This week in Pioneer Sports:
Sacred Heart University women’s swim team will travel to Loudonville, N.Y. to face off against the Siena Saints. The final dual meet of the year for SHU begins at 1:00 p.m. The Pioneers are seeking to bounce back after a pair of dual meet losses to NEC rivals St. Francis Brooklyn (154-114) and Central Connecticut State University (161-90). Olivia Decas (Mattaposiett, Mass.) provided Sacred Heart with an individual win in the 50-yard freestyle, finishing at 25.83, with Caleigh Dion (Dunstable, Mass.), 26.10, and Alyssa Farnsworth (Leominster, Mass), 26.66, placing third and fourth. Decas, who was the bright spot for the Pioneers also led the squad’s victorious 400-yard freestyle relay. Sacred Heart hopes bring home a victory against the Saints after a disappointing weekend.
The Sacred Heart University men’s tennis team will host Boston University in Rocky Hill, Conn. for its second matchup of the spring season. The Pioneers fell to NJIT 6-1 during the team’s spring season opener at Yale University. Anthony Savio (Bangalore, India) gave the Pioneers their sole victory winning in the tie breaker set 11-9. The Pioneers look to get into the win column on Saturday, February 1st.
Sacred Heart women’s tennis team will travel to West Point to face off against Army this Friday. The match is scheduled to being at 7 p.m. The Pioneers dropped a close 4-3 decision this past weekend at Yale University. Straight set wins in singles by Paige Olson (Sykesville, MD) (6-3, 6-1), Taylor Gurda (Middletown, NY) (6-2, 6-1), and a match win by Nicole Rydzewski (Maspeth, NY) (10-6 overall) provided the Pioneers with their three points. The Pioneers' weekend continues on Saturday afternoon when they take on Binghampton. The match, set for 3 p.m., will be played at Army as well.
MEN'S INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD
The Sacred Heart University men’s track and field will compete at the University of Rhode Island Coaches Invitational at Mackal Field House Saturday. The Pioneers left the John Thomas Terrier Invitational at Boston University with a pair of top 10 finishes. Senior Brandon Hutchinson (Bay Shore, NY) placed third in the long jump with a jump of 6.77m. Sophomore Sean Ferguson (Smithtown, NY) placed in the 3000m with a time of 8:18.27, which was the second best time in the Northeast Conference this year.
WOMEN'S INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD
The Sacred Heart University women’s track and field team will compete at University of Rhode Island Coaches Invitational at Mackal Field House. The Pioneers topped some of the Northeast Conference’s fastest times this season at the John Thomas Terrier Women’s Invitational at Boston University last weekend. Elizabeth Hutchins (Pawcatcuk, CT) placed 5th in the 5000m with 16:54.52, which was the fastest time in the NEC this season. Also, Brianna Castrogivanni (Commack, NY) ran the 3000m in 9:37.85, which was also the fastest in the NEC this season.
Sacred Heart University men’s volleyball team will travel to Stevens Tech Saturday to face off with the East Mennonite University Royals Saturday, February 1st at 11:00 a.m. Sacred Heart is looking for its first road win of the year and will look to senior Brad Borsay (Richmond, RI) who leads the team with 60 kills and sophomore R.J. Uhlir (Norfolk, NE) who leads the team with 93 assists. The Pioneers will also play Stevens Tech on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. The Pioneers last matchup with Stevens Tech ended in a 3-2 loss, with Sacred Heart losing the tie breaker set 15-11. Borsay led the team that game with 14 kills that.
The Sacred Heart University wrestling team will travel to Rider University to compete against the Broncos at Alumni Gym. The match is set for 3 p.m. The Pioneers are coming off a 34-3 loss to Brown University at the Pitt Center. Andrew Polidore (Wayne, NJ) put the Pioneers on the board with a 9-4 decision with four take downs.