FAIRFIELD, Conn. - After leading the Sacred Heart women's bowling team to its fourth NEC Championship this past weekend, Rachel Bamford, Caitlyn Kelly and Tori Boughton have been named to the NEC All-Tournament Team as announced by the league Thursday afternoon. Bamford was also named MVP of the NEC Championship.
Bamford became the first SHU player to be named MVP of the NEC Championship since Lauren Hoffman earned the honor during the 2016 NEC Championship.
Bamford had the highest individual game of the tournament with 257 in the first match against Mount St. Mary's. She shot a season high 94.6% (35 of 37) in makeable spares, plus 96.8% (30 of 31) single pins.
Bamford held the important anchor position all tournament leaving the match in her in numerous occasions. In round two, the sophomore tossed three strikes in a row in the first game against Fairleigh Dickinson to win by three pins. In the best-of-seven against Fairleigh Dickinson, she struck out twice to win the game and struck once to win a game. Bamford was clutch in round three; striking out to win the baker portion, followed by tossing two strikes in game three to win by eight pins. Trailing 3-2, Bamford threw a critical strike in game six to tie the match then in game seven she threw a strike and a spare to lead the team to the championship victory.
Kelly was named to the All-Tournament team after striking on 31 of 63 shots (49.2%). In the championship match, Kelly shot a game-high of 224 and multiple strikes tossed to set up the back of the game.
Boughton bowled in the 4th spot setting up the final frame many times to keep the team alive in the match by striking 43 of 86 times (50%). In round two against Fairleigh Dickinson, she struck in the 9th frame in the four games the team won in the best-of-seven. During the championship match, Boughton converted the 7-10 split, which made it the first time in the program's 26-year history that it had been done.
The Pioneers will take on Caldwell University on April 6 in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. The match will be played as Millsboro Lanes in Millsboro, Del.