RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician University freshman Kaitlyn Buck (Farmingdale, N.J./Howell) has been elected the 2015-16 East Coast Conference (ECC) Women's Bowling co-Rookie of the Year, according to balloting by the league's six head coaches. The ECC announced its year-end award winners on Friday evening, following the first day of competition of the inaugural conference championship tournament.
Felician was accepted into the ECC as an associate member for the sport of women's bowling on Feb. 16.
Buck, a 5-foot-2 left-hander was a two-time recipient of the ECC Rookie of the Week award. Heading into the conference tournament, she had posted a 159.2 traditional game average and a Baker frame average of 18.65. She was named to the all-tournament team at the Golden Bear Classic, hosted by Kutztown University on Feb. 12-14.
Buck shared the Rookie of the Year award with Jess Garzio of Kutztown University. More information, including the entire list of regular-season all-conference teams and special award winners, is available at http://eccsports.org/sports/wbowl/2015-16/releases/032516_wbowl_allconf.
"Kaitlyn has quickly grown into an elite bowler for our program," said Felician second-year head coach Andrew Toriello. "As our program's first lefty, it did not take her much time to get acclimated to bowling at the collegiate level. She has stepped into roles that she wasn't expecting and delivered at all the right moments. The growth she has shown in her first season can only make her stronger and more confident come the fall."
The Golden Falcons are in their second year as a varsity intercollegiate program. They entered the ECC Championship with a season won-lost record of 40-58.
Felician University, the Franciscan University of New Jersey, is a liberal arts, coeducational Catholic university founded in 1942 and sponsored by the Felician Sisters. True to its mission, Felician University welcomes a diverse student population and embraces its educational needs. With campuses in Lodi and Rutherford, New Jersey, Felician University currently enrolls more than 2,100 students and offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate programs, in the classroom and online, in the arts and sciences, business and management sciences, health sciences and teacher education. Felician University also sponsors 14 varsity intercollegiate sports that compete at the NCAA Division II level.