Sinking Spring, Pa. (February 22, 2019) – The No. 19 Mount St. Mary's women's bowling team remains atop the Northeast Conference (NEC) regular season standings following a 3-2 opening day at the second and final conference meet. The Mountaineers own the top spot by a two-game advantage.
Freshman Rebecca Dodson led the way with a 195.80 five-game traditional average, followed by freshman Kayla Durbala with a four-game traditional average of 191.0. Freshmen Danielle Milo and Ashley Santos also pitched in with traditional averages of 183.0 and 180.33, respectively.
#19 Mount St. Mary's: 936
#11 Saint Francis U: 915
In a match that was close throughout its entirety, the Mount came out on top with a 936-915 win over #11 nationally-ranked SFU. Dodson came up big in the anchor position, leading the team with a 247 game and the first strike in the tenth frame to secure the win.
#19 Mount St. Mary's: 937
#23 Duquesne: 949
The Dukes handed the Mountaineers their first conference loss of the season by a mere 12 pins in the second match of the day. Duquesne got a huge lift from its anchor position with a 257 game. The loss dropped the Mount to 1-1 on the day and 7-1 in conference play.
#19 Mount St. Mary's: 833
#20 Sacred Heart: 906
Early opens cost the Mountaineers their second conference defeat of the season at the hands of SHU. Durbala led the team with a 201 game. The loss dropped the Mountaineers to 7-2 in conference play, but they still sat one game ahead of Duquesne.
#19 Mount St. Mary's: 839
#17 LIU Brooklyn: 771
On a rough transition pair, the Mountaineers defeated the Blackbirds in a low-scoring affair. Durbala led the Mount once again with a 194 game. The win improved the Mount's NEC record to 8-2 and saw its conference lead jump back to a two-game advantage.
#19 Mount St. Mary's: 988
#8 Fairleigh Dickinson: 976
Another nail bitter match saw the Mount pull out a 988-976 win over #8 nationally-ranked Fairleigh Dickinson. A strong start and finish was key for the Mountaineers, with Dodson leading the way with a 225 while once again throwing the first strike in the tenth to secure the victory. Santos also chipped in with a 211.
"Today was a prime example of why the NEC is so tough," said Head Coach Kenneth DeGraaf. "Every team in this conference is so good and every match today came down to the final frame. The difference today was the fact that we have eight freshmen that never act as if they are freshmen. They made big shots in pressure situations as if they were seniors bowling in their last conference event. If we can keep up this shot-making ability for two more days, I am confident we will head back to Emmitsburg satisfied with this weekend."
The Mountaineers will play one more traditional match against St. Francis Brooklyn to begin tomorrow before having the bye round. Competition will then resume by playing each team in the conference one more time in a five-game baker match.
NEC Standings after NEC #2 Day One
- #19 Mount St. Mary's (9-2)
- #11 Saint Francis U (7-4)
- #23 Duquesne (6-4)
- #20 Sacred Heart (5-5)
- #17 LIU Brooklyn (4-6)
- St. Francis Brooklyn (3-7)
- #8 Fairleigh Dickinson (2-8)