Pioneers Secure Championship Berth in Final NEC Tournament

Brooklyn, N.Y. (March 3, 2013)—The Sacred Heart Women's Bowling team cemented the opportunity to defend its 2012 Northeast Conference title this weekend by going 3-6 at the third and final NEC tournament of the season. The Pioneers wrap up conference play 10-17 guaranteeing them the No. 8 seed in the tournament. In the first round of the championships, on March 23 hosted by Fairleigh Dickinson, SHU will face the No. 1 FDU Knights.

"We are happy to be a part of the conference championship bracket," said Head Coach Becky Kregling. "Defending our title was the goal from the start of the season."

Meghan Pero (Staten Island, N.Y.) led the team averaging 22.5 over her two-plus matches played, while Jackie Carbonetto (Blauvelt, N.Y.) averaged 21.6 over nine matches.

Sacred Heart opened the tournament with a 938-906 loss to LIU Brooklyn, but rebounded with a pair of wins over Monmouth (1052-950) and Adelphi (996-921).

Carbonetto led in the win against Monmouth throwing 235, while Corrine Maher (Brick Township, N.J.) came off the bench for a 222 game in the important match.

The Pioneers' momentum and quality of play continued in the fourth match of the day against second place Kutztown, but was lost in the final frame. SHU was leading by 35 pins, but KU stepped up and threw strikes to take the lead within three shots. Carbonetto threw the day's high game for the Pioneers that match, posting a 248 game.

The last match of the day was similar to the match before.  SHU was leading by 3 pins after 9 frames.  A missed spare and another open by the Pioneers were outmatched by strikes by their opponents, and they fell to New Jersey City 998-970.

Sacred Heart had an amazing start to the day with no opens for the first five frames to lead Saint Francis U by 50 pins halfway through. Three opens in the new five shots tightened up the match and was the start to a sloppy back half and a 1019-941 loss. 

After falling in the second match to Fairleigh Dickinson 954-933, the team did a complete turn around and only missed one spare for an impressive 1039-889 win over Saint Peter's. Pero brought a spark to the Pioneers' lineup, tossing seven perfect strikes for a 258 game.

The Pioneers battled St. Francis Brooklyn in the final match. Both teams struggled, but Sacred Heart held a slight lead heading into the last frame. Each player threw a spare, but it fell short to the Terriers' strikes and SHU lost 973-960.

Next weekend, the Pioneers are competing in the USBC sectional qualifier in Allentown, Penn., which would allow them to play in the NGB's National Championship in Nebraska.