The Sacred Heart University women's lacrosse team had three All-Northeast Conference honorees announced at the pretournament banquet Thursday night in Smithfield, RI. Senior Shelby Vaccaro (Brightwaters, N.Y.) headlined the Pioneer selections by being named First-Team All-NEC. Sophomore Alison Braig (Reisterstown, Md.) was named to the All-NEC Second Team, while Caitlin Delaney (Cherry Hill, N.J.) earned All-NEC Rookie Team accolades.
Vaccaro led the Pioneers, and was second in the NEC, with 55 points, including a league-leading 3.0 goals per game for the season. Her 42 tallies are good for second in the conference and 43rd in the NCAA, while her 13 assists rank her fifth in the NEC in assists per game through the end of the regular season. Vaccaro, a Second-Team All-NEC selection a year ago, finished the campaign with 17 draw controls, 13 ground balls and seven caused turnovers. She netted four or more goals in six different games during the year, with a season-best six tallies in a win over Manhattan on March 19. That outing was the first of back-to-back seven point efforts from Vaccaro, who scored 30 points in a five-game stretch beginning that afternoon.
Braig earns her first NEC postseason honor on defense, after starting 13 of the 15 games that the team played. She finished the season second on the roster with 28 draw controls, including a season-best four against Stetson and Monmouth. Braig also contributed 14 ground balls, one of eight Pioneers in double figures in that category, and caused eight turnovers. Braig netted her only shot, as well as recording two assists, for three points on the year,
Delaney emerged as one a force all over the field as the season unfolded. She finished the campaign as the Pioneer leader in ground balls, 44, draw controls, 43, and caused turnovers, 26. Delaney ranked second in the league, 12th in the NCAA, at 2.93 ground balls per game, while her 1.71 caused turnovers a game is good for 21st in the nation and third in the country. She also ranks fifth in the league, 73rd nationally, at 3.2 draw controls a contest. Delaney also ranked second on the squad in total points, 29, scoring 23 times during her rookie campaign. She was twice named the NEC Rookie of the Week.