FAIRFIELD, CONN. (June 15, 2016)—The Sacred Heart baseball and softball teams were awarded spring team sportsmanship awards from the Northeast Conference Wednesday. Today's awards brings the Pioneers' total to five sportsmanship awards for the 2015-16 year as both the men's and women's cross country teams, and the football team were honored in the fall.
The two teams combined for three All-NEC honorees in 2016. Seniors Jayson Sullivan and Jesus Medina both earned spots on the All-NEC Second Team and led the Pioneers to their eighth consecutive postseason appearance as the two seed in the 2016 NEC Baseball Tournament. Lauren Delgadillo earned her first conference honor at the conclusion of her sophomore season, representing the Pioneers on the softball All-NEC Second Team.
Robert Morris won the award for men's golf, while St. Francis Brooklyn won it on the women's side. Bryant took home the sportsmanship awards for men's lacrosse and women's tennis, with Wagner also snagging two for men's outdoor track and field and men's tennis. The sportsmanship award for women's outdoor track and field went to Central Connecticut.
The sportsmanship awards, instituted by the school presidents in 2008, are designed to acknowledge the team in each conference sport that, in the opinion of its peers, most closely demonstrates good sportsmanship based on the NEC Principles of Sportsmanship and Standards of Conduct. Voting is conducted at the conclusion of each season by each team and head coach, who rank the teams within the conference based on a set of criteria.