Sinking Spring, Pa. (February 24, 2019) – The No. 19 nationally-ranked Mount St. Mary's bowling team broke records on its way to earning the No. 2 seed for the Northeast Conference (NEC) Championships. The Mountaineers averaged a season-high 211 on Sunday, and rolled an impressive 1,175 (235 average) baker set in their last match against St. Francis Brooklyn. The 1,175 mark is the second-highest five-game baker set in the NCAA this season, only one-pin shy of tying the 1,176 by No. 4 Arkansas State earlier in the year.
Freshman Rebecca Dodson led the way for the Mount on Sunday with a remarkable 23.04 baker frame average. Freshmen Danielle Milo and Erin Burkart also had career days with baker frame averages of 22.93 and 22.11, respectively. Freshman Tamera Stanton pitched in with a 19.79 baker frame average.
#19 Mount St. Mary's: 1,029
#17 LIU Brooklyn: 1,028
The Mountaineers completed the NEC sweep of #17 LIU with a narrow 1,029-1,028 comeback win. Down 93 with two games left, the Mount responded with advantages of 222-168 and 219-179 to complete the comeback by a single pin. It came down to the tenth frame, where Dodson delivered all three pocket strikes to secure the one-pin margin.
#19 Mount St. Mary's: 964
#20 Sacred Heart: 992
For the first time in baker play, the Mount had an opponent shoot under 1,000, albeit a high 992 from #20 SHU. It came down to the final two frames of game five, but the combination of a tripped 4-10 strike for SHU and a pocket 10-pin from the Mount proved the 24-pin deficit after four games too costly to overcome.
#19 Mount St. Mary's: 1,175
St. Francis Brooklyn: 927
The Mountaineers showed their potential in the final match of NEC play with a record-breaking 1,175 performance in a win over the Terriers. The 1,175 for five games surpassed the Mount's previous five-game record of 1,045 set back at the Eastern Shore Hawk Classic in November. Only No. 4 Arkansas State has thrown a better five-game baker total all season in the NCAA at 1,176.
With their 2-1 outing, the Mountaineers will have the No. 2 seed at the NEC Championships on March 22-24 at Howell Lanes in Howell, New Jersey. The conference champion will receive an automatic bid to compete in the 12-team field at the NCAA National Championships.
"Although we did not walk away with the one-seed this weekend, we still have that one-seed mindset heading into NEC Championships," said Head Coach Kenneth DeGraaf. "We had a two-game advantage heading into the final six matches over Saint Francis U and both of us averaged 202 over the duration of those matches."
"We just faced teams when they were hot, and vice-versa those same teams cooled off in their matches against SFU. As a result, we went 2-4 and they went 6-0. Unfortunately, these days happen and it happened to us at an inconvenient time. That being said, all records are back to 0-0 for the four-team championship bracket in Howell, and we cannot wait to start preparing. You will not find many teams going 2-4 while averaging a 202. We know we competed hard, scored well, and our confidence is sky high at the right time. Our potential really showed in the final match."
With their 6-6 weekend, the Mountaineers conclude their inaugural regular season with a win-loss record of 76-37 over the course of 113 matches. Prior to NEC Championships, the Mount will compete at the USBC Sectionals Qualifier in Addison, Ill. March 8-10. The top four teams will advance to the 16-team national bracket in April.