MIDLOTHIAN, VA. (November 24. 2013)—The Sacred Heart bowling team went 11-2 this weekend, finishing in third place at the Jeannette Lee Invitational at Bowl American South West Lanes in Midlothian, Va. The Pioneers, who only recorded one loss in two days of qualifying, fell in the semi-final match to St. Francis Brooklyn 4-1.
Sacred Heart started off the Friday with their largest marginal victory of the day claiming a decisive 784-522 win over St. Augustine. Their only loss of the day came in round two as several stubborn pins gave North Carolina A&T the win 707-699. SHU rebounded with three-straight wins over Bowie State (744-734), Virginia State (702-613) and Winston Salem State (756-500).
Freshman Lauren Hoffman (Monroe Township, N.J.) moved into the anchor role for the first time against Virginia State and filled all eight frames. Continuing her success as the Pioneers' anchor, Hoffman again filled eight frames against Winston Salem State.
The Pioneers went 5-0 in team games on Saturday with their biggest win coming over New Jersey City in the day's final match 846-578. After opening the day with a 200-pin victory over Chowan (816-815), Katelyn Wilson (Dighton, Mass.) made her season debut in the 894-828 win over North Carolina Central. In the match, the sophomore struck nine out of 12 frames.
Nicole Trudell (Coventry, R.I.) and Corrine Maher (Brick Township, N.J.) tossed 207 and 201 respectively in Sacred Heart's win over fellow Northeast Conference member St. Francis Brooklyn, 925-837. Trudell followed that up with another stellar performance in the 902-706 win over Virginia Union throwing a 222 game. The senior threw her third consecutive 200-plus game as the Pioneers' completed the day's sweep with the defeat of NJCU averaging 205.8 for the day.
Sacred Heart opened Sunday's match-play with a sweep of Winston Salem State. Maher filled all eight frames, striking five times. The Pioneers managed to take one game from the Terriers in Round 2, but fell 4-1. The team never managed consecutive strikes in the match, and missed numerous opportunities for a comeback.
The loss to St. Francis Brooklyn put SHU in the consolation match to decide third and fourth place. The Pioneers claimed third with a sweep of Virginia Union.