Limerick, Pa. (January 19, 2019) – The #19 nationally ranked Mount St. Mary's women's bowling team beat a top-five nationally ranked opponent for the first time in program history at day two of the Kutztown Invitational at Limerick Bowl in Limerick, Pa.
The Mountaineers went 3-2 on the day with wins over #11 North Carolina A&T, Medaille, and #5 Sam Houston State. The two losses came against Long Island-Post and Youngstown State. Freshman Danielle Milo led the way for the Mount with a 1,003 five game total (200.6 average). Freshmen Rebecca Dodson and Tamera Stanton also contributed with five game totals of 947 (189.4 average) and 933 (186.6 average), respectively.
#19 Mount St. Mary's: 979
#11 North Carolina A&T: 963
#19 Mount St. Mary's: 825
Long Island-Post: 865
In a low scoring nail biter, the Mountaineers fell victim to an 865-825 loss at the hands of LIU-Post. In the tenth frame, LIU-Post found a way to strike out with three separate players to hand MSMU their first loss of the day.
#19 Mount St. Mary's: 1,015
#5 Sam Houston State: 892
History was made when the Mount picked up their first ever win against a top-five nationally ranked team by beating #5 Sam Houston State, 1,015-892. It was a great rebound for the Mountaineers, who were led by Milo with a 233 game and Dodson with a 204.
#19 Mount St. Mary's: 912
Another close match saw MSMU come on top over Medaille by a final score of 912-900. It was an even scoring effort, with Dodson and Santos shooting a 196 and 191, respectively. Santos also chipped in with a 185 showing.
#19 Mount St. Mary's: 893
Youngstown State: 940
This time the Mount would come out on the short end of a close match, falling to Youngstown State 940-893. Facing a 100-pin deficit with four frames left, the Mount was able to trim it down to 40 with the final two frames remaining. Unfortunately, better shot making from the Penguins in the set-up frame dropped MSMU to 3-2 on the day.
With the 3-2 showing, the Mountaineers are now 6-4 on the weekend and 44-16 overall in their inaugural season. The team currently sits in 20th place out of 28 teams in the stacked field.
"Today was a roller coaster of a day," said head coach Kenneth DeGraaf. "While wins over #11 North Carolina A&T and #5 Sam Houston are huge for our program, we struggled in other matches. Finding consistency is important for our team of all freshmen to take the next step from being a good team to being a great team."
The Mountaineers will resume play Sunday with three best-of-seven matches starting at 8:00 AM. Round one will be against #16 nationally ranked Sacred Heart, with the winner playing the loser of #21 Adelphi and #23 Duquene before one final round. The Mount can finish as high as 16th place in the stack field to conclude competition.