The Northern Arizona women's golf team is in a tie for first place on the team leaderboard after the conclusion of the first round of the NM State Aggie Invitational in Las Cruces, N.M.
The Lumberjacks ended the day at 8-over 296 to tie with host New Mexico State University. UTEP (+12, 300), Southern Utah (+14, 302) and California Baptist/South Dakota State (+17, 305) round out the top five.
Elle Kocourkova led NAU through day one in Las Cruces. In the opening round, Kocourkova carded four birdies to finish 2-under (70). The sophomore is in a four-way tie for first with Teresa Toscano of South Dakota State, Chanikan (Pluem) Yongtuan of Southern Utah and Audrey Haddad of UTEP.
Senior Emma Reyes also had a solid outing in the first round. Reyes finished 2-over through the first 18 holes, collecting birdies on hole No. 7 and Hole No. 14. Reyes is tied for eighth on the player leaderboard entering the second round of the Invite.
Sophomore Ashley Croft was 3-over (75) putting her in a seven-way tie for 11th place. Croft shot for birdie on Hole No. 13. Sophomore Aleksandra Chekalina had a 5-over (77) performance and is currently tied for 28th. Senior Morgan Messick rounded out the scoring for the Jacks and is tied for 63rd (+8, 80).
The second round of play will begin with a shotgun start on Tuesday at 7 a.m. The third and final round will be played on Wednesday.
Northern Arizona senior Chiara Tomasetti will open play at the Saint Francis Health System ITA All-American Championships on Wednesday in Tulsa, Okla. where she will be a part of a star-studded field. Tomasetti, currently ranked No. 71 in the country, was selected for the women's singles main draw, which will feature nine of the top 10 players in the Oracle ITA Preseason National Rankings.
"Chiara showed us at (the Oracle ITA Masters) that she's up there with the best players in the country," said head coach Ewa Bogusz. "She's going straight to the main draw where she belongs and we're excited to see her compete in high-level action again."
The ITA All-American Championships is currently in the qualifying draw as of Monday with the main draw slated to start on Wednesday. Play will continue at the Case Tennis Center at Lafortune Park in Tulsa until the quarterfinal round, where it will be moved to the University of Tulsa campus through the finals.
Tomasetti will be making her third appearance at the ITA All-American Championships, but first with an automatic selection to the main draw. Last season, Tomasetti went 1-1 in singles play in the pre-qualifying draw.
The Roesrath, Germany native is 6-1 this fall in singles play and is coming off a 1-1 showing at the Oracle ITA Masters on Sept. 26-27. Tomasetti notched a 6-4, 6-4 victory over No. 63 Iuliia Bryzgalova of Penn. Tomasetti opened the fall by winning her draw at the ITA Bedford Cup in the Mountains in early September.
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Northern Arizona junior kicker Luis Aguilar has been honored as the Big Sky ROOT SPORTS Special Teams Player of the Week, conference officials announced on Monday.
Aguilar blasted a career-long 57-yard field goal in the Lumberjacks' 41-23 victory over Northern Colorado this past Saturday, which marked the longest connection by an NAU kicker since 2000. The kick also ranks as the longest make by any FCS player this season.
He also drilled a 31-yard field goal to remain a perfect 10-for-10 on field goals under 50 yards this season.
The Nogales native made all five extra point attempts in the win over the Bears and is now a perfect 27-of-27 on the year. Aguilar averaged 65.0 yards on seven kickoff attempts in win over Northern Colorado -- all of which went for touchbacks.
The Lumberjacks (3-3, 1-1 Big Sky) will enjoy a bye this week before returning to action with their third road game against a ranked opponent this season at No. 4/5 Weber State on Saturday, Oct. 19 in a 1 p.m. kickoff in Ogden, Utah.
Northern Arizona women's soccer came up short against Portland State (4-9, 3-1 Big Sky) Sunday, losing 1-0.
"It's always very tough to play on the road. I am proud of how our players played with effort and showed they wanted to win the game," head coach Kylie Louw said. "We missed opportunities early to put us in the lead and lost some momentum in the 2nd half. We will feel the loss today and start the week off fresh tomorrow."
Just five minutes before the end of regulation, PSU's Sienna Higinbotham scored the game-winning goal for Portland State.
NAU (5-5-2, 1-1-1 Big Sky) will head home to play the University of Montana on Friday at 7 p.m. and University of Northern Colorado on Sunday at 1 p.m.
The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released its Regional Rankings for Week Four of the 2019 cross country season on Monday morning. The Northern Arizona men's XC team was ranked No. 1 in the Mountain Region for the 26th consecutive week. NAU's women's squad moved from the No. 4 spot to No. 6.
Both men's and women's cross country will return to the course on Oct. 18 for the Nuttcombe Wisconsin Invitational in Madison, Wis., hosted by the University of Wisconsin.