Bowlers Remain In Eighth Throughout Golden Bear Classic

Right-handed female bowler
(Photo of Kristine Verbeke by Steven R. Smith)

SINKING SPRING, Pa. – The Felician University women's bowling team finished eighth out of 16 teams at the Golden Bear Classic, hosted by Kutztown University on Friday through Sunday at Berks Lanes. Felician was in eighth place after each day of the three-day event.

In an up-and-down dual match performance, the Golden Falcons turned in a 5-8 record for the weekend

The tournament is one of few three-day all-Baker NCAA events held annually nationwide. Following Wednesday's random draw, the format called for five 5-game Baker matches on Friday and five more on Saturday, with a position round in Match 10. The teams were then paired off into a playoff bracket for three best-of-7 Baker matches on Sunday.

Felician sophomore Nicole Aumack (Brick, N.J./Brick Township) bowled all of a possible 134 frames. She led the Golden Falcons with a frame average of 18.53 for the weekend. Senior Jessica Zalewski (Barnegat, N.J./Barnegat) averaged 17.94 per Baker frame.

Felician started the tournament slowly, averaging 167.7 in a pair of losses to begin Friday's play. The Golden Falcons broke out for a 961 five-game total in a win over Mount Aloysius College, but surrendered late leads in losses in their final to matches to complete the day 1-4. Felician averaged 175.9 on Friday.

With Alex Laurenzano (Brick, N.J./Brick Township) leading off and Zalewski in the "anchor" spot, Felician jumped out on Saturday with a 936 in a Match 6 victory, shooting 201 and 226 in the final two games. But just as quickly, the Golden Falcons struggled to games of 799 and 782, the latter in a victory.

After recovering for a 914-804 triumph over Saint Peter's College, Felician was matched up with Morgan State University in the position round. The Golden Falcons suffered a narrow 847-841 loss to settle for a 3-2 day.

Sitting in eighth place, Felician earned a re-match with seventh place Morgan State to start Sunday's playoff bracket. The Golden Falcons, with Kristin Natoli (Freehold, N.J./Howell) leading off and Amuack anchoring, shot 828 for four games in sweeping the Bears. Felician then won its first two games over Caldwell University before dropping the last four.

Felician was forced to bowl Morgan State one more time, and it took a five-frame tiebreaker to decide the match, with the Bears winning, 96-71. The loss dropped the Golden Falcons back into their final eighth-place standing.

Heather Androvich (Carteret, N.J./Carteret) averaged 17.45 for the weekend, and fellow senior Natoli posted a 17.44 figure. Sophomore Kristine Verbeke (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Valley) started five matches, her most of the season, and amassed a frame average of 16.49.

Duquesne University defeated No. 13 nationally-ranked Adelphi University, four games to three, in the championship match to claim the tournament title. The Dukes took the crown by winning Game 7, 185-184. Adelphi earned the most dual-match victories, going 11-2.

Felician's won-lost record for the season fell to 31-34. The Golden Falcons have a quick turnaround, as they will travel to Towson, Md., on Feb. 16-18 to compete in the James Brown Invitational, hosted by Morgan State.