ELMWOOD PARK. N.J. -- Top-ranked Fairleigh Dickinson went 5-0 on day one of NEC Meet No. 3, held at Parkway Lanes on Saturday. 

The Knights improve to 18-5 in Northeast Conference action and maintain the first-place ranking.

In the opening game, the Knights took on Saint Peter’s College. With high scores of 277 from junior Danielle McEwan and 223 from Brianna Carlo, the Knights defeated the Peahens 1,061-790.

Michelle Hunzaker led FDU in the second game with a 262. McEwan added a 259 to enable the Knights to take down St. Francis (N.Y.) 1,061-941.

In the third game, the Knights took on LIU Brooklyn.  Joely Carrillo bowled a 191, Hunzaker added 201 and Carlo notched 204, while Liat Vizenfeld and McEwan added scores of 221 and 223 to give the Knights a total of 1,040. LIU bowled a 783 to give the Knights their third win of the day.

Against Adelphi in the fourth game, Carrillo bowled a 247 to pace FDU. Vizenfeld added a 225, while McEwan bowled 215 to give FDU a total of 1,076, outscoring Adelphi, which bowled a 904.

In the final game of the day the Knights took on Kutztown. A high score of 257 from McEwan was enough to give FDU a 973 team score. Kutztown bowled an 876, giving the Knights an undefeated day.

FDU leads the competition with a total pinfall of 5,211. No. 2 Sacred Heart sits in second with 4,910.  Adelphi, Saint Peter’s and St. Francis round out the top five.

“We are a few steps closer to achieving one of our preseason goals,” said Head Coach Mike LoPresti. “But we still have a big day tomorrow to close the deal.”

“In our conference, every match is a big one and every opponent is a tough one,” added LoPresti. “Nothing is set yet, however, after today’s performance, if we can match the level of excellence that we achieved today, we will be a tough team to beat tomorrow.”