The Sacred Heart women's bowling team finished fourth at the UMES Hawk Classic but struggled during parts of match play and finished the weekend with a 7-6 overall record. Senior Sarah Pelletier (Lewiston, ME) earned a spot on the all-tournament team and finished fourth overall with a 224 individual average. The host Maryland-Eastern Shore won its own tournament for the first time in history. The Pioneers knocked off three top-ten teams on the weekend and now have a 23-12 overall record.
Sacred Heart started the tournament off with three consecutive wins to improve its winning streak to six games overall dating back to the last Northeast Conference meet. SHU opened the weekend with back-to-back victories over Wisconsin-Whitewater and Bowie, 817-750 and 836-820, respectively in day one's four game baker format. The Pioneers capped off the streak with a 813-671 rout of Texas Southern. But Sacred Heart stumbled at the end of day one with straight losses to #11 Valparaiso and Stephen F. Austin. Despite a 3-2 record the red and white found themselves on top of the leader board with the highest pinfall in the field.
The Pioneers continued to struggle at the start of day two, which featured five-man traditional team games. SHU fell 988-913 to #19 Norfolk State and lost a heartbreaking 969-951 decision to #5 Central Missouri. Sam Houston State dispatched the Pioneers 1000-901 to drop its fifth consecutive match of the tournament. SHU was able to rebound and snap that streak with a convincing triumph over Howard. The Pioneers rounded out day two of competition with their best win of the event, a 1032-996 victory over #4 Vanderbilt.
Sacred Heart started off the bracket portion of the event with a 4-3 dramatic win against #8 New Jersey City in the playoffs seven game playoff format. The Pioneers then found themselves tied with #7 Delaware State 3.5-3.5 after seven games. SHU took the five frame tiebreaker to defeat the Hornets and advance to the third place match. Sam Houston State dropped the Pioneers in another seven game contest forcing the Pioneers to settle for fourth place.
The SHU women's bowling team will have next weekend off before traveling to take part in the Jeannette Lee Invitational December 3-5.