ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. — Fairleigh Dickinson claimed the Northeast Conference regular season championship at NEC Meet No. 3 on Sunday.
The Knights went 4-0 on the day to improve to a perfect 9-0 on the weekend. Combined with results from two previous NEC meets, the Knights hold a conference record of 22-5, five wins better than runner-up, Sacred Heart.
In game one of Sunday’s competition, the Knights faced New Jersey City. With a high score of 232 from Danielle McEwan, in addition to a 217 from Joely Carrillo and a 207 from Liat Vizenfeld, the Knights defeated NJCU, 980-804.
The Knights took on in-state opponent, Monmouth (N.J.) in match two. Meghan Kelly paced the team with a 212, while Michelle Hunzaker added a 203 for a team total of 925.
The Hawks bowled an 890 to hand FDU a seventh win on the weekend. No. 2 Sacred Heart lost its first match, paving the way for the Monmouth victory to enable FDU to clinch the NEC regular season championship.
Saint Francis (Pa.) was FDU’s third opponent of the day. The matchup boiled down to the anchor bowler’s 10th frame. McEwan once again capitalized for the Knights, filling the 10th frame to give FDU a total score of 969, just one pin ahead of SFPA’s 968.
Carrillo and Kelly led the team with scores of 226 and 211, respectively.
After a slow start against No. 2 Sacred Heart, the Knights forced a swing in momentum in the seventh frame. Between the five bowlers, the Knights bowled 15 consecutive strikes in the seventh, eighth and ninth frames.
Carrillo led the team with a 246 on six consecutive strikes to end the game. Hunzaker added a 243, while Kelly recorded a 225. The Knights sealed the undefeated weekend with a 1,116-1,023 win against the Pioneers.
McEwan led all bowlers in the field with a total pin fall of 2,024 through nine games for an average of 224.89. Vizenfeld was ninth among 60-plus bowlers with an average of 194.11.