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.
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.