Pioneers Finish 4th in NEC Championship

Pioneers Finish 4th in NEC Championship

The Sacred Heart Bowling team placed fourth at this year's Northeast Conference Championship this weekend. The defending champs were knocked out in the fourth round Saturday afternoon 4-1 by Kutztown in the double-elimination baker match tournament.

No. 8 Sacred Heart defeated No. 1 seeded and perennial NEC powerhouse Fairleigh Dickinson in the first round 4-3. After the Pioneers won the first three games, the Knights rebounded taking the next three and forcing a seventh game. SHU pulled out the 192-122 victory to move on to the next round and hand FDU its first loss of the day. They were eliminated in the second round after losing to New Jersey City 4-3. 

In the second round, the Pioneers were sent to the losers bracket after falling to Saint Francis U 4-1. After falling 200-189 in the first game, Sacred Heart earned their one win of the match, topping the Red Flash 178-142. The third and fourth games were close as SFU squeezed out two wins 180-172 and 163-162. Saint Francis cemented the win with a 204-170 victory in the fifth game.

Sacred Heart collected one more win against St. Francis Brooklyn in round three 4-2. The Terriers won the first game 203-178, but the Pioneers came back to win the next two 185-183 and 236-202. SFC notched one more win before SHU advanced by winning the final two games.

Kutztown delivered Sacred Heart the final blow that knocked them out of the tournament. The Pioneers only managed to win one game against Golden Bears in the fourth round. They took the second game 180-172.

A pair of Pioneer bowlers were named to the 2012-13 All-Northeast Conference teams this weekend. Senior Jackie Carbonetto (Blauvelt, N.Y.) earned a spot on the All-NEC First Team, while classmate Jacqueline Willy (Clarence, N.Y.) made the All-NEC Second Team.

The season is not yet over for Sacred Heart as they will compete in the USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships April 15-20 in Lincoln, Neb.