TEANECK, N.J. (March 4, 2012) – With just one win to close out Sunday’s Northeast Conference No. 3 event, the Saint Francis University bowling team fell to ninth in the conference standings, putting them one spot out of qualifying for the NEC Championship at the end of March.

“I’m proud of these ladies. Two matches today came down to the last ball,” head coach Tom Falbo said. “Yesterday, our opponents raised their level of play against us significantly over the remainder of their day. We were prepared for this and scored well, but credit to our great conference teams. We will use this as our incentive to work hard to bring it strong next season.”

Closing out the weekend with a 2-7 record, the Red Flash again won its first match of the day, similar to yesterday’s first round of action. SFU took down Monmouth 960-935 before falling in match two to No. 3 Sacred Heart 978-901. During the third match of the afternoon versus the top-ranked Fairleigh Dickinson Knights, the contest came down to the final frame but the Flash dropped a heartbreaking one-pin decision 969-968. Saint Francis concluded its day with a 906-889 loss to Kutztown.

The Red Flash were one of only two teams that placed three players in the top 15 in total pinfall for the two day event. Christina Leid finished sixth overall on the individual leaderboard, recording a total pinfall of 1,817, a 201.89 traditional average. Heidi Baumert ranked eighth with an average 194.89 and Marissa Matassa rounded out the rest of the top Flash performers with an average of 184.56 for a 15th place showing.

“Marissa has taken control of her game and has become so effective in her versatility,” Falbo said. “Heidi is becoming aware of how important ball selection is to her style of play. As such, we’re seeing a player getting locked in and scoring big. Christina’s game continues to be sharp. She has made a bold statement for post season honors and deservedly so.”

Saint Francis has one more tournament in the 2011-12 season, the ITC Regional Singles and Team Championship this weekend in Allentown, Pa.