EGG TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Sage Smith (Denver, Colo./Brophy) finished second to lead the Mount St. Mary's men's golf team to a second-place standing at the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships on Saturday.
Smith posted a 77 in the first round and then notched a personal-best round of 68 in the final round to finish one stroke over with a 145, five strokes behind the medalist. It was the senior's fifth round of par or better in his career and first since the Rehoboth Beach Invitational on Sept. 28, 2009. Smith is the first Mount golfer to record a score under 70 since former teammate Jeff Kingsbury carded a 69 in the first round of the Northeast Conference Championships on May 2, 2008.
Boston College won the event with a two-round score of 598, nine strokes ahead of the Mount (605) while Fairfield (612), Saint Peter's (617) and Monmouth (618) rounded out the Top-5 teams in the 10-team field. The Mountaineers shot a 310 in the first round a season-best 295 in the second round for its 605 total. It was the squad's best finish in an event since winning the Mount St. Mary's Fall Invitational in 2007.
Dan Michalek (Mount Airy, Md./Georgetown Prep) and Devin O'Grady (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) each finished 13th with a score of 155 while Ray Hyre (Bowie, Md./Bowie) (23rd place, 157) and Kevin Ellison (Harrisburg, Pa./Bishop McDevitt) (28th place, 161) rounded out the Mount's competitors.
Mount St. Mary's returns to action at the Holiday Inn Colonial Classic on Oct. 11-12.