Fairleigh Dickinson Sweeps NEWBCs
WALLINGTON, N.J. -- In the first of three North East Women's Bowling Conferences, a contest created for the four local NCAA teams, the Fairleigh Dickinson University women's bowling team went 3-0, sweeping the field on Nov. 6.
In the first competition of the day, the Knights defeated St. Peter's College, 931-857. FDU was led by senior Lisa Friscioni and junior Rebecca Ketcham, who each shot 211 games.
In conference scoring, the Knights were awarded five points for the win in addition to two individual head-to-head matches for seven points altogether.
In the second match, the Knights avenged last week's loss to New Jersey City University with a 1013-879 win and a 9-1 victory in match points. Junior Amy Jo Lescisko had the first 10 strikes in a row on her way to a 300-game bid, but finished with a 284 game.
"There have been three 300 games bowled on the team," said Head Coach Mike LoPresti. "Her bid fell a little short but she had the first 10 strikes. Her 11th shot was soft and left a 4-7-10 split." Friscioni chipped in with a 202 game.
The Knights posted a 1045-823 win against Sacred Heart, going 9-1 in conference match points. Leading the charge was junior Christy White with a 237 and Lescisko, who shot a 227. Ketcham shot a 209 game.
"In team matches, we won 25 out of 35 points, which is pretty huge," said LoPresti.
Incorporated into the event was a new scoring system that emulates cross country scoring in order to have invidual competition results with the more points awarded for a higher finish.
Lescisko finished in first out of 35 bowlers. Out of her four games, she shot a total of 919 including a 279 game and a 246 game.
Friscioni finished in second, shooting an 870 for her four games including 235 and 221 games. Ketcham was in fourth place shooting high games of 222 and 239, totaling 842.
In fifth place was White, who shot an 814.
For the day in conference, the Knights had 39 points. The second best output was NJ City, which had 24 points. Sacred Heart had 17 points and St. Peter's posted 10 points.
Overall individually, Lescisko finished with a 1586, averaging 226.57. Friscioni totaled 1465 points with a 209.29 average and Ketcham averaged 205.86 with her total at 1441. White also averaged over 200, shooting 1431 (204.43 average).
"We are the two-time defending champions of the conference and our goal was to get off to a solid start so we could defend our title successfully," said LoPresti. "After today, all you have are superlatives for Amy Jo. Today was by far her best performance for her career. She got locked in and basically from the leadoff spot served as our catalyst and carried us for a big team day."
"We have two positive experiences so far under our belt this season and we`ve gained some momentum and hope we can carry it into our next event, which is a huge competition. We're looking forward to the challenge."
The Knights are back in action at the UMES Shootout on Nov. 19 in Millsboro, DE.
-- Courtesy Fairleigh Dickinson University