Aumack Fifth At Low-Scoring Cougar Classic

Nicole Aumack finished fifth of 86 by pinfall at the 2018 Cougar Classic, including a 266 game. (Steven R. Smith)
Nicole Aumack finished fifth of 86 by pinfall at the 2018 Cougar Classic, including a 266 game. (Steven R. Smith)

ROCKAWAY, N.J. – Sleeping in their own beds did little to help the members of the Felician University women's bowling team, who commuted to the Inaugural Caldwell University Cougar Classic on Friday through Sunday but settled for 10th place out of 12 schools on difficult scoring conditions.

The notable exception was junior right-hander Nicole Aumack (Brick, N.J./Brick Township), who shot 1,124 for the six traditional matches (five on Saturday, one on Sunday morning) for an average of 187.3. Based on pinfall, Aumack finished fifth out of 86 competitors who started at least one match.

The tournament format called for five 5-game Baker matches on Friday, and five traditional team matches on Saturday. The teams returned Sunday morning for one more traditional match, after which they were seeded by won-lost record into a playoff bracket for two best-of-7 Baker playoff matches.

The Golden Falcons averaged 161.8 per Baker game on Friday but eked out two victories, over first-year program Bloomfield College and the host Cougars. Felician ended Day 1 of competition in ninth place.

Aumack highlighted Saturday's traditional round by setting a Felician single-game record with a 266 during a 942-898 victory over Molloy. Aumack, who rolled the first seven strikes, surpassed the 248 of former teammate Jessica Zalewski at Vanderbilt University last March. It was, however, the only win the Golden Falcons claimed on the day, and they entered Sunday with a 3-7 record and in 10th place.

Felician concluded traditional play with a victory over No. 15 nationally-ranked Adelphi University to earn the No. 9 seed in the playoff bracket. There, it swept Bloomfield, four games to none, before concluding the tournament with a 4-2 loss to Caldwell to finish 10th.

The Golden Falcons (8-14) were 5-8 in dual matches for the weekend.

Individually, freshman Deanna Calantoni (Woodbridge, N.J./Woodbridge) was the only Golden Falcon other than Aumack to be started in all six traditional matches. She shot 907 (151.2 average) to finish 36th. Two other Felician right-handers made five starts. Sophomore Jenn Ingulli (Oakhurst, N.J./Ocean Township) was 39th (854, 170.8) while freshman Natalie Swindell (Beachwood, N.J./Toms River South) ended up in 45th place (775, 155.0).

No. 7-ranked University of Maryland-Eastern Shore defeated No. 13 Saint Francis (Pa.) University, 4-1, in the tournament's championship match. UMES was 10-3 in duals for the weekend, while SFU went 11-2. No. 8 Delaware State University finished third, followed by No. 12 Sacred Heart University.

Felican competes for the third consecutive weekend when it travels to Glen Allen, Va., for the Virginia Union University Invitational on Nov. 2-4.