By Michael Sparacino

The St. Francis College Women’s Bowling team will compete in a Northeast Conference tournament at Farmingdale Lanes in Long Island, New York this weekend.

This tournament will determine the final rankings going into NEC Championships next month.

The Terriers are tied for fourth place in the NEC with Duquesne University. Both have a record of 3-3 in league play, with the Terrier’s wins against St. Francis University, Fairleigh Dickinson University and Duquesne University.

With only two more tournaments left before the NEC championships, the Terriers are hoping to get on a roll.

This past Friday and Saturday, they competed in the Stormin’ Ladyjack Classic, hosted by Stephen F. Austin State University.

On Friday, they came away with a win against Louisiana Tech University by a score of 830-819, and on Saturday they came away with two wins against Bethune-Cookman University (820-814 and 974-810).

In an interview, head coach Dawn Gugliaro said: “Bowling is a different animal than most sports.”

“You CAN’T play defense, so if your strike game is struggling and the other team has a line to the pocket the best you can do to give your self a chance to win is make your spare shots.”

“If your spare game is off … then all you can do is hope the other team doesn’t mark a lot to give you a chance to catch up the second half of the match.”

Gugliaro continued: “You need to be running on all cylinders to win.”

“When we do that, there is no stopping us.”

“Our strike game, our spare game, our physical game, and most importantly our mental game needs to be on for us to dominate in this conference.”

“This season we have fired on all cylinders before and I am looking forward to doing that again this coming weekend at conference.”