RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Felician College women's bowling program has signed seven high-school seniors and one recent graduate to national letters of intent, Golden Falcon head coach Andrew Toriello announced today.
Women's bowling will be a first-year program at Felician in 2014-15. It is classified by the NCAA as a "National Collegiate" sport, with members of all three NCAA Divisions vying for a single national championship. Felician's other 12 varsity intercollegiate offerings compete in NCAA Division II.
"I'm extremely excited and cannot wait for the season to start," Toriello said. "A first year of a program is often seen as a building year, but that's not how I am looking at it. We have eight very elite young women to start this program off. We will be ready for competition beginning with Day 1."
See below for details on the Golden Falcons' eight signees for the Class of 2018.
Heather Androvich (Carteret, N.J./Carteret) was a three-year captain and two-time team Most Valuable Player for Carteret High, where she also competed in cheerleading and softball. Her teams won three Central Jersey Group 2 championships. As a junior, Androvich fired a perfect 300 game during high-school competition. She placed eighth in the 2014 Greater Middlesex Conference tournament, and was recently named the News 12 New Jersey Scholar-Athlete of the Week (http://newjersey.news12.com/multimedia/scholar-athlete-heather-androvich-1.7732249). She intends to major in nursing at Felician.
Michelle Gulino (Howell, N.J./Howell) competed in bowling and outdoor track & field for Howell High of Farmingdale. In 2013-14 she averaged 179.6 for the Rebels with a high game of 248 and a high three-game series of 620. Gulino expects to study criminal justice.
Kristen Keller (Reading, Pa./Schuykill Valley) won the 2014 PIAA District 3 individual championship for Schuykill Valley High of Leesburg, Pa. She is a three-time Berks County Interscholastic Athletic Association All-Division honoree -- earning all-county honors as a junior -- and her teams captured two division titles. Keller has also signed an athletic aid agreement to play volleyball for the Golden Falcons. She will likely major in psychology.
Dana-Marie Laloo (Teaneck, N.J./Teaneck) was named the 2014 Girls Bowler of the Year by The Record of Bergen County (http://www.northjersey.com/sports/high-school-sports/girls-bowling/demeanor-that-s-striking-1.741823) while competing for Teaneck High. She won two individual Bergen County titles, and averaged 193 as a senior for the Highwaywomen. She was an all-league soccer player and also played on Teaneck's softball team. Laloo also competed at the travel level for Bowler City III. She plans to be a nursing major.
Alexandria Laurenzano (Brick, N.J./Brick Township), competed for Brick Township High before graduating in 2013. Last year, she attended Ocean County College, and she transfers to Felician with four seasons of eligibility. Laurenzano recently completed her 2013-14 season in the Ocean Scratch Trio league at Ocean Lanes in Lakewood, in which she averaged 177. She will study graphic design.
Kristin Natoli (Freehold, N.J./Howell) was a three-year letterwinner and two-year anchor for Howell High. As a senior in 2013-14, she posted the highest average in the Shore Conference Girls Central B League, with a school-record 201.3. She is a two-time NJSIAA individual qualifier and was named second-team All-Shore and second-team All-South Jersey in 2014. Natoli, along with Gulino, helped the Rebels to the 2012 Shore Conference Tournament title. Natoli's father, John Natoli, is the longtime boys' soccer coach at Manalapan High. She will enroll in Felician's pre-physical therapy track.
Kaitlyn Stapleton (Washington Township, N.J./Westwood Regional) won a North Group 1 Sectional championship while bowling for Westwood Regional of Washington Township. As a senior, she was named first team Big North Conference All-Division and third-team All-Bergen County. She intends to major in criminal justice.
Jessica Zalewski (Barnegat, N.J./Barnegat), was a four-time all-Shore Conference selection for Barnegat High. Her team won the 2014 Pinelands Tournament, during which she rolled the high game and high series. Zalewski's personal coach is PBA touring pro Parker Bohn III. She expects to study secondary education and English in Felician's School of Teacher Education.