Jackie Carbonetto (Blauvelt, NY) and Nicole Trudell (Coventry, RI) both finished in the top-five in the individual rankings in the final Northeast Conference meet of the season this weekend. The Pioneers, ranked second in the nation, posted a 5-4 record on the weekend to finish 17-10 in conference play, good for second place in the standings. Carbonetto averaged just over 215 over the nine games, second overall, while Trudell shot at a 207 pace, making her fourth in the field.
Sacred Heart (63-27, 17-10 NEC) started the meet on a down note as LIU Brooklyn picked up a 908-864 victory as SHU notched its lowest game of the weekend. The Pioneers rolled from that point on Saturday, rattling off four straight W's. The run began with back-to-back victories over ranked opposition in #20 Saint Peter's and #12 New Jersey City.
The Pioneers finished day one with back-to-back games over 1,000 to defeat both St. Francis (NY) and #18 Monmouth. Carbonetto was red-hot in the final three games of Saturday afternoon, rolling a 267, 267, and 257 for a 791 series.
SHU suffered a defeat to start Sunday as Carbonetto was the only Pioneer to break 200 in a 976-917 loss to #14 Kutztown. The Pioneers were able to comeback with a 978-901 triumph over #19 Saint Francis (PA). Chevi Panzanella (Brewster, NY) and Trudell both shot 211 in the victory over the Red Flash.
Sacred Heart had another down game as only Trudell broke the 200 barrier as #16 Adelphi upset the Pioneers, 929-917. SHU closed the weekend with a solid performance against #1 Fairleigh Dickinson. However, the Knights showed why they are the top ranked team in the nation as they fired on all cylinders to defeat the Pioneers, 1116-1023.
The Pioneers will enter the Northeast Conference Tournament on March 24-25 as the second seed. SHU continues its season March 9 at a USBC Singles event in Allentown, PA.