Elmwood Park, NJ - The Pioneer bowling team had its season come to end Sunday morning as second-seeded Sacred Heart dropped a 4-1 decision to the fifth seed, Adelphi, Sunday morning in the NEC elimination semifinal. Sacred Heart struggled throughout the match and was unable to break the 200 barrier as Adelphi advanced to the championship round square-off with Fairleigh Dickinson. FDU, the top ranked team in the nation, would claim the 2011 crown in a convincing 4-1 triumph over Adelphi.
Sacred Heart (75-38) won its first two matches of the NEC tournament before losing to the Knights in Saturday's semifinal. Sunday's defeat (192-164, 180-173, 150-160, 217-158, 199-194) knocked the Pioneers out of the double elimination event.
During the opening day of the tournament Nicole Trudell (Coventry, RI) was named the NEC Rookie of the Year as well as earning spots on the All-NEC first team and All-Rookie squad. Senior Sarah Pelletier (Lewiston, ME) was named to the All-NEC second team.
The NCAA bowling selection show will air live Wednesday, March 30 at 4:00 pm on www.NCAA.com. Most recently, the Pioneers were ranked ninth in the country and only eight teams receive an invite to the NCAA tournament.