MILLSBORO, DEL. (November 17, 2013)—Freshman Lauren Hoffman led the Sacred Heart bowling team averaging 19.54 points per frame and made 93% of her spares at the UMES Hawk Classic this weekend in Millsboro, Del. The Pioneers were the comeback story of the weekend. After dropping the first two matches of the three-day tournament, SHU went on to win the next 10 to finish the weekend 10-2.
"None of us were happy about the start," said Sacred Heart Head Coach Becky Kregling, "but, obviously, we're ecstatic about the finish, and we hope to carry this into next week and the second Northeast Conference meet."
Sacred Heart lost its first two matches to Monmouth (683-671) and host-school UMES (855-651) before claiming their first victory over Hampton. Nicole Trudell (Coventry, R.I.) threw all her balls for strikes or spares in the 776-582 win
Everyone seemed to struggle in the fourth match of the day against New Jersey City University except for freshman Kristin Zimmerman (Plantation, Fl.), who made her collegiate debut that day. Zimmerman threw four consecutive strikes to lead the Pioneers to the 675-431 win.
After finishing Friday with a big game, Zimmerman once again led the Pioneers with a clean 227 game in Saturday's opening match. Corrine Maher (Brick Township, N.J.) was right behind her with a 211 game in the 962-870 win over reigning NEC Champion Adelphi.
SHU picked up its fifth win of the tournament over Howard 869-774 before doing battle with Norfolk State. It was a close match that came down that saw the Pioneers down by 10 heading into the final frame. A double by Zimmerman and Maher let Trudell step up in the tenth with a chance to win the match. The senior anchor tossed three strikes for the win 904-879.
Trudell came up big in the next two matches. Recording a 222 game in the 906-610 win over Cheney, and tossing a clean 217 in the 888-874 victory against Delaware State. She averaged an even 200 after Friday and Saturday to place eighth out of 114 bowlers. Zimmerman finished twenty-first.
After averaging 173 on Friday and 183 on Saturday, the Pioneers sat in tenth place in scoring, and were set to play the ninth place team, LIU Brooklyn, Sunday morning in the first round of match play.
After losing game one, the Pioneers came together to win the next four to beat the Blackbirds. Hoffman ended the match with seven strikes and Trudell struck out in the final game to ensure the match win.
Sacred Heart took the first three games of the next match against Norfolk State, but shot a low in game four. The Pioneers quickly rebounded taking game five to win the match.
In the final match against Saint Francis U, Zimmerman and Trudell led the efforts. Zimmerman tossed four strikes in a row, and only had one open, while Trudell threw all strikes and spares. After taking game one on the Red Flash, the Pioneers dropped game two by a single pin due to two missed headpins and poor count. But, once again, they didn't let that get to them and rebounded taking the next three games.