UMES wins Kutztown Invitational
Defending national champs defeat Fairleigh Dickinson in final
Maryland-Eastern Shore came from behind to win the Kutztown Invitational on Sunday.
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In her second tournament after being named interim head coach, Kristina Frahm collected the first title as a head coach. The tournament was no ordinary one either, as the Hawks outlasted 28 other teams to win the nation's largest collegiate bowling tournament.
UMES opened up with a fourth-place finish after day one, where the Hawks went 3-3 for 4,680 pins in Baker Play. The Hawks picked it up on day two to move up in the standings, courtesy of the performance of junior T'nia Falbo . Falbo averaged a score of just over 211 across six games to lead the team to a 4-2 record.
With a berth into the finals at stake, the Hawks defeated Farleigh Dickinson 4.5 to 1.5 early on Sunday to leapfrog other play and advance to the championship. The Hawks sealed the first championship for Frahm in the next match as they handed FDU its second loss of the day with a 4-1 final.
For Fairleigh Dickinson, it was their fifth top-three finish in a tournament this year. They have not placed lower than third.
“Our performance today was difficult to swallow,” FDU head coach Mike LoPresti said. “We were out-matched by a very aggressive team today.”
“No matter what we tried, we could not get anything going,” LoPresti added. “We have to give UMES a lot of credit; they figured it out and were able to perform at an extremely high level.”