#10 Sacred Heart Posts 6-3 Record At First Northeast Conference Meet

#10 Sacred Heart Posts 6-3 Record At First Northeast Conference Meet

The Pioneer women's bowling team went 6-3 in the first Northeast Conference meet of the season this weekend and sits in fifth place in the standings, one game back of a four-way tie for first.  Freshman Nicole Trudell (Coventry, RI) paced the Pioneers throughout the event, bowling all nine games and posting a 221 average.  Savannah Zientara (Lewiston, NY) ranked second on the squad with a 203 average over eight total games. 

Sacred Heart (16-6, 6-3 NEC) started the weekend on Saturday with an 883-844 victory over the host team, #9 Kutztown.  Zientara shot a 265 to lead SHU in the second game of the afternoon, a 965-958 win over Saint Francis (PA).  Sacred Heart had a game slip through its grasp in the third match of the day despite a 264 from Trudell.  The Pioneers left two open frames in the tenth as the anchor for #15 St. Francis (NY) doubled in her last frame as SHU dropped a 903-895 decision.  The Pioneers responded to that disappointment with their best game of the meet in a 1104-874 rout of Saint Peter's.  But Sacred Heart ended the afternoon on a down note by falling to #8 New Jersey City, 1011-933.

The Pioneers would suffer their last defeat of the meet in the first game of day two as the top ranked team in the country, Fairleigh Dickinson, rolled to a 1121-884 win over SHU.  Sacred Heart had three bowlers over the 200 mark as Trudell, Zientara, and Jacqueline Willy (Clarence, NY) led the team to a 1094-874 victory over Monmouth.  Trudell notched a 268 as the Pioneers won back-to-back matches with a 1037-974 triumph against #13 Adelphi.  Sacred Heart rounded out the meet with a 942-880 win over Long Island.

The SHU women's bowling team returns to action next weekend as they travel to the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore for a tournament hosted by the second ranked team in the nation.

Northeast Conference Standings (After Meet #1)

T-1. #1 Fairleigh Dickinson 7-2
T-1. #8 New Jersey City 7-2
T-1. #9 Kutztown 7-2
T-1. #15 St. Francis (NY) 7-2
5. #10 Sacred Heart 6-3
6. #13 Adelphi 4-5
T-7. Saint Peter's 2-7
T-7. Saint Francis (PA) 2-7
T-7. Monmouth 2-7
10. Long Island 1-6