2012 Headlines

April 2, 2013
13th Annual Gridiron Golf Tournament Set for June 6th
The Sacred Heart football program announced that the 16th annual Gridiron Golf Tournament is set for Thursday, June 6th and will return once again to Whitney Farms Golf Course in Monroe. The 2013 tournament is being sponsored by Bergen Risk Mangers, Inc. and football alum Jason Cosimano '93.

February 12, 2013
One-Day Developmental Football Clinics Set for June 8th and 21st
Fairfield, CT – The Sacred Heart football team has announced the two dates they will be hosting One-Day Developmental Clinics. The football staff will hold the clinics on Saturday, June 8th and Friday, June 21st. The clinics will be held at the William H. Pitt Center and Campus Field here on the campus of Sacred Heart.

February 6, 2013
Sacred Heart University Football Announces Incoming Recruiting Class
Sacred Heart Head Coach Head Coach Mark Nofri has announced 33 players that have committed to play football at Sacred Heart University starting in the fall of 2013. This year’s recruiting class includes five players from the State of Connecticut. Take a look below to check out the latest class of Pioneers.

November 30, 2012
SHU's Tyler Foehr Named to All-New England Team
Sacred Heart senior defensive end Tyler Foehr (Florence, NJ) added another honor to his resume this week by being named to the 2012 Division I FCS All-New England team by the New England Football Writers. Last week, Foehr was named to the 2012 All-Northeast Conference first team by the league's head coaches.

November 25, 2012
Four Pioneers Receive All-NEC Honors
Four Sacred Heart Pioneers were named to the 2012 All-Northeast Conference Football team announced this week by the league office. Seniors Justin Martel (Manchester, NH) and Tyler Foehr (Florence, NJ) were named to the All-NEC first team while r-junior Chaz Partosan (Willimantic, CT) and junior Justin Sexton (Murrieta, CA) garnered second team honors.

November 17, 2012
Sacred Heart Beaten in Season Finale, 44-24, at Saint Francis (PA)
Sacred Heart sophomore running back Keshaudas Spence (Dorcester, MA) ran for 131 yards and two scores but Saint Francis' quarterback John Kelly racked up 187 yards to lead the Red Flash to a 44-24 win over the Pioneers in the season finale for both teams Saturday in Loretto, PA.

November 15, 2012
Pioneers Close Season at Saint Francis (PA)
The Sacred Heart Pioneers head to Saint Francis (PA) to close out the 2012 season. SHU is looking to end the year by snapping a four-game losing streak and avoiding a 1-7 NEC mark. The Pioneers are coming off a 21-17 loss at home to Robert Morris last week where they saw a 17-6 fourth quarter lead erased by the Colonals. RMU’s Jeff Sinclair tossed the winning touchdown to Nick Groat on fourth and one from the SHU two-yard line with 35 seconds to play. The SFU Red Flash are coming into the season finale off a 45-31 win at Monmouth last week. Saint Francis got their first ever win at Monmouth and in the process, set a new Division I school record for wins.

November 10, 2012
Pioneers Beaten by Robert Morris Late, 21-17
Robert Morris quarterback Jeff Sinclair hit Nick Groat for a touchdown on fourth and one with 35 seconds left as the Colonials erased a 17-6 Sacred Heart fourth quarter lead and steal a 21-17 win on Campus Field Saturday afternoon. The Colonials never led Saturday until Sinclair hit a wide open Groat in the end zone on a fourth and one from the SHU two-yard line.

November 8, 2012
Pioneers Host Robert Morris on "Senior Day"
The Sacred Heart Pioneers play host to the Robert Morris Colonials on “Senior Day” Saturday afternoon. The Pioneers will honor their 21 graduating seniors, along with their parents, before kick-off with the Colonials. SHU is looking to end a three-game slide, their longest losing streak of the season, as the close out the season against RMU and Saint Francis (PA) next week. SHU is coming off a 34-14 loss at Bryant last week where three big plays by the Bulldogs proved costly. The Pioneers defense had 17 tackles for a loss and five sacks but touchdown throws of 74 and 52 yards and an interception return put SHU in a hole they couldn’t get out of. The Colonials are coming off a 17-13 win over their Pittsburgh rival Duquesne. Quarterback Jeff Sinclair tossed a 41-yard touchdown to Duane Mitchell for the winning score early in the fourth quarter.

November 3, 2012
Pioneers Beaten at Bryant, 34-14
The Sacred Heart football team dropped their third-straight game Saturday afternoon, falling at Bryant University 34-14 in a Northeast Conference match-up. The Pioneers were held to a season-low 22 yards rushing and turned the ball over four times in losing their third-straight to the Bulldogs.

November 1, 2012
Pioneers Take to the Road at Bryant on Saturday
Sacred Heart opens the month of November with a road trip to newest Northeast Conference member Bryant on Saturday afternoon. The Pioneers are coming off a near upset of #20 ranked Albany last Saturday, falling 23-20 in the closing minutes of the game. SHU closes the season with games against the three teams joining them at the bottom of the NEC standings. After heading to Bryant, the Pioneers return home to host Robert Morris and end the year at Saint Francis (PA). The Bulldogs had their bye last week but come in having won two-straight after an 0-6 start to their season. Bryant owns a pair of three-point victories over Robert Morris, 38-35, and Monmouth, 27-24.

October 27, 2012
Pioneers Push Albany to Brink, Fall Short 23-20
The Sacred Heart football team gave the #20/24 ranked Albany Great Danes all they could handle on Saturday afternoon before falling 23-20 in a Northeast Conference match-up on Campus Field. Albany's Omar Osbourne rang off a 40-yard touchdown run with 1:38 left to give the Great Danes the lead for good and keep them unbeaten in NEC play at 5-0.

October 25, 2012
Pioneers Return Home to Host Nationally Ranked Albany
The Sacred Heart Pioneers head back home to Campus Field on Saturday looking to bounce back from a 35-3 loss at Duquesne as they play host to the Albany Great Danes on “SHU Family Weekend.” The Pioneers are home for just the third time this season and carry a 2-5 mark into Saturday’s match-up. The defending Northeast Conference Champion and preseason favorite Great Danes come in off their bye week sporting a 6-1 record and a 4-0 NEC mark. Albany finds itself ranked in both top-25 national polls this week. The Great Danes moved up two spots in the Coaches Poll to No. 20, staying ranked for the third straight week, while breaking into the The Sports Network Poll for the first time in six years at No. 24. The 2012 season is the last for the Great Danes in the NEC as they will move into the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) in 2013.

October 20, 2012
Pioneers Fall to Duquesne 35-3
The Sacred Heart Pioneers were dealt a 35-3 Northeast Conference loss at Duquesne University Saturday afternoon on Arthur J. Rooney Field in Pittsburgh, PA. The Pioneers struggled offensively and a few special teams mistakes proved costly in falling to 2-5 and 1-4 in the NEC. Duquesne improved to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the league.

October 18, 2012
Pioneers Return to NEC Play at Duquesne
The Pioneers return to Northeast Conference play with a trip to Pittsburgh, PA to face the Duquesne Dukes Saturday afternoon. Sacred Heart is coming off a 27-10 win at Dartmouth last week to improve to 3-1 against the Ivy League over the last three seasons. The SHU defense allowed just three points and shut out the Big Green in the second half while sophomore Keshaudas Spence ran wild to the tune of a career-high 138 yards and three touchdowns in the win. The Dukes will put a nine-game home winning streak on the line as they look to bounce back from their first NEC loss last week. Duquesne, coming off their bye, lost at Central Connecticut State, 38-31, last Saturday.

October 17, 2012
Sacred Heart Represented at 8th Annual Sports Night
The Fairfield County Sports Commission held their eighth annual Sports Night on Monday at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich with Sacred Heart football coach Paul Gorham receiving this year's Chelsea Cohen Courage Award. In addition, SHU co-sponsored the Bill Gonnillo Local Sports media Award with Fairfield University with Athletic Director Donald Cook presenting the award.

October 15, 2012
Sacred Heart Trio Win NEC Weekly Awards
The Sacred Heart football trio of senior Robert Shepherd (Groton, CT), junior Justin Sexton (Murreita, CA) and freshman Kellen Sperduto (Oldwick, NJ) were named winners of this week's Northeast Conference Football awards. Shepherd was named the NEC Special Teams Player of the Week, Sexton earned Defensive Player of the Week accolades and Sperduto was tabbed the league's Rookie of the Week.

October 13, 2012
Pioneers Trim the Ivy 27-10 Over Dartmouth
Sacred Heart sophomore Keshaudas Spence churned out a career-high 138 yards rushing and three touchdowns while the Pioneer defense pitched a second half shut-out on the way to a 27-10 win over Dartmouth College Saturday afternoon on Memorial Field. The Pioneers improved to 2-4 overall and 3-1 all-time against the Ivy League with the win.

October 11, 2012
SHU Heads to Dartmouth for Final Non-Conference Tilt
The Sacred Heart Pioneers head up north to close out the non-conference portion of their schedule at Dartmouth College Saturday afternoon. The Pioneer offense was held in check in a 12-3 loss to Wagner last week. On the flip side, the Big Green paid a visit to the Nutmeg State last Saturday and came away with a 34-14 win over the Yale Bulldogs.

October 9, 2012
SHU's Tyler Foehr Wins NEC Special Teams Award
Sacred Heart senior captain Tyler Foehr (Florence, NJ) was named the Northeast Conference Football Special Teams Player of the Week announced on Monday. Foehr earns the honor for the first time in his career.

October 6, 2012
Sacred Heart Stymied in 12-3 Loss to Wagner
The Sacred Heart offense was held in check Saturday afternoon, falling to Wagner College 12-3 in a Northeast Conference match-up on Campus Field. The Seahawks got 122 yards and two touchdowns from junior running back Dominique Williams as they even their record at 3-3 and improve to 3-1 in the NEC. The Pioneers drop to 1-4 and 1-2 in the NEC.

October 3, 2012
Pioneers Look for Two-Straight Hosting Wagner
Fresh off a 34-21 “Homecoming” win over Northeast Conference rival Central Connecticut State, the Sacred Heart Pioneers are right back at home playing host to the Wagner College Seahawks on Saturday. The Pioneers snapped a three-game skid and delivered interim head coach Mark Nofri his first win beating NEC rival CCSU. After opening their season 0-3, Wagner has picked-up a pair of wins the last two weeks, beating CCSU, 31-13, and Bryant, 31-21.

October 2, 2012
SHU Football Coach Paul Gorham Named Chelsea Cohen Courage Award Winner
The Fairfield County Sports Commission today announced that Sacred Heart head football coach Paul Gorham is the 2012 Chelsea Cohen Courage Award winner. Gorham will be honored at the Commission’s 8th annual Sports Night awards dinner, Monday, Oct.15 at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich at 6 pm.

September 29, 2012
Pioneers Deliver 34-21 Homecoming Win Over CCSU
Sacred Heart sophomore running back Keshaudas Spence (Dorchester, MA) rumbled his way to 123 yards rushing to help lead the Pioneers to a 34-21 win over Central Connecticut State on "Homecoming" Saturday afternoon on Campus Field. The win was the first for the Pioneers and the first for interim head coach Mark Nofri.

September 26, 2012
SHU Returns Home to Host CCSU Live on Fox College Sports
After three-straight games on the road to open 2012, the Sacred Heart Pioneers are finally back at home on Campus Field, highlighting “Homecoming Weekend”. The Pioneers will welcome Nutmeg State rival Central Connecticut State University to town for a Northeast Conference battle that is being broadcast live on Fox College Sports. The Pioneers and Blue Devils both come in searching for their first win of 2012. SHU is coming off a 27-14 loss at Monmouth last Saturday, where for the second-straight week they were tied at the half 14-14 only to be shut-out over the final two quarters. The Blue Devils are 0-4 and coming off a 31-13 loss at home to Wagner last Saturday in their NEC opener.

September 22, 2012
Pioneers Fall in NEC Opener, 27-14 at Monmouth
For the second-straight week, the Sacred Heart football team was shut-out in the second half, losing their Northeast Conference opener 27-14 at Monmouth University Saturday afternoon on Kessler Field. The Pioneers fall to 0-3 (0-1 NEC) to start the season while the Hawks earn their third-straight win and are now 3-1 and 2-0 in the NEC.

September 20, 2012
Pioneers Set for NEC Opener Saturday at Monmouth
The Sacred Heart Pioneers head into the start of Northeast Conference play this Saturday at Monmouth. The Pioneers are in search of their first win of 2012 after falling a Colgate, 35-14, last week. The Pioneers allowed 21 unanswered points in the second half to break open a 14-14 game at the half. en route to the loss. On the flip side, the Hawks come in red hot after answering their season opening loss at #16 ranked Lehigh with consecutive wins over Rhode Island and Wagner. Monmouth went to Staten Island, NY last Saturday and returned home with a 38-17 win in their NEC opener.

September 15, 2012
Big Second Half Lifts Colgate Past Sacred Heart 35-14
Colgate senior running back Jordan McCord rumbled his way to 167 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns to lead a big second half for the Raiders in a 35-14 win over Sacred Heart Saturday afternoon at Andy Kerr Stadium.

September 12, 2012
Pioneers Back in Action Saturday at Colgate
Sacred Heart comes off an early season bye week to take on the Colgate Raiders of the Patriot League in game two of three-straight on the road to open 2012. The Pioneers are coming off a four-overtime heartbreaker at Morgan State in week one, falling 30-27 to the Bears in their first-ever meeting with a school from the MEAC. The Raiders return to their Hamilton, NY campus after an 0-2 start to their season on the road. Colgate lost their opener to Northeast Conference defending champion and preseason favorite Albany, 40-23, and fell 31-21 at South Dakota last Saturday.

September 1, 2012
Pioneers Lose Four-Overtime Heartbreaker, 30-27, to Morgan State
Ervin Gonzalez drilled a 20-yard field goal in the fourth overtime to give the Morgan State Bears a 27-24 win over visiting Sacred Heart University Saturday afternoon at Hughes Stadium in Baltimore, MD. The loss drops the Pioneers to 0-1 to start the season.

August 29, 2012
Pioneers Set to Open 2012 at Morgan State
The Pioneers will kick-off the 2012 season on the road taking on the Morgan State Bears from the MEAC. SHU was picked eighth in the 2012 Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll heading into the 2012 season, coming off a 5-6 campaing last fall. The Pioneers finished 3-5 in the NEC, good for a tie for sixth place. The Bears posted a 5-6 mark in 2011 as well and posted a 4-4 conference mark. They were tabbed seventh in the Preseason MEAC Poll.

August 24, 2012
Foehr, Sierra and Tate Named 2012 Football Captains
FAIRFIELD, CT (August 24, 2012) - As preseason football training camp comes to an end and the Pioneers head toward their week one match-up with Morgan State, Sacred Heart interim head football coach Mark Nofri has announced that seniors Tyler Foehr (Florence, NJ), Rock Tate (Lantana, FL) and Niko Sierra (Longmeadow, MA) have been named team captains for the 2012 season.

August 7, 2012
Homecoming Battle Slated for NEC TV
The Northeast Conference announced their five-game television football package for their 17th season on the gridiron this fall and Sacred Heart will be featured against in-state rival Central Connecticut State. The Pioneers will host the Blue Devils on Saturday, September 29th on "Homecoming Weekend". The game time has been moved to 12:00 noon and the game will be featured live on Fox College Sports, Cox and on ESPN3.

August 3, 2012
Sacred Heart Welcomes Home Paul Gorham
On Thursday night, August 2nd, more than 250 family and friends of head football coach Paul Gorham packed Sacred Heart's Chapel of the Holy Spirit and then the newly opened Linda McMahon Commons to celebrate his return home to Connecticut and campus after battling health issues over the past six months.

August 2, 2012
Rogers Named to Fred Mitchell Award Watch List
As the Sacred Heart football program gets ready to open preseason training camp, r-sophomore place kicker Chris Rogers (Cazenovia, NY) was named to the Fred Mitchell Award Award Watch List for the upcoming 2012 season. The annual Fred Mitchell Outstanding Place-Kicker Award is provided to the nation's top collegiate place-kicker among more thatn 750 FCS, Division II, III, NAIA and NJCAA football teams.

August 2, 2012
Trio of Pioneers Tabbed Preseason All-NEC
The Sacred Heart football team was picked to finish eighth in the Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll announced Thursday afternoon via a media teleconference. The Pioneers placed three players on the 2012 Preseason All-NEC team in seniors Tyler Foehr (Florence, NJ) and Justin Martel (Manchester, NH) and r-sophomore Chris Rogers (Cazenovia, NY).

July 6, 2012
SHU's Chris Rogers Named a BSN 2012 FCS Preseason All-American
Sacred Heart r-sophomore Chris Rogers (Cazenovia, NY) has been named to the BSN College Sports Network FCS Preseason All-America team. Rogers earns a spot on the 2012 preseason second team.

May 11, 2012
Pioneer Football Continues to Build Incoming Class - Announces 11 Commitments
The SHU football coaching staff has announced 11 additional commitments to the Pioneer roster for the 2012 season.

March 28, 2012
Annual Gridiron Golf Tournament Set for June 8th
FAIRFIELD, CT - The Sacred Heart footbal team announced their 12th Annual Gridiron Golf Tournament is set for Friday, June 8th at Whitney Farms Golf Course in Monroe.

March 28, 2012
Pioneer Football Announces 2012 Schedule
The Sacred Heart football program announced their 11-game schedule for the 2012 season. The Pioneers begin their 22nd season on the gridiron this fall and 14th season playing in the Northeast Conference. This year's slate features just four home games and first ever meetings with Morgan State and Colgate.