Women's Bowling Treks To Maryland For James Brown Invitational

Right-handed female bowler in stance.
Natalie Swindell shot 568 for three games at the 2019 James Brown Invitational. (Steven R. Smith)

TOWSON, Md. – The Felician University women's bowling team struggled to keep pace with the high-scoring top half of the field at the James Brown Invitational, hosted by Morgan State University on Friday through Sunday at AMF Towson Lanes.

Felician (27-43) averaged 171.0 per game for all formats over the weekend and settled for 13th place out of 15 attendees. The Golden Falcons were 4-8 in dual matches, including 0-3 versus nationally-ranked opponents.

Individually, sophomore right-hander Jenn Ingullli (Oakhurst, N.J./Ocean Township) placed 24th out of 96 participants who started at least one traditional match on Saturday. Ingulli produced a five-game total of 934 to average 186.8. She fired 213 in Felician's middle match, a 946-875 victory over Coppin State University.

Junior righty Nicole Aumack (Brick, N.J./Brick Township) was the only other Golden Falcon inserted into the starting line-up for all five traditional matches. She shot 914 (182.8) and finished 27th. Freshman Natalie Swindell (Beachwood, N.J./Toms River South) came up with Felician's high game of the event, a 228 against Coppin State.

The familiar format called for five 5-game Baker matches on Friday, followed by the five Saturday traditional matches. The teams were then arranged into a position-based bracket for three Baker playoff matches on Sunday.

Felician plodded to an average of 169.5 during Friday's Baker play. It drew a bye in Match 2 due to the odd number of teams, but was victorious only in its opening match, an 840-802 triumph over Virginia State University.

After an 0-2 start to Saturday left them 1-5 for the event, the Golden Falcons rebounded for the win over Coppin State and a narrow 931-911 setback to No. 12-ranked Delaware State University. Felician concluded Day 2 by downing Bowie State University, 852-784, and completed Saturday's competition in 12th place.

Baker playoff matches consist of best-of-7 competition. Felician dropped a 4-1 decision to Chestnut Hill College on Sunday morning, then fell behind 3-0 in an eventual six-game loss to Coppin State. The pair of setbacks dropped the Golden Falcons to the 13th-place match to finish the tournament, which they won in six games over Virginia State.

Delaware State defeated No. 6 University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, 4-1, in the championship match, firing a Baker 240 in Match 5 to close out the tournament. The Hornets went 11-2 and averaged 194.5, while UMES was 9-3 for the weekend and posted a 196.2 scoring average. No. 8 Fairleigh Dickinson University finished third, followed by No. 23 Duquesne University.

Delaware State freshman Stefanny Toala topped teammate Alexis Nauer by two pins for tournament MVP honors.

Felician will be in action for the fourth time in five weekends when it competes in the Molloy College Invitational on Feb. 23-24 in East Meadow, N.Y.