NORTHEAST CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP
Friday, March 22 – Sunday, March 24
Hamilton, New Jersey | Hamilton Lanes
SETTING THE SCENE
After vaulting into the national rankings during its inaugural season of competition, the 19th-ranked Mount St. Mary's women's bowling team will look to put an exclamation mark on the season at the Northeast Conference (NEC) Championship this weekend at Hamilton Lanes. The Mountaineers will be one of five teams competing for the NEC title this weekend, with the winner earning a bid to the NCAA National Championship Bracket. All three days of the NEC Championship will be streamed live on NECFrontRow.com.
All five teams to earn a spot in the NEC Championship are ranked among the top-25 in the nation. No. 9 Saint Francis U holds the top-seed entering the tournament, as the Red Flash edged out No. 19 Mount St. Mary's, which took the two-seed. No. 18 Sacred Heart (three-seed), No. 22 Duquesne (four-seed) and No. 8 Fairleigh Dickinson (five-seed) round out the field.
Four-seed Duquesne and five-seed Fairleigh Dickinson will play a single elimination play-in match on Friday morning to decide which team will join the top-four in the double elimination bracket.
Friday afternoon will feature the winner of the play-in match vs. top-seeded Saint Francis U, while two-seed Mount St. Mary's will face three-seed Sacred Heart.
On Saturday morning, the two winners and two losers from Friday afternoon's matches will face off. The team to hold a 2-0 record after these matches will receive a bye into Championship Sunday, while the 0-2 team will be eliminated.
Saturday afternoon will feature an elimination match between the two 1-1 teams. The winner of that match moves on to the meet the undefeated team in the Championship.
Click here to view the Championship bracket.
DODSON ADVANCES TO ISC FINALS
Freshman Rebecca Dodson will represent Mount St. Mary's at the Intercollegiate Singles Championship (ISC) finals in Dayton, Ohio this April after placing fourth out of 226 competitors at the sectional qualifier in Illinois.
Dodson rolled games of 192, 207, 212, 201, 212 and 247 for a 1,271 total pin-fall (211.83 average). She will be one of 24 bowlers to compete for the ISC crown on April 17-21. She was one of eight bowlers to earn the ISC berth out of Illinois, as it hosted the largest field of bowlers out of the four sectional locations. Individuals from their respective sectional in Tennessee, New Jersey, and Texas will make up the rest of the field.
The NEC Tournament Champion will be one of eight automatic bids into the 12-team NCAA National Championship Bracket. The top-four ranked teams in the 12-team field will head straight to the finals site in Cleveland, Ohio, while the remaining eight teams will have head-to-head play-in matches the week prior to determine the other four teams. The selection show for the field will be on Tuesday, March 26.