Loretto, PA – The SHU women's bowling team had a weekend of extreme highs and lows at the second Northeast Conference Meet of the 2011-12 season. The Pioneers knocked off #2 Fairleigh Dickinson for the first time this year but would suffer three defeats by a combined 23 pins. Sacred Heart finished the weekend with a 4-5 match play record and is now 12-6 in Northeast Conference action, one game behind first-place FDU.
#3 Sacred Heart (51-19, 12-6 NEC) started off the meet, which operated using a five game baker match format, on the right foot with a 900-824 victory over #17 Saint Peter's. However, SHU would then run into a hot LIU Brooklyn squad as the Blackbirds averaged 202 per game to down the Pioneers. Sacred Heart responded with its highest block of the event, routing #15 Kutztown, 1056-910.
However, things began to turn for the Pioneers at the start of the event's fourth match. The Pioneers fell behind by tallying a 145 and a 160 in the first two games versus #16 Monmouth. SHU rallied but despite taking the fifth game, 186-139, the Hawks held on to the composite total for the victory, 922-915. The heartbreak would not end there for Sacred Heart as #10 New Jersey City claimed a hotly contested 1019-1017 decision that went down to the final frame. The Gothic Kngihts squeezed out the two-pin "W" on the strength of a 231-222 verdict in the fifth and final game.
The Pioneers started off the second day of the meet with another block over the 1,000 plateau, dispatching #20 St. Francis (NY), 1009-944. But SHU would then post its worst two sets of the event in back-to-back matches. The Pioneers fell to host #14 Saint Francis (PA), 813-799, and #19 Adelphi, 900-828.
Sacred Heart was able to add a signature win to its resume in the final match of the weekend. The Pioneers rolled past #2 Fairleigh Dickinson, 1000-925, for their second victory over the Knights this season.
SHU will look to rebound in two weeks, continuing its drive for a spot in the NCAA Tournament, February 17-19 at the Morgan State Invitational.