Friday, November 16 – Sunday, November 18
Millsboro, Delaware | Millsboro Lanes
Host: Maryland Eastern Shore
All three days will be streamed live on the Mount Bowling Facebook account.
Friday – (5) five-game baker matches
Saturday – (5) traditional matches
Sunday – (3) best-of-seven baker bracket matches
The Hawk Invite will have 18 teams in the field including 13 teams in the top-25 and six teams in the top-10 national rankings. The teams in attendance include: Mount St. Mary's, #1 Vanderbilt (defending national champion), #4 Sam Houston State (national semi-finalist last year), #7 Maryland Eastern-Shore (tournament host), #8 Delaware State University, #9 Fairleigh Dickinson, #10 Tulane, #11 North Carolina A&T, #12 Sacred Heart, #14 Lincoln-Memorial, #19 LIU-Brooklyn, #20 Duquesne, #23 Monmouth, #24 Kutztown, Caldwell, Duquesne, St. Francis Brooklyn, Youngstown State.
The Mountaineers are coming off a fourth-place finish at the Virginia Union Invite on November 4. Mount St. Mary's went a perfect 4-0 on the opening day of the tournament, knocking off Bowie State, Fayetteville State, Coppin State, and Norfolk State. Tamera Stanton led the way for Mount St. Mary's with an 18.22 baker frame average on day one.
On the second day of the tournament, the Mount posted a 5-0 record to remain a perfect 9-0 tournament overall and with the 1,008 set against Morgan State in match five, the Mountaineers were only the second team to shoot over 1,000 all tournament. The Mountaineers topped Felician, Virginia State, Howard, the host of the tournament, Virginia Union, and Morgan State. Danielle Milo led the way for Mount St. Mary's with a 192.0 average, highlighted by games of 224 in the first match against Felician and 213 in the last match against Morgan State.
On the final day of the tournament, Danielle Milo earned All-Tournament Team honors as Mount bowling improved to 27-4 on the year after the Virginia Union Invite. The Mountaineers posted 10-2 record and finished fourth after day three of the VUU invite on Sunday. Milo led the team Saturday with a 192.0 traditional average, and she became the fourth Mountaineer to receive all-tournament team honors in three different tournament weekends. In round one, Mount St. Mary's lost to #12 Sacred Heart 4-2 in a best-of-seven match. In round two, the Mount put together its best games of the day to beat St. Francis Brooklyn 4-1. After the win over the Terriers, that placed the Mountaineers against #12 Sacred Heart again. The second match against the Pioneers saw Mount St. Mary's take them the distance, but were edged by SHU in game seven by a narrow 15-pins margin in an intense match that came down to the last frame.
The Mount's inaugural team is comprised of nine freshmen from eight different states. Erin Burkart (Marrero, La.), Haley Buser (Birdsboro, Pa.), Rebecca Dodson (Panama City, Fla.), Kayla Durbala (Gaithersburg, Md.), Barbara Hawes (Flint, Mich.), Emily Mele (Wall, N.J.), Danielle Milo (Orchard Park, N.Y.), Ashley Santos (Fresno, Calif.) and Tamera Stanton(Baltimore, Md.) make up the Mount's first-year squad.
AT THE HELM
DeGraaf was announced as the head coach to lead the first-ever Mount women's bowling team in February of this year. He came the Mount following a stint as the assistant women's bowling coach at fellow Northeast Conference member Saint Francis U, where he helped lead SFU to a 75-47 overall record in 2016-17 as the Red Flash reached the national rankings.
During his collegiate bowling days, DeGraaf was a two-time team captain at Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan. DeGraaf earned Siena Heights Male Bowler of the Year honors and captured two individual titles during his career, as he became the first male bowler in school history to place first individually. DeGraaf also earned Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference All-Academic Team and National Ten-Pin Coaches Association Academic All-American honors each year from 2013-16.
The Mount St. Mary's women's bowling team will begin conference play with the NEC Jamboree in Mechanicsburg, Pa. on December 1-2.