Hamilton Township, N.J. (March 22, 2019) – The No. 19 nationally ranked Mount St. Mary's women's bowling team will face Saint Francis U tomorrow morning in a Northeast Conference Championship elimination match. The Mount entered Friday as the two seed in the double elimination tournament. A loss to the three seed Sacred Heart Pioneers sets up the meeting with the Flash, whom lost to the four seed Fairleigh Dickinson.
The opening leg of the mega match was extremely close all the way through, with Sacred Heart taking the traditional match by a final score of 1,019-949. The difference in traditional play was three open frames in the tenth for the Mount, compared to three turkeys for Sacred Heart in the same frame. Freshman Rebecca Dodson led the way in traditional with a 205 game. Freshman Tamera Stanton also contributed with a 202.
In the five game baker format, the two teams were neck-and-neck three games in, with the Pioneers leading the Mountaineers by a slim 610-596 advantage. Sacred Heart then caught fire in game four with a 233 and never looked back to take the mega match 2-0 and avoid the best-of-seven tiebreaker. In baker play, Freshman Ashley Santos paced the Mount with a 20.33 baker frame average. Stanton and Dodson also contributed with baker frame averages of 18.86 and 18.67, respectively.
"In the regular season, sometimes you just have to tip your cap to a team that is on fire and move on to the next match," said head coach Kenneth DeGraaf. "Being the post-season, however, we no longer have that luxury. We might have been the second highest scoring team today out of the four in attendance, but the problem is we played the top team. In these post-season events, we just have to find a way to be better than the team across from us. Sacred Heart was better than we were today and deserves to move up in bracket. We will regroup and be better prepared for tomorrow morning's elimination match with Saint Francis."