Jan. 22, 2009
Fairfield, CT - Seniors John Kenworthy (Gloversville, NY) of the men's cross country team and Matt Jones (Stoke-on-Trent, England) of the men's soccer team have been named Northeast Conference Scholar Athletes in their respective sports. The awards were announced by the league office Thursday, along with the NEC fall honor roll, which included 75 Sacred Heart student-athletes.
Kenworthy walked away with all-conference honors for the second year in a row after finishing third at the NEC Cross Country Championships in Holmdel Park, NJ this past October. He navigated the course in 26:33 to help the Pioneers to a third place finish at the meet. Kenworthy, who improved on his fifth place finish from the 2007 event, was a two-time NEC Cross Country Athlete of the Week in 2008. The Gloversville, NY native won the Father Leeber S.J. Invitational on September 27th in what was the first individual victory of his career. Kenworthy majors in Political Science and carries a 3.57 grade point average.
Jones earned the third all-NEC honor of his career this past fall when he was voted a first team all-star following an outstanding campaign between the pipes for the Pioneers, who just missed out on a playoff berth. Jones finished the season with a 1.08 goals against average and four shutouts. He started every game in net for Sacred Heart from the moment he stepped on campus four years ago, ending his career with 71 matches, 30 wins, 21 shutouts and over 6,500 minutes played. He also had the rare distinction of a keeper scoring a game-winning goal this past season when he converted a penalty kick in a 2-1 double overtime win over Maine on September 5th. Jones, who was a second team all-conference selection as a freshman and first team honoree a year ago, calls Stoke-on-Trent, England home. He has compiled a 3.63 grade point average majoring in Business.
All scholar-athlete award winners must have earned a minimum of 60 semester hours, maintained a minimum cumulative grade-point-average of 3.20 and participated with distinction as a member of a varsity team. The NEC fall Academic Honor Roll consists of 740 student-athletes, a 31.4 percent increase from the fall of 2007.