Jan. 1, 2006

Atlantic City, N.J. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) Women's Bowling Team may have struggled a little this past weekend at the FDU Holiday Jamboree hosted by Fairleigh Dickinson University. That all depends on how you define struggled. While the Lady Hawks only managed a 6-7 record in NCAA matches, they rolled so well to take second place overall in the 11-team field.

It seemed that every time UMES rolled a high pin-fall game, their opponent matched it. That happened seven times. The field was a combination of two existing tournaments that were combined into one. It featured total pin fall team games, Baker games, single matches and double matches. All playing a part in the Hawks' second place finish.

One of the best performances was the doubles tandem of Jessica Worsley and Megan Raymond. They tallied 1,121 as a duo just 15 pins from the first place finish. Christine King and Kristie Minnis were 15th with a 967.

To open the event the Hawks took on St. Paul's College and picked up a win, 990-703. In the second match UMES was downed by New Jersey City 923-840 and then defeated by the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, 868-785. In between those two matches UMES rolled a blind, a match against an average for neither a win nor loss but to keep every team's games played the same. They concluded day one with a win over Cheyney, 880-569.

Individually the Hawks got 200 games from Laura Zanrucha (204 & 214), Raymond (213), Worsley (202) and Maryetta Lewis (234).

Day two of the event were Baker games. On day two the Hawks picked up three wins and two losses. The defending National Championship runners-up, FDU, defeated the Hawks 810-713 while the third match had MEAC rival Delaware State knocking off the Hawks, 691-654. Their wins were over Coppin State (723-501), Howard (767-560) and North Carolina A & T (NCAT) (685-650).

Just one day later UMES was back to pin fall matches, falling 913-855 to Morgan State, defeating St. Paul's 909-727 and losing to New Jersey City 860-822. Jamie Culbreth was the only 200 game roller with a 212 against St. Paul's. Later that day UMES rolled one baker match against FDU and fell 1131-1068 in a six game match.

With a total pin fall for the three days of 10495 UMES stood in third place behind FDU and New Jersey City (NJCU). NCAT was in fourth. Those four teams matched up in a step-ladder format for a tournament title. With one playing four and two bowling three the Hawks had to take on NJCU once again. This time they took the win when it counted for a second place finish. Unfortunately for the Hawks the match cannot count in NCAA standings due to a rule about playing a team once a day.

Individually the Hawks placed Zanrucha as the sixth highest individual performer. She tallied 2,066 pins, 153 pins out of first. Also in the top ten was Lewis in eighth with 2,024 and Worsley in tenth with 2,023. Raymond was 36th, Culbreth was 47th, King was 54th and Jennifer Davis 57th. Minnis was in 66th place and Sara DiScioscia was 71st, both saw limited action.

UMES is next in action later this month on the 21st and 22nd in Baltimore, MD at a MEAC Northern Division meet.



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