Millsboro, DE – The Mount St. Mary's women's bowling team dropped to 28-8 on the season after day one of Hawk Classic hosted by the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Close matches proved costly for the Mountaineers, who lost three matches against top-25 ranked teams by a combined 36-pins.
Ashley Santos led the way for the Mount with a 19.39 baker frame average. Rebecca Dodson also contributed nicely with an 18.08 baker frame average. Barbara Hawes (19.15 baker frame average) and Erin Burkart (19.00 baker frame average) provided nice help coming off the bench.
Mount St. Mary's: 941
St. Francis Brooklyn: 912
The Mount started on a winning note against NEC foe St. Francis Brooklyn in comeback fashion. After being down 38-pins after the first two games, the Mount put together a 200-181 and 191-133 advantage to hold onto the victory after game five.
Mount St. Mary's: 794
#19 LIU Brooklyn: 816
This time around, the comeback would be against the Mountaineers, who could not could hold onto a 70-pin advantage with two games remaining against the Blackbirds. LIU took games four and five by 53-pin and 29-pin advantages to complete the comeback.
Mount St. Mary's: 921
#7 Maryland Eastern Shore: 928
In a match that came down to the final frame, the Mount fell just short of defeating #7 nationally-ranked MDES. Heading into the tenth frame, a combination of a pocket ten-pin from the Mount and a clutch double from the host team ended up being the difference maker.
Mount St. Mary's: 853
#23 Monmouth: 860
For the third match in a row, the Mount would fall on the short end of a match that came down to the final frame. This time around, a tenth frame that saw the Mount open and Monmouth mark would be the difference maker.
Mount St. Mary's: 896
Coppin State: 964
Any other match of the day and the Mount's 896 would have got the win against Coppin State, but the Eagles turned it up a notch and pulled out their best set of the day with a 964. The 964 set by Coppin State was the highest total the Mountaineers faced all day.
"Three shots go our way and we are sitting here at 4-1 with smiles on our faces," said Head Coach Kenneth DeGraaf. "That is the beauty of the game, every shot counts. Although we fell victim to some unfortunate carry in crucial situations, we know those are not the shots that cost us the match. Missed opportunities earlier on in each of those three middle matches are the ones we wish we could have back. Tomorrow is a new day and we will have additional opportunities to earn big wins for our program against ranked competition."
The Mountaineers will resume competition tomorrow at 10 a.m. against #11 nationally-ranked North Carolina A&T followed by #1 Vanderbilt (defending NCAA national champions), Youngstown State, #4 Sam Houston, and a position round match. The action can be caught live on the team's Facebook page.