October 13, 2019 (Sinking Spring, Pa.) - Paced by multiple record breaking performances and a trio of top ten finishers, the No. 21 Mount St. Mary's bowling team finished 2nd in total pinfall with a 4-1 on the individual portion of the Bud Whitman Memorial at Berks Lanes. The Mountaineers completed the day with a pinfall of 5,034 - 15 shy of the victory.
Rebecca Dodson (Panama City, Fla.) was the individual runner-up with an average of 214.4 over the five games. Backed by a program high 276 showing in game four, Tamera Stanton (Baltimore, Md.) tied for fourth with a 210.8 average, and Ashley Santos (Fresno, Calif.) earned a 206 average to take ninth place. Both Stanton and Dodson were named to the All-Tournament Team. Stanton was also recognized as an All-Tournament team member at the Bud Whitman Bakers Saturday.
Additional contributors for the Mount included Danielle Milo (Orchard Park, N.Y.) with a 991 total (198.2 average). Sophomores Kayla Durbala (Gaithersburg, Md.) and Barbara Hawes (Flint, Mich.) were the other two players in the rotation for the Mount, making several big shots in the two position.
#21 MSMU 948 | Chestnut Hill 877
The Mount grinded out a decent 948 set on tighter fresh conditions to get the win over tournament host Chestnut Hill. Dodson led the way with a 226 game.
#21 MSMU 950 | #20 Duquesne 986
The lone loss of the day for the Mountaineers would come against the Dukes of Duquesne. The match was tight all the way thru, but the Mount could never overcome the early strings from their opposition. Santos led the Mount with a 213 and Dodson pitched in with a 208.
# 21 MSMU 1,039 | #23 Adelphi 952
MSMU made sure they were on the winning end of their matches with ranked opponents, defeating the Adelphi Panthers 1,039-950 to go 2-1 against nationally ranked teams on the weekend. Dodson (244), Santos (234), and Stanton (216) were key in the winning effort.
21 MSMU 1,107 | Bloomfield 808
The Mountaineers broke two program records in their near 300-pin landslide victory over the Bloomfield Bears. Tamera Stanton rolled the highest individual game in the program's young history with a 276. Additionally, the 1,107 total pin-fall is the highest traditional set in program history. Santo (234), Milo (232), and Dodson (205) contributed nicely in the win.
#21 MSMU 990 | Wilmington 961
Wilmington pushed the Mount all the way to the final frame, but key strings in frames eight thru ten proved enough for a narrow 990-961 win over the Wildcats. Stanton led the way with a 222 game followed by Milo with a 209. After being 130-pins out of first following their loss to Duquesne, the Mountaineers nearly completed the comeback placing second behind the Dukes in total pin-fall by a mere 15-pins.
"Anytime you can get multiple record breaking performances in a single day, you know things are going well," said head coach Kenneth DeGraaf. "The traditional format proved to be our weakest in our inaugural season and we have worked effortlessly to change that narrative for 2019-20. I think our output today is reflective of that hard work. We look forward to improving further over the next few days leading up to our home tournament."
After one weekend of competition, the Mountaineers currently sit at 8-2 on the young season. The team will be back in action next weekend, Oct. 19-20 as they host the Second Annual Mount Shootout at Terrace Lanes in Frederick, Md. Competition will begin Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Eastern.