Somerset, N.J. (March 22, 2019) – Kenneth DeGraaf, who has led the Mount St. Mary's women's bowling team to the national rankings and the No. 2 seed in the Northeast Conference (NEC) Championship during the team's inaugural season, was named the NEC Coach of the Year on Friday to highlight the league's end-of-the-year awards. Freshman Rebecca Dodson earned a selection to both the All-Conference Second Team and the NEC All-Rookie Team, and fellow freshmen Danielle Milo and Tamera Stanton also earned spots on the All-Rookie Team.
DeGraaf has been the architect of one of the top stories in college bowling this season, as he's guided a first-year program of all freshmen to among the top-20 teams in the nation. In the Mount's first-ever competition to kick off the inaugural season, DeGraaf and the Mountaineers claimed the tournament crown at the Bud Whitman Memorial after racking up wins over a pair of nationally-ranked opponents en route to a perfect 5-0 record at the event. DeGraaf led the Mountaineers to three more trophy finishes during the regular season as the team finished top-three at the Mount Shootout, the Red Flash Invite, and the Golden Bear Classic. The Mountaineers went a perfect 6-0 at their first-ever conference meet, and finished at 12-6 in league competition to earn the No. 2 seed at the NEC Championship. DeGraaf saw his bowlers claim a total of seven NEC Rookie of the Week Awards throughout the season, which was the most for any team in the league.
Dodson represents the Mount on the All-NEC Second Team and All-Rookie Team after making big shots for the Mount throughout the season. Dodson ranked second in the NEC with a strike percentage of 49.2, was third among bowlers in the anchor position with a 20.23 10th frame average, and ranked ninth in individual scoring average at 19.64. The Panama City, Florida native was named the NEC Rookie of the Week a league-high five times and earned the Player of the Week Award once.
Milo was crucial to the Mount's success in the inaugural season, and her efforts earned her a selection to the NEC All-Rookie Team. Milo ranked second in the league with a spare conversion percentage of 74.3, and was also 10th in the conference in filled frame percentage at 84.1, and 14th in traditional format scoring average with an 18.77.
Stanton also earned All-Rookie honors as the Mountaineers claimed three of the five spots on the All-Rookie Team. Stanton ranked 10th in the conference in strike percentage at 44.8, was 12th in scoring average with a 19.13, and placed 15th in filled frame percentage at 81.4. The Baltimore native also ranked fourth among bowlers in the setup position with a 52.5 percent strike rate. Stanton earned the team's first-ever NEC Rookie of the Week Award after helping lead the Mount to victory at the Bud Whitman Memorial to open the season.
Mount St. Mary's begins competition at the NEC Championship today (March 22) at 2 p.m. All three days of the tournament will be streamed live on NECFrontRow.com.