Xavier Trio Picks Up BIG EAST Women's Golf All-Conference Honors
May 2, 2014
CINCINNATI - Senior Ariel McNair (Aurora, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit), junior Abby Smith (Frankfort, Ky./Franklin County High School) and sophomore Shane Crutchfield (St. Petersburg, Fla./St. Petersburg) were three of 11 golfers named to the 2013-14 All-BIG EAST Women's Golf Team, selected by a vote of league head coaches. The All-BIG EAST team was announced by the conference office on Friday, May 2.
Joining McNair, Smith and Crutchfield on the all-conference squad were Jenna Peters of Butler, Mackenzie Boydston and Patricia Lee of Georgetown, Harin Lee and Anna Kim of St. John's and Alison Kruse, Erin McClure and Megan Tenhundfeld of Seton Hall. Lee was selected as the BIG EAST Player of the Year, while Jenny Xiao of Georgetown was named league Freshman of the Year. Seton Hall's Sara Doell was tabbed as BIG EAST Coach of the Year.
McNair finished in seventh place at the recent BIG EAST Women's Golf Championship in Daytona Beach, Fla. She earned a spot on the leader board with an 80 in the opening round of the tournament and then carded an 84 in the second round. The fourth-year XU player carded the low round of the event with a 69 in the third and final round, which included four birdies and one bogey, and finished with a 54-hole total of 230, just one shot out of second place.
A native of Aurora, Ohio, McNair was XU's leading scorer in 2013-14. She finished her senior season with a 75.40 scoring average, compiled over 30 rounds in 11 events. She posted five top-10 finishes, including two in the top-5. Her best finish came at the Red Rocks Invite, where she tied for second place with a two-round score of 142 (72-70; -2) as the Blue and White recorded a team score of 588 (299-289) to take the team title at the Oak Creek Country Club.
Smith took 11th place at the 2014 BIG EAST Women's Golf Championship. She opened the event with an 84 in the 1st round and then carded her best score of the event with a three-over 75 in the second round. The junior finished with a 76 on day three and registered a 54-hole total of 235.
A native of Frankfort, Ky., Smith wrapped up her junior season with a 76.48 scoring average, compiled over 27 rounds in 10 events. She posted seven top-20 finishes, including two in the top-5. Her best finish came at the Colonel Classic, where she tied for fourth place with a two-round score of 155 (79-76; +11).
Crutchfield finished in 12th place at the BIG EAST Women's Golf Championship. She carded a nine-over 81 on day one and then tallied her best score of the event with a four-over 76 in the second round. She concluded the season finale with a 79 in the third and final round and recorded a three-day total of 236.
A native of St. Petersburg, Fla., Crutchfield finished her sophomore campaign with a 76.13 scoring average, compiled over 30 rounds in 11 events. She posted four top-10 finishes, including two in the top-5. Her best finish came at the Rio Verde Invite, where she took second place with a three-round score of 221 (73-75-73) to lead the Musketeers to the team title.
Player of the Year
Freshman of the Year
Coach of the Year