FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON WOMEN’S BOWLING ROAD TO THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
The Fairleigh Dickinson University women’s bowling team has been selected as one of eight teams invited to participate in the 2012 NCAA Women’s Bowling National Championship as announced in an NCAA Selection Webcast on Wednesday, March 28. The Championship Tournament will take place April 11-14 at Freeway Lanes in Wickliffe, Ohio. The field includes the following teams, all selected at large: Fairleigh Dickinson, The University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, The University of Nebraska, The University of Central Missouri, Vanderbilt University, Arkansas State, Valparaiso University and Sacred Heart University. The Knights are 104-27 this season. FDU won the NEC regular season title after going 22-5 in conference play and but fell to Sacred Heart in the Conference Tournament Championship on March 25. The two-time National Champion Knights have reached the NCAA tournament eight times in the event’s nine-year existence.
THE 2011-2012 KNIGHTS # Name R/L HT Class Hometown 1 Brianna Carlo R 5’0 JR Dumont, NJ 24 Joely Carrillo R 5’2 SR Clifton, NJ 42 Michelle Hunzaker R 5’6 SO Cary, NC 21 Meghan Kelly R 5’7 SR Howell, NJ 91 Danielle McEwan R 5’8 JR Stony Point, NY 11 Erica Schneider R 5’5 FR Levittown, NY 22 Liat Vizenfeld R 5’3 FR Holon, Israel 31 Jessica Wahler R 5’9 JR Dunellen, NJ
FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON UNIVERSITY UNIVERSITY INFORMATION: Location: Teaneck, NJ Founded: 1942 Enrollment: 6,051 (Metro Campus) Nickname: Knights Colors: Burgandy & Blue Affiliation: NCAA Division I Conference: Northeast (NEC) President: Dr. J. Michael Adams University Provost: Joseph Kiernan NCAA FAR: Marion McClary ADMINISTRATION: Director of Athletics: David Langford Associate AD/SWA: Deb Solfaro Business Manager: Lynne Miles Dept. Assistant: Lorraine Fecanin Dept. Phone: 201-692-2208 Dept. Fax: 201-692-9361
ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS: Primary Contact: Jamie Church Phone: 201-692-2149 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: 201-692-9361 Address: 1000 River Road H-AT1-01 Teaneck, NJ 07666 Website: www.FDUKnights.com Twitter: @FDUKnights YouTube: FDUKnightsathletics
LEADING THE KNIGHTS: The Knights are led by
two-time Northeast Conference Coach of the Year, and 2011 NTCA Coach of the Year, Mike LoPresti. LoPresti is in his ninth season at FDU with two National Titles under his belt. He is the first and only coach in program history as the University added the sport as their 18th intercollegiate varsity program during the 2002-03 school year. LoPresti began the program with just five freshmen. In the squad’s first year, he took his team to a No. 17 national ranking and narrowly missed advancing to nationals. Since then, LoPresti has led the Knights to two Eastern Intercollegiate Bowling Conference championships and two NCAA National Championships. He was named the EIBC Coach of the Year on two occasions and has coached bowlers to three perfect games. The Knights most recently brought home the NCAA championship trophy in the 2009-10 season after defeating 2009 National Champion, Nebraska. in 2011, LoPresti was named one of the nation’s top collegiate recruiters by ESPN The Magazine. He currently holds a career record of 867-228 for the Knights, including the 2011-12 regular season. Former Knight, Lisa Friscioni, assists LoPresti as coach of the Knights. Friscioni is in her sixth season as an assistant coach after joining the Knights’ coaching staff for the 2006-07 season. Friscioni graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University in May 2006 and earned her master’s degree in the same concentration in May of 2007. She was a four-year letter winner for the Knights’ women’s bowling team, culminating her career with the school’s first-ever national championship and a 300 game. She led FDU to three-straight national semifinal appearances, serving as captain in her junior and senior seasons. In 2010 she became the first person to win an NCAA Women’s Bowling National Championship as a player and as a coach.
STACKING UP: The Knights have previously faced each of the seven other teams competing in the 2012 NCAA Womenâ€™s Bowling National Championship. The Knights have won 19 matches in 34 meetings with the National Championship contendors for a 64.6 winning percentage. They have seen at least one of the top teams in each of their 11 competitions this season including the highly competitive Music City Classic, where six teams, including FDU, vied for the title. ARKANSAS STATE: The Knights and and Red Wolves have met just once this season. A-State took the win, 714-779 in a traditional game at the Music City Classic in March. CENTRAL MISSOURI: The Jennies have always proved to be a tough competitor for the Knights. As a program, The University of Central Missouri is the only team to hold the win advantage over the Knights (18-21 all-time). This season, the Knights are 3-3 against the Jennies after meeting at the Hawk Classic, the Virginia Union Invitational, the Morgan State James Brown Invitational and the Music City Classic. MARYLAND EASTERN SHORE: FDU has taken on UMES on six occasions between the NJ Jamboree, the Hawk Classic, the St. Francis New Yearsâ€™ Knockdown and the Kutztown Invitational. The Knights took home the tournament crown in two of those four tournaments and are 4-2 against the Hawks this season. NEBRASKA: FDU and Nebraska have faced each other just three times this season. The Knights defeated Nebraska in the Morgan State James Brown Invitational championship game, 4-2 before falling to the Huskers twice at the Music City Classic. SACRED HEART: The Knights and Pioneers are no strangers to one another. As members of the powerhouse, Northeast Conference, FDU and SHU met eight times this season. The teams split the series, with each team earned four wins. The Knights defeated SHU in NEC Meet # 3 en route to their second-consecutive regular season title but fell to the Pioneers twice at the NEC post-season tournament. The Pioneers were eventual NEC Champions. VALPARAISO: The Knights are undefeated against the Crusaders during the 201112 season. With wins at the UMES Hawk Classic, the Kutztown Invitational and the Music City Classic, FDU is 3-0 against previous NTCA No. 1 Valpo. VANDERBILT: The Knights have battled with the Commodores all season long. After defeating VU in the NJ Jamboree Championship round to open the season, the Knights fell to Vanderbilt in the UMES Championship match the following weekend. The Knights are 4-3 this season against VU.
WHEN IT COUNTS: The Knights are 15-8 in playoff rounds this season, including wins in four tournament championship games. They took home first place on five occasions including the Bethune-Cookman Invitational, the NJ Jamboree, both team titles at the St. Francis New Year’s Knockdown and the James Brown Invitational. The Knights also earned the Northeast Conference regular season championship with a record of 22-5 against some of the nation’s top teams. BETHUNE-COOKMAN INVITATIONAL: In the first weekend of the season, the Knights defeated Morgan State en route to their first tournament crown. NJ JAMBOREE: The Knights defeated Sam Houston State and Vanderbilt to earn their second-consecutive title and the win at home. UMES HAWK CLASSIC: The Knights fell to Vanderbilt in the championship round after defeating them in the semifinal match. SFNY NEW YEAR’S KNOCKDOWN: FDU went 10-0 in Brooklyn to earn both day’s team titles. KUTZTOWN INVITATIONAL: The Knights won their first nine games in Reading before falling to Stephen F. Austin. They bounced back to make it to the tournament championship but fell to UMES, one game to four. MORGAN STATE JAMES BROWN INVITATIONAL: The Knights captured their fifth tournament crown in Perry Hall, MD after defeating Nebraska, 4-2 in the championship round. MUSIC CITY CLASSIC: FDU struggled to begin the Music City Classic, going 3-3 on day one, but they responded with a 4-2 record on day two and defeated Central Missouri to capture third place. NEC Meets/Championship: FDU went 22-5 in Northeast Conference action. They ultimately fell to Sacred Heart in the championship round, but claimed the regular season title for the second-consecutive year with the impressive conference mark.
THE LINE-UP: The Knights’ roster includes five veterans who were a part of the 2010 NCAA Women’s Bowling National Championship team and three underclassmen. Meghan Kelly and Joely Carrillo lead the team with four years of experience under their belt. They are the only two Knights to have competed in four NCAA National Championship tournaments. The Knights’ three juniors, Danielle McEwan, Brianna Carlo and Jessica Wahler have been a strong support system for FDU in recent tournaments. McEwan, the 2010 National Tournament Most Outstanding Bowler leads the third-year class. She was named the NEC Bowler of the Year of the second-straight year this season and will look to defend her position as an NTCA First-Team All American. Carlo has made an impression this season and will be a strong force for FDU in Cleveland. Sophomore Michelle Hunzaker will use the experience of last year’s Final Four trip to aid the Knights’ championship attempt this season. The Knights have two rookies on the squad this year who will be looking forward to the excitement the tournament brings. While Erica Schneider has been a reserve for the Knights this year, Liat Vizenfeld has been a force to be reckoned with in several tournaments this year and was most recently named to the NEC All-Tournament Team.
THE 2011-12 KNIGHTS: Joely Carrillo: Earned All-Tournament accolades at the UMES Hawk Classic and was named the NEC Player of the Week after a 212.2 average at the James Brown Invitational. Has maintained a 200.07 average through 57 traditional games and a frame average of 19.96. Bowled a season-high game of 246 at NEC Meet #3. Was named to the Northeast Conference All-Conference First Team for the second-consecutive year.
Meghan Kelly: Has maintained a traditional game average of 194.54 this season through 46 games. Holds a 19.08 frame average with an 82.7 filled frame percentage. Recorded a season-high game of 255 at the Kutztown Golden Bear Invitational.
Brianna Carlo: Has averaged 183.53 in traditional games this season with an 18.53 frame average. Bowled a season-high 235 at the James Brown Invitational in February.
Danielle McEwan: Named to the All-Tournament Team at seven of the Knightsâ€™ nine tournaments this season including the BCU Invitational, the NJ Jamboree, the Virginia Union Invitational, the SFNY New Yearâ€™s Knockdown, the Kutztown Invitational, the James Brown Invitational and the NEC Championships. Earned NEC Bowler of the Week accolades an unprecedented seven times, including fiveconsecutive weeks in the middle of the season. Has maintained a traditional game average of 210.92 in 61 games this season with a frame average of 21.15. Bowled a season-high 277 at NEC Meet #3. Named Northeast Conference All-Conference First Team and NEC Bowler of the Year for the second-consecutive year.
THE 2011-12 KNIGHTS: Jessica Wahler: Has maintained a 147.25 average in four traditional games this season. Holds a frame average of 15.84. Bowled a season-high 173 at the UMES Hawk Classic.
Michelle Hunzaker: Has compiled a traditional game average of 196.23 in 48 games this season. Holds a frame average of 19.16 and a filled frame percentage of 82.58. Bowled a season-high 262 at NEC Meet #3. Named to the All-Tournament Team at the BCU Invitational and the NJ Jamboree.
Erica Schneider: Earned the Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week award after her performance at the BCU Invitational. Has maintained a traditional game average of 187.17 through 23 games and a frame average of 18.15. Bowled a season-high 224 at the BCU Invitational.
Liat Vizenfeld: Has maintained a tradtional game average of 194.00 through 40 games this season. Holds a 19.94 frame average and an 87.29 filled frame percentage. Named Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week on three occasions and took All-Tournament honors at the Kutztown Invitational and the NEC Championships. Bowled a season-high 231 at the James Brown Invitational and has not bowled below 183 since her first tournament with the Knights.