The tenth ranked SHU women's bowling team posted a 12-2 record overall last weekend and finished third at the Jeannette Lee Invitational hosted by St. Paul's College. Freshman Nicole Trudell (Coventry, RI) averaged 224 over six traditional games to lead the Pioneers and finish third in the individual standings as SHU won its first 11 matches of the weekend. Her three-day performance earned Trudell her second NEC rookie of the week award of 2010-11.
Sacred Heart (35-14) competed Friday afternoon with other teams from the Northeast Conference in the CIAA/NEC challenge. The NEC dominated the event as the Pioneers did their part with a 5-0 record. In the four game baker format SHU picked up victories over St. Paul's, Virginia State, Bowie State, Elizabeth City, and Johnson C. Smith. Sacred Heart's high series of the day was a 769 against Bowie State and had its high game of the afternoon, 224, in the triumph over Virginia State.
The Pioneers opened the first day of the Jeannette Lee Invitational with a 1031-663 blowout over Johnson C. Smith, Jackie Carbonetto (Blauvelt, NY) recorded a 209 along with Trudell's 243 in the win. SHU improved by three pins in the next match, a 1034-726, squashing of host St. Paul's in which Sarah Pelletier (Lewiston, ME) shot 218, her best game of the tournament. The Pioneers struggled in games three and four but were able to defeat Chowan and Winston Salem State 881-669 and 896-762, respectively. SHU rebounded with its best game of the tournament in a 1073-661 trouncing of Virginia Union and stayed hot to finish the day undefeated with a 1070-713 victory over Virginia State. Junior Meghan Pero (Staten Island, NY) averaged 185 in the last two games, her first appearance since her freshman season. Savannah Zientara (Lewiston, NY) rolled a 244 and 231 in the final two matches of the afternoon.
In the first round of bracket play Sacred Heart clashed with the top ranked team in the country, Fairleigh Dickinson, for the fourth time this season. SHU took a 2-1 lead in the best of seven series with a 240-208 decision in game three. But the Knights rallied back to take the next three games, winning the match 4-2 and keep SHU winless against the defending national champions. The Pioneers weren't able to recover from the tough loss and fell 4-1 in the second contest of the day as #5 Central Missouri cruised past SHU. Sacred Heart would rebound in the final contest of the day, the third place match, as the Pioneers downed NEC rival #13 Adelphi convincingly, 4-1.
Trudell returns to the NEC Rookie of the Week post for the second time this season. The first-year Pioneer's posted a 21.2 overall frame average along with her 224.3 game average, a numberthat ranked second amongst all NEC individuals on hand. Five of her six traditional games scores exceeded 215, while Trudell thrice broke the 240-pin threshold. The right-handed Rhode Island native filled 102 of 115 frames bowled (.890) and struck 73 times in 139 chances for a .530 strike percentage.
The Pioneer women's bowling team will not return to the lanes until the new year as they compete January 22-23 in a pair of USBC events before heading to the Kutztown Invitational on January 28.