HAWK BOWLING FALLS SHORT IN COMEBACK AGAINST NEW JERSEY CITY; ARE ELIMINATED FROM 2006 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
April 14, 2006
Houston, Texas - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) Women's Bowling Team bowed out of the 2006 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Bowling Championships today with a four game to two loss to New Jersey City University (NJCU) in the elimination bracket.
The Hawks got behind quickly in the second round. The Gothic Knights took a two game lead by scores of 206-167 and 177-174. UMES came battling back to take game three 209-157. The strong lead-off bowling of Christine King and anchor bowling of Maryetta Lewis kept the Hawks plugging along.
NJCU roared back to take a three game to one lead with a 197-170 win.
Sandra Maresca showed senior leadership in game five as UMES forced a sixth game with a 243-148 win. Momentum seemed to be turning to the Hawks.
In game six though the number three ranked team in the country, NJCU, took over closing frame after frame to get the 224-215 win and four games to two victory.
With the result, the Hawks were eliminated from the Championships in seventh place, ahead of fellow Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference school Bethune-Cookman College. NJCU moves on to bowl Vanderbilt in the elimination bracket.
Alabama A & M, who toppled the Hawks in round one went on in round two to take down two-time defending champion Nebraska in their next match.
"We have absolutely had a great season," said Head Coach Sharon Brummell. "I of course am a little disappointed, I think anything but a win would be a little disappointing right now. However, the girls gave it their all and we ran into a couple of great teams today. We will try again next year to get back here I think our program is only getting stronger."
The Hawks still do not have to wait until next season for a National Championship. They can win one in two weeks at the United States Bowling Congress Championships, a title competition that allows club and NCAA team to compete. The Hawks earned a berth by finishing second in a regional qualifying earlier this season.
Still, two members of the Hawk squad were a little emotional after the defeat.
"I wouldn't trade my time here for anything," said senior Maryetta Lewis who bowled her final NCAA match today. "I had a great career and got to bowl in three NCAA Championships. We finished seventh in the nation each time; there are a lot of teams that wish they could say that."
"I am going to keep bowling," said fellow senior Sandra Maresca. "I love this sport and am grateful for the chance to have bowled competitively for four years and get an education. This tournament was great and while were not happy with our finish today, we are proud to have been here three years and proud to be a part of this team."
The last approach to the lane saw Lewis' and Maresca's last ball hook right into the pocket, anything other than a strike just wouldn't seemed to have fit.