WAYNESBORO, Pa. – Felician University first-year head women's bowling coach Taylor Strothmann earned her first NCAA victories during the Mount Shootout, hosted by Mount St. Mary's (Md.) University on Saturday and Sunday at Sunshine Lanes.
Felician (3-6) was beginning its fifth varsity intercollegiate season.
The Golden Falcons placed eighth out of 12 teams in the two-day event. They sat in eighth after each stage of competition.
The tournament format called for five traditional team matches on Saturday. The teams returned Sunday morning for two five-game Baker matches, after which they were seeded by total pinfall into a playoff bracket for two best-of-7 Baker playoff matches.
Three Golden Falcons, junior Nicole Aumack (Brick, N.J./Brick Township), sophomore Jenn Ingulli (Oakhurst, N.J./Ocean Township) and freshman Deanna Calantoni (Woodbridge, N.J./Woodbridge) were given the starting nod in all five traditional games. Aumack led the Felician delegation, shooting 953 (190.6 average) and placing 11th in the individual standings. Seventy-one participants started at least one match.
Ingulli's 914 (182.8 average) put her in 11th place. Calantoni posted a five-game score of 810 and finished 35th.
After Felician opened the tournament with a loss to Saint Francis (Pa.) University, the Golden Falcons handed Strothmann her first win by downing Coppin State University, 889-878. They followed with their best score of the day, 909, in a win over Mount Aloysius College, but dropped their final two matches. Felician averaged 173.4 as a team in traditional play.
Sunday started well, as Felician earned a narrow 15-pin win over Howard University to start Baker play. But the Golden Falcons remained in eighth place after a loss to the host Mount, and then did not budge in the team standings after dropping both of their playoff matches in the seventh game.
Saint Francis won the tournament with a 4-1 championship game victory over Mount St. Mary's. It was the Mount's only dual-match loss of the event.
Felican is back in action this weekend, with a short trip to Morris County for the Caldwell University Cougar Classic on Friday through Sunday in Rockaway, N.J.