Mechanicsburg, Pa. (Nov. 10, 2019) – The Mount St. Mary's Bowling team find themselves in a tie for fourth in conference standings following a 1-2 day to conclude the NEC Fall Meet. The win came against #16 nationally ranked St. Francis University, while the Mount suffered close losses to #24 Long Island and #11 Sacred Heart.
Sophomore Rebecca Dodson remained the leading scoring threat for the Mountaineers, posting a 20.54 baker frame on the day. Sophomore Ashley Santos also provided a huge lift in the four spot with a 19.31 baker frame average.
#21 Mount: 867 | #24 Long Island: 960
The Mountaineers fell to the Sharks 960-867 after surrendering an early lead. Following game one and two margins of 169-163 and 205-194, the Mount found themselves up 17 with three games remaining. Long Island responded with 199-159 and 190-172 margins to force the Mount into a tough comeback situation they were unable to overcome.
#21 Mount: 894 | #11 Sacred Heart: 929
In a rematch of the 2019 NEC Championship, the Mount once again squandered an early lead. After holding a 10-pin lead thru two, the Mountaineers found themselves down seven heading into game four and 46 into game five making for another tough comeback situation.
#21 Mount: 1026 | #16 Saint Francis U: 876
The Mount finally found its footing for a full five games, tossing 207, 180, 245, 181, and 213 in a 150-pin route over Saint Francis U. No team in the conference had shot over 1,000 prior to the Mount in its final match.
"We left today with a much needed win over SFU," said head coach Kenneth DeGraaf. "On the surface, it may seem like the difference between our 1,026 and 894 were great, but it really is the smallest things that cover that gap. This includes the ability to clean a frame whether it be in one shot or two and staying fully engaged at all times. The conference is too good to have that one down game in a five game set and that is what got us in matches one and two today. We will look for a start-to-finish focused practice on Wednesday to prepare us for next weekend."
The Mount resumes competition Nov. 15-17 at the North Carolina A&T Stallings Invitational in Greensboro, North Carolina. NEC Play resumes Dec. 7-8 in York, Pennsylvania.
1 – Long Island University (5-1)
T2 – Fairleigh Dickinson (4-2)
T2 – Duquesne University (4-2)
T4 – Sacred Heart University (3-3)
T4 – Mount St. Mary's (3-3)
T6 – Saint Francis U (1-5)
T6 – St. Francis Brooklyn (1-5)