CONOVER, N.C. -- No. 1 Nova Southeastern University used a torrid back nine to shoot 5-under as a squad and hold a four-stroke lead atop the 20-team field after the first day of stroke play at the 2015 NCAA DII Championships at Rock Barn Golf and Spa.
 
The Sharks' quintet were all even or better after the turn, 7-under counting towards the team score, with 15 birdies on those nine holes alone (and 21 during the course of the day). Three of the team's five are ranked in the top six on the individual leaderboard.
 

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Richard Mansell was a model of consistency on Monday, carding 15 pars, plus birdies on holes 11, 12 and 13, for a 3-under total and second-place showing. Not to be outdone, Oscar Lengdèn had four birdies en route to a 3-under 68 to tie Mansell for second place, while Santiago Gomez is two strokes behind his two teammates after a six-birdie round (four consecutive coming on 12-15), and his 1-under 70 places him sixth.
 
Ethan Marcus was 1-under on the back and had five birdies among a 2-over 73 score to round out the Sharks' 279 total. Priyanshu Singh was even on the back to finish at 76, and like Marcus, he finished with birdies on each of his last two holes on Monday.
 
The Sharks are four ahead of Lynn, the only other team in the red after round one with a 1-under par 283. USC-Aiken is in third place at even, while Central Missouri and Central Oklahoma are 3-over in a tie for fourth. Individually, the only golfer slotting ahead of Lengdèn and Mansell is Sam Migdal of Central Missouri, with a 5-under 66. Tying for fourth, each at 2-under, is Patrick Skakel of UC-Colorado Springs and USC-Aiken's Hubert Tisserand, while Gomez is in a crowded group of 15 that all shot 70.
 
The Shark group will be part of the afternoon start during Tuesday's second round, with Marcus at Noon ET, followed every 11 minutes by teammates Singh, Lengdèn, Gomez and Mansell, respectively.