November 7, 2010

#10 Bowling Knocks Off Seven Ranked Opponents at FDU New Jersey Jamboree

The SHU women's bowling team finished seventh in pinfall but more importantly posted the tournament's second best record at 10-3 this weekend at the FDU New Jersey Jamboree.  The Pioneers never crossed paths with tournament host and defending national champion Fairleigh Dickinson, who won the event with a 12-1 record.  Nicole Caggiano (Woodbridge, NJ) averaged 206 during individual games to lead Sacred Heart and place sixth overall.

The Pioneers opened the tournament with back-to-back wins against non-ranked teams in the four game pinfall baker format that was used on the day one.  Sacred Heart downed Bethune-Cookman 708-639 before a closer victory over Hampton, 623-597.  The fourth ranked Vandberbilt Commodores handed SHU its first loss but the Pioneers rebounded the next series with a 788-635 blowout against Howard.  Sacred Heart finished the day 4-1 overall with a win over #7 Delaware State, 713-688.

Caggiano sixth place performance came into play on day two, which used a five-man team game format.  The Pioneers opened the afternoon by pulling out a 923-888 victory versus #9 Kutztown.  SHU shot its high game of the tournament in a 999-917 triumph over #16 Morgan State.  The Pioneers then picked up their biggest win of the weekend by downing the second ranked team in the country, Maryland Eastern-Shore, 956-928.  Sam Houston State and #18 Florida A&M where the final two teams to fall to Sacred Heart on the day, improving the Pioneers to 9-1 for the tournament.

SHU played three extremely tight matches Sunday afternoon in the bracket portion of the event in a best-of-seven baker game series. Kutztown gained some revenge on the Pioneers with a 4-3.5 win that was decided in a five frame roll-off after the teams could not be separated after seven games.  Then it was #13 Adelphi who broke the hearts of SHU with a 168-158 triumph in game seven.  Sacred Heart again to a seventh game in the final match of the tournament against #8 New Jersey City.  This time the Pioneers earned the dramatic victory as they shot 236 to convincingly take game seven and finish the event with a 10-3 overall record.

The women's bowling team returns to action next weekend for the first Northeast Conference meet of the season as the Pioneers look to defend their 2009-10 NEC championship.