ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. (November 3, 2013)—Senior Nicole Trudell (Coventry, R.I.) was named to the All-Tournament team this past weekend at the FDU Jamboree after shooting 1302 for her six games on Saturday. Her score was the third highest in the field of 132 bowlers and only 16 pins out of first place. Freshman Lauren Hoffman averaged 203 for the weekend, and was one of only 14 bowlers who averaged over 200.
The Pioneers opened the FDU Jamboree 1-4 Friday night. Despite the record, the Pioneers were at the top of the standing, which is based on overall pinfall.
In the first match of the tournament, seniors Trudell and Chevi Panzanella were successful each shot, filling each frame with a strike or spare, but the team still fell to LIU Brooklyn 793-770. The Pioneers picked up their first win in the second match of the day against Cheyney University 801-463. After switching up the lineup and allowing four freshmen to start, Sacred Heart shot 253 in the third game, their highest game of the weekend. Sarah Rhodes and Amanda Tyrrell led the team that round, striking half of their shots. The win lifted the Pioneers to second in overall pinfall behind Arkansas State.
SHU maintained second place despite losing to Vanderbilt 757-727.
"When we were in second place after three games in a field where seven of the eight teams who competed in last year's National Champions, I realized our team had amazing potential," said Head Coach Becky Kregling.
Unfortunately, after that, the Pioneers seemed to hit teams at the wrong time and posted losses with good scores. Sacred Heart registered two more losses Friday night, falling to host-school FDU 840-785 and Sam Houston State 704-669.
The Pioneers opened Saturday with three wins over Prairie View A&M 959-882, Monmouth 991-920 and Stephen F. Austin 946-942. After leading the team against Prairie View A&M, Trudell stepped it up another notch and shot 245 against Stephen F. Austin. Taking over the role of anchor this year, Trudell struck out in the tenth frame to give SHU the win by three points.
Sacred Heart suffered a heart breaking 995-993 loss next at the hands of the No. 1 team in the country Arkansas State. The match, in which the Pioneers led by 40 at one point, came down to the last shot. Trudell's 235 helped SHU get the closest they ever have to beating Arkansas State. Their score for this round was the third highest and moved the Pioneers up to fifth in the tournament standings.
SHU tacked on another win defeating Delaware State 913-870, and another loss to Wisconsin-Whitewater 954-883.
The overall standings, which showed Sacred Heart was the No. 5 seed heading into Sunday's match play, did help SHU leave the Parkway Lanes Saturday night feeling like they had a good start to the season.
Sacred Heart lost in the first round of match play, in a best of seven match, to No. 8 seed Kutztown and was sent to the consolation bracket. They made a great start against the No. 6 seeded Sam Houston State taking a 2-0 lead after winning the first two games 205-165 and 184-180. Errant shots started to appear in the third game, which they dropped 191-170, and it was all downhill from there. Sam Houston got on a roll taking the last three games by less than 10 points.
"It was the first of four weekends in a row for us," said Kregling. "I look forward to see where we are at the end of November."
This weekend, the Pioneers head to Reading, Penn. for the first Northeast Conference match of the season.