Sinking Spring, Pa. (February 8, 2019) – The No. 19 nationally-ranked Mount St. Mary's women's bowling team placed sixth out of 16 teams at day one of the Golden Bear Classic. The Mount picked up wins over Kutztown and LIU-Post in its 2-3 outing.
Day one of the Golden Bear Classic was scored as its own tournament, while Saturday and Sunday be scored as a separate tournament. Saint Francis U took home the title at Friday night's event with a 4-0 record and a 202.6 average.
#19 Mount St. Mary's: 927
The Mount held a narrow advantage over Wilmington heading into the fifth and final game, but the Wildcats caught fire for a 237-196 advantage to complete a comeback effort.
#19 Mount St. Mary's: 930
The Mount improved to 8-1 over previously-ranked Kutztown this season with a 930-789 win. A 213 in the third game aided the win.
#19 Mount St. Mary's: 1,017
In a rematch of the third-place match at the Red Flash Invitational, the Mountaineers bested the Pioneers in dominating fashion, 1,017-818. A middle three-game combination of 244, 212, and 208 pushed the Mountaineers into a heavy 250-pin advantage entering the final game.
#19 Mount St. Mary's: 868
#24 Adelphi: 958
Similar to the Wilmington match, the Mount entered the final game in a battle with 24th-ranked Adelphi. The Panthers rolled final games of 211 and 248 to the Mount's 190 and 164 to capture the win.
#19 Mount St. Mary's: 807
Chestnut Hill: 907
In the final match of the day, difficulty keeping the ball in play cost the Mount a loss to Chestnut Hill. In another match that came down to game five, Chestnut Hill bested the Mount 202-145.
"I thought today was a prime example of how quick the game of bowling can change on you," said Head Coach Kenneth DeGraaf. "After match three we were on pace for our best scoring outing of the year with a chance to win the tournament. A short eight games later and we were barely hanging onto the sixth spot."
"I think the tough loss to Adelphi ruined our momentum for a little bit and for whatever reason we had a two-game skid against Chestnut Hill where we were not mentally there. We had a short meeting after competition about approaching tomorrow from a different perspective. Despite being all freshmen, it is time for this group to start assuming leadership roles and holding each other accountable. I think that is a challenge they will accept head on tomorrow."
The Mountaineers will enter a brand new tournament tomorrow with all teams starting from scratch. The Mount will play Morgan State, Coppin State, Caldwell, Roberts Wesleyan and New Jersey City University. Competition begins at 9:30 AM and will be streamed live on the team's Facebook page.