Fairfield, Conn.—Two Northeast Conference Champions represent Sacred Heart among the 2011-12 NEC Winter Scholar-Athlete award winners. Callan Taylor (Overland Park, Kan.) is the women's basketball recipient while Jacqueline Carbonetto (Blauvelt, N.Y.) is the women's bowling honoree.
A member of the 2012 NEC Champion Sacred Heart Women's Basketball team, Taylor was named the 2011-12 NEC Player of the Year and to the NEC All-Conference First Team. The small forward was also named to the NEC All-Tournament team after leading SHU to their second title in her four years as a Pioneer. The four-time Choice Hotels NEC Player of the Week ranked in the NEC top-ten in five categories her senior year: second in rebounding (9.6 rpg), second in three-point percentage (.416), third in field goal percentage (.494), sixth in scoring (16.3 ppg) and 10th in made three-pointers (1.63 per game). With her name all over the Sacred Heart record book, in her senior campaign, Taylor became the new all-time rebounding leader recording her 1,033rd against Monmouth in February. The Overland Park native is the first person in Sacred Heart's Division I history to record 1,000 career points and rebounds. Also one of the most decorated players in NEC history, the three-time All-NEC player's 52 double-doubles puts her atop the rest, while her 1,822 ranks eighth all-time and she is third in career rebounds with 1,123. Taylor graduated on Sunday with a 3.56 GPA in Exercise Science after being named to the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District Team for the second straight year.
Sacred Heart junior Carbonetto, a first team NTCA All-American, led the Pioneers to their second NEC title in three years and a berth into the NCAA Championship for the fifth time in program history. She was a first team All-NEC pick who finished third out of a very competitive field at the Kutztown Invitational and bowled a perfect 300 game at the Team USA Trials in Las Vegas on her way to an 18th place finish. As the Pioneers' anchor, Carbonetto averaged 21.47 pins per frame and filled 89.6 percent of frames bowled during NEC regular season play. Her frame average was the highest amongst all bowling in the 10-team league that featured five NTCA All-Americans during the 2011-12 campaign. Therowing 35 strikes in 63 attempts, Carbonetto posted a 20.45 baker frame average at the 2012 NEC Championships where Sacred Heart went 4-0 and defeated two-time NCAA champion Fairleigh Dickinson in the title match. Overall, she logged a 208.61 traditional game average over the course of the NCAA regular season.
Thirteen Pioneers were named to the 2011-12 NEC Winter Commissioner's Honor Roll with a grade point average of 3.75 or higher: Hayle Boyle (Oakdale, N.Y.), Julianne Cappadona (North Attleboro, Mass.), Michelle Navarro (Piscataway, N.J.), Alyssa Selmquist (Northford, Conn.), Sarah Wallis (Forked River, N.J.) and Ashia Wright (Cheshire, Conn.) of the women's track and field team; Matthew Lyhne (Wethersfield, Conn.) from the men's track and field team; from the women's bowling team, junior Jacqueline Willy (Clarence, N.Y.) and graduate student Erin Weinmann (Temple, Penn.); Blair Koniszewski (Vienna, Va.) and Kiley Evans (Cazenovia, N.Y.) of the women's basketball team; Philip Gaetano (Wallingford, Conn.) and Nick Greenbacker (Coventry, N.Y.) represented the men's basketball team.
Seventy-eight of Sacred Heart's winter student-athletes maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or higher to be named to the NEC Winter Academic Honor Roll.