UMES IN 2ND; GO 4-2 ON DAY ONE OF NEW YEAR'S KNOCKDOWN
Jan. 20, 2013
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Anggie Ramirez (Bogota, Colombia) took the top spot on day one of the New Year's Knockdown and earned the MVP title, guiding her Hawks to a 4-2 record and second place overall in the two-day event.
Ramirez blistered the field with a 227.33 average, knocking down 1,364 pins over six games to earn a spot on the event's All-Tournament Team and taking Most Valuable Performer honors. Megan Buja (Rockford, Ill.) was the team's second highest finisher, taking the 13th spot in the 53 woman field. She averaged a respectable 195.83 and kicked 1,171 pins.
Kristie Lopez (Ponce, Puerto Rico), fresh off her Team Puerto Rico Trials first place finish was the third best finisher for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES). She averaged 191.67 and was 17th overall. T'nia Falbo (Greenburg, Pa.) was the fourth Hawk to bowl all six games, taking 20th overall and averaging a 190.83.
UMES opened with a loss to the host and 18th ranked Terriers 1080-1057 despite getting a 223 from Ramirez and 221 from Buja. They would quickly rebound to top No. 16 Long Island 977-958, No. 12 Sacred Heart 952-881, No. 10 Kutztown 982-911 and Hampton 1026-860.
Over that stretch Ramirez would post four more 200 plus games, 247, 244, 203 and 234. Buja added a pair herself with a 208 on Sacred Heart and a 216 over Hampton.
Tatiana Munoz (Ibague Tolima, Colombia) would sub in for the final three games and roll a 212 in the Kutztown win.
Then UMES ran into the Warhawk buzz saw. No. 9 Wisconsin-Whitewater was on fire. They defeated UMES 997-950. They would finish day one in first place with a 6,070 and a perfect 6-0 record. UMES would finish second with a 5,944, trailing by 126 pins. It was the first time this season the Hawks ended a day of competition not in first place.
Day one ended oddly for some teams in the field. Delaware State posted a 5-1 mark but stood seventh out of eight teams. They trailed Sacred Heart who was sixth but went 0-6 on the day. The host Terriers, who handed UMES a loss were fifth at 2-4.
The teams return to the lanes tomorrow for one baker-game. UMES will take on Delaware State before they seed into a bracket for playoff style action for three more matches.