornberg (FGCU) 6-1

Daniella Roldan/Ulyana Shirokova (Miami) def. Julia Asca/Madison Gallegos (FGCU) 6-1

Laura Falceto Font/Patricia Villar (FGCU) def. Sara Culbertson/Sharon Danquah (Miami) 6-4

Camila Moreno/Luisa Varon (Pittsburgh) def. Sofia Blanno/Sofia Perez (FGCU) 6-4

Bridget Forster/Maja Ornberg (FGCU) def. Jovana Knezevic/Gabriela Rezende (Pittsburgh) 6-3

Julia Asca/Madison Gallegos (FGCU) def. Camila Moreno/Luisa Varon (Pittsburgh) 6-4

Claudia Bartolome/Callie Frey (Pittsburgh) def. Laura Falceto Font/Patricia Vallar (FGCU) 6-3

Sofia Blanno/Sofia Perez (FGCU) def. Clara Lucas/Natsumi Okamoto (Pittsburgh) 6-2

Singles Results

Gabriela Rezende (Pittsburgh) def. Maja Ornberg (FGCU) 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-3)

Luisa Varon (Pittsburgh) def. Julia Asca (FGCU) 2-6, 6-2, 6-3

Bridget Forster (FGCU) def. Jovana Knezevic (Pittsburgh) 6-1, 6-0

Claudia Bartolome (Pittsburgh) def. Patricia Villar (FGCU) 6-2, 6-4

Callie Frey (Pittsburgh) def. Laura Falceto Font (FGCU) 7-6 (7-4), 6-4

Camila Moreno (Pittsburgh) def. Madison Gallegos (FGCU) 6-2, 4-6, 10-6

Sofia Perez (FGCU) def. Clara Lucas (Pittsburgh) 6-2, 6-1

Natsumi Okamoto (Pittsburgh) def. Sofia Blanno (FGCU) 3-6, 6-2, 10-3

Jaeda Daniel (Auburn) def. Bridget Forster (FGCU) 6-2, 6-3

Maja Ornberg (FGCU) def. #9 Alizee Michaud (Auburn) 7-6, 4-6, 10-6

Julia Asca (FGCU) def. Caroline Turner (Auburn) 6-2, 4-6, 10-3

Laura Falceto Font (FGCU) def. Madeline Meredith (Auburn) 2-6, 6-2, 10-4

Sofia Perez (FGCU) def. Natsumi Okamoto 6-4, 6-2

Jovana Knezevic (Pittsburgh) def. Sofia Blanno (FGCU) 7-6, 2-6, 10-6

FGCU soccer teams at Florida's

Mountain Dew Invitational

Competing for the first time in more than three weeks because of Hurricane Irma, the FGCU men's and women's cross country teams had some strong individual performances as the Eagle men posted a 7th-place finish among Division-I teams (8th overall) and the women finished in 14th among D-I programs (20th overall) at Florida's Mountain Dew Invitational Saturday.

On the men's side, FGCU (229 points) came up just seven points shy of 5th place Miami (222). The Green and Blue finished ahead of in-state foes USF (239), FAU (389), FIU (508) and fellow ASUN Conference member Jacksonville (548) among the D-I programs. The FGCU women registered 488 points, just behind ASUN member Stetson (414) and well ahead of Bethune-Cookman (752).

Sophomore Berryhill - who was racing for the first time this year - finished in 8th place overall with a time of 25:14.90, 1:20 ahead of teammate Figueroa who crossed in 26:34.20. That time is his personal low in the 8K, besting his previous performance of 27:19.21 last year at the Upstate Invitational.

Carey Lutzow led the way for the FGCU women for the fifth time in her last six races - bridging last season and this season - as she crossed the finish line 19th overall after clocking a 5K season-best time of 18:34.10.

Both teams will travel to South Bend, Ind., to compete in the Notre Dame Invitational today, Sept. 29, at 4 p.m.



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