Sinking Spring, Pa. (Oct. 12, 2019) – The No. 21 nationally ranked Mount St. Mary's bowling team kicked off the 2019-20 season with a trophy finish, placing third out of fourteen teams at the Bud Whitman Bakers at Berks Lanes in Sinking Spring, Pa. The Mountaineers compiled a 4- 1 win-loss record, highlighted by a win over No. 24 Long Island University, and came within 12 pins of an undefeated Saturday.
Sophomore Tamera Stanton led the way for the Mount with a 21.26 baker frame average. Sophomores Danielle Milo and Rebecca Dodson were also major contributors with baker frame averages of 20.55 and 20.00, respectively. Sophomores Ashley Santos (20.04), Kayla Durbala (19.34) and Barbara Hawes (18.63) provided big help off the bench.
#21 MSMU: 968 | #24 Long Island: 847
The Mount started the season off right with a 968-847 win over Northeast Conference foe, No. 24 nationally ranked Long Island. Game four and five advantages of 212-148 and 213-159 were key in the Mountaineers handing LIU their first loss as the Sharks.
#21 MSMU: 857 | Mount Aloysius: 869
MSMU took a step back in a narrow 869-857 defeat at the hands of Mount Aloysius. It would come down to the final frame of game five, but costly opens proved too much to overcome for the Mountaineers.
#21 MSMU: 1,021 | Coppin State: 903
The Mountaineers wasted no time rebounding from a tough loss, taking it to in-state foe Coppin State by a final score of 1,021-903. Big games of 221, 207, and 238 were crucial in the win.
#21 MSMU: 1,012 | Howard: 818
The Mount kept the thousands rolling in a 1,012-818 blowout victory over Howard. A fast start with games of 221 and 227 gave the Mount an early 114-pin lead that would only grow in the final three games.
#21 MSMU: 1,035 | Felician: 872
The Mountaineers saved their best for last, serving up another thousand in their 1,035-872 victory over Felician. A 245 first game and 234 third game were crucial in the win with standings tight near the top.
"Overall, today was a good day," said head coach Kenneth DeGraaf. "We would love to have that second match back, but that is not how it works. What is important is we showed a tremendous response with three consecutive thousand sets. That is how veteran teams are supposed to respond. Our sophomores did a tremendous job carrying the load and we were even able to get some of our newcomers some valuable playing time. We will come back tomorrow having learned many valuable lessons from day one."
Day two of the Bud Whitman Memorial will serve as its own separate tournament, with teams completing five traditional matches. On paper, The Mount's toughest tests will be the second and third matches with Duquesne and Adelphi, respectively. The Dukes won the first day while the Panthers took second. Mount St. Mary's will also square off against Chestnut Hill, Bloomfield and Wilmington. Competition will begin at 9:00 AM ET and can be streamed live on the team's Facebook page.