May 2, 2014
NEW YORK – St. John’s senior Harin Lee, who captured the individual crown at the BIG EAST Women’s Golf Championships April 19 at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla., heads up 11 selections named to the All-BIG EAST team, as announced Friday afternoon.
The selections were made by the six head coaches who could not vote for their own student-athletes or themselves.
Joining Lee as a major award winner was Georgetown’s Jenny Xiao as Freshman of the Year, while Seton Hall’s Sara Doell was named Coach of the Year.
Lee captured her second individual title at the championships and first since her freshman year in 2011 when she won the tournament with a 10-over-par 226, three strokes clear of a five-way tie for second place. She led wire to wire, carding back-to-back 74s before holding on with a 78 on the third and final day. Lee started 2013-14 with three top-seven finishes in the fall, including a runner-up showing in the St. John’s Invitational Oct. 7-8 with a 7-over 151. She tied for second at the St. John’s Invitational Oct. 7-8 with a 7-over 151, and also finished in a tie for 10th at the Hoya Women’s Invite March 31-April 1 after rebounding from a 9-over 81 in the first round.
Xiao debuted with a tie for 19th at the William & Mary Invitational from Sept. 15-17 and added another top-25 showing in the Birdies for Breast Cancer event in early October. After a tough start to her spring, she rebounded with a tie for 40th at the Hoya Women’s Invitational before eventually finishing 10th at the BIG EAST Championships. She carded a 76 on day one to sit two strokes behind Lee and hung around the leaderboard the rest of the weekend. She finished with an 18-over 234.
Doell has been the guiding voice for the Pirates since the program joined the Division I varsity ranks four seasons ago, and the hard work came to fruition with this year’s BIG EAST Championship and accompanying NCAA Regional bid. Seton Hall’s fall opened with a tie for second at the Bucknell Invitational in September, and the Pirates picked up another runner-up showing at the Rutgers Invitational in October before winning the Sacred Heart Fall Classic the following week. In the spring, the Pirates never finished worse than sixth and took the BIG EAST crown with a three-day score of 928, holding off late charges from Georgetown, St. John’s and Xavier.
BIG EAST Champion Seton Hall tied with Xavier with three all-conference selections apiece. Doell’s team saw Alison Kruse, Erin McClure and Megan Tenhundfeld named to the team, while Musketeers Ariel McNair, Abigail Smith and Shane Crutchfield were voted to the team from Xavier. Georgetown (Mackenzie Boydston and Patricia Lee) and St. John’s (Lee, Anna Kim) both placed a pair, while Butler’s Jenna Peters rounded out the squad.
Player of the Year
Harin Lee, St. John’s, Sr.
Freshman of the Year
Jenny Xiao, Georgetown
Coach of the Year
Sara Doell, Seton Hall
Jenna Peters, Butler, Jr.
Mackenzie Boydston, Georgetown, So.
Patricia Lee, Georgetown, So.
Harin Lee, St. John’s, Sr.
Anna Kim, St. John’s, So.
Alison Kruse, Seton Hall, Jr.
Erin McClure, Seton Hall, Jr.
Megan Tenhundfeld, Seton Hall, So.
Ariel McNair, Xavier, Sr.
Abigail Smith, Xavier, Jr.
Shane Crutchfield, Xavier, So.