FREDERICK, Maryland (Oct. 19, 2019) - An 0-2 start did not deter No. 21 Mount St. Mary's bowling during day one of the Mount Shootout at Terrace Lanes in Frederick, Maryland Saturday. The team rallied for three straight victories - including a 1,026 pinfall in the fourth contest - to place seventh.
The Mount has a legitimate shot to climb up into the championship bracket, needing to close a gap of only 65 pins during the first two Baker matches Sunday (Oct. 20).
Ashley Santos led the way with an average of 179.8 to place 26th in the field. Tamera Stanton was right on her heels in 27th thanks to a 179.6 average. Anchor Rebecca Dodson rebounded from a slow start to register a total pinfall of 878, earning 31st place.
"When you are on a pattern this tough, your only job is to clean frames as strike percentages were not high for anyone." Head coach Kenneth DeGraaf said. "When we did that, you saw the 1,000 set we are capable of. However, we didn't do enough and as a result have some ground to make up before bracket play. We will learn a lot about our team based on how we respond tomorrow."
# 21 MSMU 807 | Wilmington 868
The Mountaineers struggled out of the gate, despite a 197 game from Santos. Four out of five bowlers for the Wildcats earned a score of 170 or better to take the match. It would be Mount's lowest total of the day, placing them 12th after the initial match.
# 21 MSMU 913 | #23 Youngstown State 956
Scores improved as Mount took on the Penguins, and Dodson found her stride, improving to a 207 effort to lead the way. But Youngstown State proved too much, bolstered by a 230 game from Emma Wrenn. The Penguins led the field after the first day, and Wrenn was the top individual performer.
# 21 MSMU 847 | Roberts Wesleyan 833
Momentum began to shift against the Redhawks with consistent finishes across the board. Danielle Milo took charge in this matchup with a 201, and steady showings from the remaining four Mountaineer bowlers helped push the squad to a victory by a slim margin. Mount St. Mary's stood in tenth following this match.
#21 MSMU 1,026 | Daeman 918
The brightest moment of the day came against the Daeman College Wildcats. Santos surged ahead again to lead with a 226 game, and Kayla Durbala impressed off the bench with a 222 effort. Stanton, Milo and Dodson all scored 188 or higher as The Mount registered its third best effort on the season, and the best for any team in the field on the day. Even better, the victory catapulted the team from tenth to a fifth place tie.
#21 MSMU 859 | Mercyhurst 788
Mount ended with a winning record Saturday after taking care of Mercyhurst in the final pairing. Milo led with a 193 game, but the pinfall of 859 opened the door for some opponents to jump the team in the standings.
Encompassing the final day will be Baker matches, with a pair of five game matchups followed by best-of-seven bracket play. Mount St. Mary's will face Chestnut Hill in the first contest and Felician in the second before seeds are determined. All teams compete in bracket play regardless of standing, but only the final four have a shot at the title.
Competition is set for 9 a.m. Sunday at Terrace Lanes.