RUTHERFORD, N.J. – High-school seniors Eliza Abreu (Fords, N.J./Woodbridge) and Madelyn Weston (Hatboro, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) have signed National Letters of Intent (NLI) to continue their bowling careers at Felician University, Felician head women's coach Taylor Strothmann announced today.
The 2018-19 NCAA signing period began on Nov. 14 and runs continuously through Aug 1. It replaces the separate early and regular signing periods of past years.
Felician is a member of NCAA Division II. Women's bowling, however, is classified as a "national collegiate" sport, in which members of all three NCAA divisions compete for a single national championship. The Golden Falcons are associate members of the East Coast Conference (ECC) only for the sport of women's bowling. With a record 13 teams last season, the ECC was the largest women's bowling conference in the NCAA.
"In Eliza and Madelyn, we have recruited two student-athletes who are focused and motivated," said Strothmann, who is entering her second season with Felician. "With hard work, they will be able to help us achieve our goals."
Abreu, a 5-foot-3 left-hander, recently completed her scholastic career at Woodbridge High. She helped lead the Barrons to consecutive Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament championships and finished fourth individually in the 2019 Middlesex County finals. At Felician, Abreu intends to major in secondary education.
"Eliza has an aggressive approach and strong mechanics," Strothmann said. "She isn't afraid to attack the lanes, an attitude that can easily motivate her teammates."
Weston was chosen for the Suburban One League American Conference First Team during her final season at Hatboro-Horsham High of Horsham, Pa. The 5-foot-7 righty also qualified for the 2019 Eastern Pennsylvania Regional Championship tournament. She hopes to study photography & new media.
"Madelyn has sound mechanics and is a fast learner," Strothmann said. "She's very eager to get to work."
Felician is coming off a 2018-19 campaign which saw it post a dual-match won-lost record of 47-61. The Golden Falcons tied for ninth place in the 2019 ECC Championship tournament.
Felician University engages more than 2,400 undergraduate, graduate, and adult students through programs in Arts & Sciences, Business, Nursing, and Education. Universal Franciscan values of respect, social justice, and compassion form an inclusive foundation for transforming the lives of tomorrow's leaders. Felician University was ranked 3rd-best return on investment for private colleges in New Jersey in 2018 by the PayScale.com College ROI Report and is ranked the No. 1 safest college campus in the state by niche.com. Felician University also sponsors 14 varsity intercollegiate sports that compete at the NCAA Division II level. To learn more about Felician University please visit www.felician.edu.