Sinking Spring, Pa. (February 10, 2019) – The No. 19 Mount St. Mary's women's bowling team placed third out of sixteen teams at the Golden Bear Classic at Berks Lanes. Including the Red Flash Invitational two weeks ago, this marks the second consecutive trophy finish for the Mountaineers.
The Mount went 2-1 on the day with wins over #23 nationally-ranked Duquesne and Caldwell. The lone loss came in a close match to #17 LIU Brooklyn that came down to the final frame.
#19 Mount St. Mary's: 4 (227-220-195-162-180-226-213)
#23 Duquesne: 3 (158-232-154-208-225-158-191)
After falling behind 3-2 to #23 Duquesne, the Mount responded with positive margins of 226-158 and 213-191 to secure the comeback victory. With the win, the Mount moved onto the semi-finals to play the loser of #17 LIU Brooklyn and #24 Adelphi.
#19 Mount St. Mary's: 3 (206-185-165-180-200-202-173)
#17 LIU-Brooklyn: 4 (157-203-217-216-146-192-177)
This time around, the Mountaineers comeback bid would fall short to #17 LIU Brooklyn. After falling behind 3-1, the Mount took the next two games to even it up at 3-3. It came down to the final frame of game seven, where a strike would have advanced the Mount to the championship. Dodson threw a shot worthy of striking, but a tough luck ten-pin leave would be the difference in the Mount moving back down in the bracket.
#19 Mount St. Mary's: 4 (165-204-180-176-194-222)
Caldwell: 2 (218-181-184-171-182-173)
The Mount would avoid game seven this time around, defeating a red-hot Caldwell team coming fresh off two victories over #11 Saint Francis U and #23 Duquesne. Close fourth and fifth games were the turning point in the match, with the Mount coming up big in the final frames to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 lead. The Mountaineers never looked back in game six with a 222.
"From a scoring perspective, this was our best day of the season," said Head Coach Kenneth DeGraaf. "I thought everyone played a large role today. Ashley was automatic on the fresh. Danielle and Rebecca were on fire all day long. Barbara was strong on fresh, and when she started to struggle Kayla came right in and gave us a 200 pace. Tamera cleaned frames in the three hole. Those on the bench stayed high energy all day."
"This was our most complete team outing of the season. We can say 'what if' when it comes to the heartbreaking ten-pin in the LIU match, but it really comes down to mimicking today's performance in qualifying so we do not have to climb the ladder on championship Sunday."
The Mountaineers will be back in action next weekend at the James Brown Invitational hosted by Morgan State University. The event will take place February 15-17 at AMF Towson Lanes in Towson, Maryland.