The Northeast Conference announced the Sacred Heart University bowling team earned the 2018 Winter Sportsmanship award for its sport, while the softball, women's golf and women's tennis teams were announced as the winners of the 2019 Northeast Conference Spring Team Sportsmanship Award for their respective sports Thursday afternoon.
The award program, conceived by league Presidents, is 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 captain and head coach, who rank teams within the conference based on a predetermined set of criteria.
The women's bowling team won its fourth NEC Championship in program-history, earning a bid to take on Caldwell in the NCAA Tournament opener. After defeating Caldwell, SHU advanced to the quarterfinals of the National Collegiate Bowling Championship, where it upset reigning defending champions and top-seeded Vanderbilt.
Women's golf closed the season with a second-place finish at the NEC Championships, where it had three members finish in the top-10 individually. The Pioneers had three members earn All-NEC honors as senior Chelsea Sedlar and freshman Hana Bowman garnered All-NEC First Team. Ana Contreras rounded out the group by being named to the All-NEC Second Team.
The softball team finished fourth at the NEC Championships as the team concluded the season with an overall record of 28-27 and 11-5 in conference play. The Pioneers had four members earn All-NEC honors as seniors Emily Orosco, Hailey Desrosiers, and graduate student Fallon Bevino each made the All-NEC First Team. First-year Amy Petrovich was named the NEC All-Rookie Team and All-NEC Second Team. Bevino was also named the NEC Golden Glove Award winner while Desrosiers was tabbed NEC Player of the Year.
Women's Tennis made it to second round of the NEC Tournament as they fell to top seeded LIU Brooklyn in the second round. The Pioneers concluded the season with a record 9-15 while tallying a conference record of 3-3. Senior Olivia Podsibierski was named the All-NEC Second team as she concluded the season 6-15 in individual play, 11-14 in doubles play, and 5-3 in conference play.