DOVER, Del. — No. 10 New Jersey City got significant efforts from freshman Sonja Shirak, junior All-American Kelly Daunno and junior Kaitlyn Schroeder, who each boasted averages well above 200 as the Gothic Knights surged into first place with a dominant day two effort, including a perfect 5-0 record, at the three-day Capital Classic, on Saturday afternoon at Brunswick Doverama.
In extending its winning streak to 10 consecutive matches, NJCU improved to 49-26 (.653). Entering day two of competition in second place, the Knights zipped past the 11-team field with total wood of 8,559 and has a commanding 214-pin lead against No. 12 Delaware State. The Hornets are in second with 8,345 pins. No. 13 Norfolk State, is third with 8,119 pins, with No. 20 St. Francis (N.Y.) and Bethune-Cookman (3,404) in fourth (7,754) and fifth (7,701) places, respectively.
All five matches were five-person traditional team game format matches, and four of NJCU’s five victories were of the lopsided variety by more than 100 pins. NJCU posted its fifth and sixth score of better than 1,000 this season.
NJCU opened with a 254-pin rout of Florida A&M, prevailing 1,042-788. In the second match, the Knights overcame Howard 870-747, before hamming Norfolk State 1,056-875. In the fourth match, the Knights cruised past Bethune-Cookman 932-831, before edging Delaware State 917-893.
Kaitlyn Schroeder came off the bench to produce the best average, firing a 216.67 rate with a three-game series of 650 and a high of 254.
Shirak had the best day of her career. One of three bowlers to compete in all five matches, she posted a 209.00 average and total pinfall of 1,045, with three 200 games and all five scores above 190 (225-200-231-195-194).
Kelly Daunno was nearly as good. In five games, she posted a 204.40 average and 1,022 total wood, with three 200 games and a high of 246 (246-202-216-190-168). Schroeder didn’t start the day but bowled the final three matches and had the best average, firing a scintillating 216.67 rate with a three-game series of 650 and a high of 254 (254-207-189).
All eight members of the team saw action. Senior Jennifer Daunno added a 186.40 average and 932 total pinfall over five games (198-178-170-170-216).
In the win against FAMU, Kelly Daunno tossed the 246 and Shirak finished with a 225. It was the first meeting with the Rattlers this year and NJCU has won the last seven meetings since 2009-10. NJCU averaged 208.4 per game.
In the second match, Kelly Daunno rolled a 202 and Shirak added a 200 and despite its lowest score of the day, NJCU still easily defeated Howard 870-747.
NJCU improved to 3-0 against Norfolk State this season and has won eight of the last nine versus the Spartans as Schroeder unleashed a 254 to pace the Knights to a dominant win in which its players average a 211.2. Shirak complimented the win with a 231 and Kelly Daunno uncorked a 216. NJCU is 19-2 all-time in the series.
After being upset on January 28 by Bethune-Cookman — its first loss to the Wildcats since the 2006-07 season — the Knights exacted a measure of revenge with the 101-pin victory on Saturday, behind a 207 by Schroeder, a 195 by Shirak and a 190 by Kelly Daunno.
NJCU capped the day with a tight road win against Delaware State — its second in three tries against the Hornets this year. Jennifer Daunno paced the Knights with a 216 with Shirak providing a 194 and Schroeder finishing with a 189.