HOWELL, N.J. – The Sacred Heart women's bowling team rallied from a 3-1 deficit Sunday to force a deciding seventh game in the Northeast Conference Bowling Championship against the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights Sunday at Howell Lanes. In the deciding game, the Knights came out on top 199-169 to win the tournament championship.
The Pioneers entered the day needing to win just one match to repeat as NEC champions. SHU opened play Sunday against FDU, with the Knights needing to win to force a deciding match. FDU got that win 4.5-0.5.
The Knights opened the deciding best-of-seven match with a 202-190 win over the Pioneers. In game two, Lauren Hoffman struck out in the 10th frame to give SHU a three-pin win over FDU, 181-178. FDU ran away with the third game, posting a 255 to the Pioneers' 172. The Knights then took a 3-1 lead in the match with a 202-191 win in game four.
SHU rallied back in the fifth game. The Pioneers opened with five consecutive strikes to win the game 243-224. SHU then hung on to win the sixth game 236-225, forcing the decisive seventh game. The Pioneers got strikes from Amanda Tyrell and Casey Smith in the first three frames of game seven. While SHU did mark in six straight frames from the third to the eighth, a stretch of three consecutive spares couldn't match four strikes in five frames by FDU. The Knights went on to win the game 199-169 and win the NEC Tournament.
The Pioneers finished the season 66-39 in dual matches.