#9 Sacred Heart Finishes Northeast Conference Regular Season In Second Place

The defending Northeast Conference champion Pioneer women's bowling team completed the league portion of its schedule this weekend with a 6-3 mark to finish the year with a second place 20-7 record.  SHU trails only nationally ranked number one Fairleigh Dickinson as the NEC field will be seeded for the 2011 Northeast Conference tournament, to be held March 26-27.

Sacred Heart (64-30, 20-7 NEC) started the weekend with a 926-853 triumph over Saint Francis (PA), Nicole Trudell (Coventry, RI) rolled a 216 in the victory.  The Pioneers suffered their only loss of Saturday as Long Island upset SHU, 953-870.  Chevi Panzanella (Brewster, NY) came in off the bench in game three to shoot a match high 236 as Sacred Heart rebounded with a 1005-886 rout of #13 Adelphi.  The Pioneers closed the day coming out on top of a tight 1025-981 decision against #7 New Jersey City.  Trudell exploded with SHU's highest game of the weekend, shooting a 258 in the win.

Sarah Pelletier (Lewiston, ME) got off to a fast start on day two as the senior left-hander posted a 256 to lead SHU in a 950-805 blowout of Monmouth.  In the second match of the day Trudell, Panzanella, and Jackie Carbonetto (Blauvelt, NY) shot over the 200 barrier but the Pioneers fell to #8 Kutztown, 1022-986.  Sacred Heart then notched back-to-back victories over #15 St. Francis (NY) and #19 Saint Peter's.  Erin Weinman (Temple, PA) chipped in team highs of 194 and 215 in the pair of Pioneer "W's".  However, SHU would suffer a loss in the final clash of the meet as #1 FDU got past Sacred Heart, 995-916.

Sacred Heart will begin the defense of its 2010 tournament title as they take on the seventh-seeded Blackbirds of Long in the quarterfinal round.  The 2011 NEC tournament will be held March 26-27 at Parkway Lanes in New Jersey.

Final 2010-11 NEC Women's Bowling Standings

Team Record

#1 Fairleigh Dickinson

22-5
#9 Sacred Heart 20-7
#7 New Jersey City 19-8
#8 Kutztown 18-9
#13 Adelphi 14-13
#15 St. Francis (NY) 12-15
Long Island 9-18
#19 Saint Peter's 8-19
Monmouth 8-19
St. Francis (NY) 5-22